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2021-22 Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia Pre-Season Poll: Rankings 16th – 20th

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 6 mins ago by Keith Worrall 

Modified Jul 20th, 2021 at 12:49 PM

2021-22 Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia Pre-Season Poll: Rankings 16th – 20th

San Antonio, TX (7/20/2021) – The Association of Collegiate Anglers, which operates the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year program presented by Abu Garcia, is excited to showcase the pre-season rankings for college bass fishing according to a voting poll of top coaches, schools, media personnel, and fishing industry personalities with experience in college fishing.

This poll is a one-of-a-kind poll, similar to rankings in other college sports, that will help kick off the season-long race for the prestigious School of the Year title. Every day this week the ACA will count down and showcase teams that made it into the Top 25, and then in the near future, the first rankings for the 2021-22 season will be announced based on finishes during events this summer. Today’s article will show teams that were selected 16th to 20th in the pre-season rankings.

16. Wabash Valley College
Mt. Carmel, IL
2021 Final Ranking: 20th

“First we are honored to have obtained the respect of our peers so quickly,” noted Todd Gill, Head Coach at Wabash Valley College. “I think it says we have done well in recruiting anglers who are willing to work hard in preparation, who are willing to grind the entire 8 hours knowing that each catch and each cull over the course of a season will pay big dividends. We are going to have to stay humble and keep at it though as the competition is stiff and the learning curve is steep.”

17. Brewton-Parker College
Mt. Vernon, GA
2021 Final Ranking: 12th

Brewton-Parker College lands in 17th following the ACA Top 25 Pre-Season Poll according to the voters in the poll. This 17th place pre-season ranking is five spots lower than where Brewton-Parker finished the 2020-21 season.

18. Catawba Valley Community College
Hickory, NC
2021 Final Ranking: 17th

To this point in the reveal process, Catawba Valley Community College is the first team whose 2021-22 Top 25 Pre-Season Poll ranking is almost identical to its 2021 final ranking. Just last season, Catawba Valley Community College finished the season ranked 17th. As we prepare to reveal the first national rankings of the 2021-22 season, Catawba Valley Community College is ranked 18th in the pre-season poll.

19. Missouri State University
Springfield, MO
2021 Final Ranking: 19th

Having just pointed out the parody between Catawba Valley Community College’s 2021 end-of-season ranking and its standings in the pre-season poll, we now have Missouri State University. The team from Springfield, MO finds itself ranked 19th in the ACA Top 25 Pre-Season Poll. That ranking matches the team’s final ranking in the 2021 race that landed them just inside the Top 20 teams in the nation.

20. University of North Alabama
Florence, AL
2021 Final Ranking: 16th
School of the Year Titles: 2 (2014, 2015)
ACA National Championship Titles: 1 (2017 – Sloan Pennington & Hunter McCarty)

The final team in this installment of the Top 25 Pre-Season Poll reveal is the University of North Alabama. Located in Florence, AL, UNA is one of the most decorated teams in the history of collegiate bass fishing.

“We plan on moving into the top five and also keeping the National Championship trophy right here in Florence, AL,” said Benson Dowler, UNA Team President. UNA could easily be a Top 10 team this year, and it’s surprising to many that they are starting the season ranked 20th in the pre-season poll.

 

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