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Benton Seniors Named Bass Fishing All-Americans By Bassmaster

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For the second consecutive year, 12 standout high school anglers have been selected as members of the exclusive Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team.

Two of those honorees hail from the same high school in Illinois, as Benton High School seniors Trevor McKinney (pictured left) and Dailus Richardson (right) were both recognized on the team. McKinney and Richardson will try to lead the Rangers back to the IHSA Bass Fishing State Finals in 2016. They qualified a year ago and caught four fish totaling over 11 pounds to place seventh in the state in the team competition.

Bassmaster provided the following bios on the two All-Americans, and for more on the program click here.

Trevor McKinney, Benton High School
A senior on the Benton High School fishing team, McKinney has tallied an impressive five wins in the past 12 months, including the Bassmaster State qualifier, as well as a 99-team event this past May. McKinney also chalked up five other Top 10 finishes, including a second place showing at The Bass Federation State Championship. Perhaps even more impressive, this senior is his high school’s valedictorian (graduating with a 5.25 GPA) and an active member of the National Honor Society. McKinney has already earned several college scholarships, including a $10,000 Presidential scholarship and $5,000 leadership scholarship.

Dailus Richardson, Benton High School
Richardson, a senior at Benton High School, has five tournament wins and eight Top 5 finishes, including a first-place title at the Illinois High School Tournament on Clinton Lake. He also earned a spot on the B.A.S.S. Nation Northern Divisional team representing the state of Illinois, finishing first-place in the high school division and fourth place overall. Richardson and McKinney were teammates in some events during the year.

For more on the program click here.