Kaukauna students in the tournament were Joe Hemme, Riley Hemme, Jack Berken
Kaukauna students in the tournament were Joe Hemme, Riley Hemme, Jack Berken. WIFA photo

DE PERE — The Kaukauna High School fishing team made a run for the title Saturday and finished second in the Eyes on the Fox HS Walleye Tournament in De Pere.

Kaukauna students in the tournament were Joe Hemme, Riley Hemme and Jack Berken. The Kaukauna team also brought home the biggest walleye.

The inaugural WIFA event was hosted by North Fondy High School Fishing Team.

Appleton North Team 2, with a total length of 150.25 inches, held off a late charge from Kaukauna at 147 inches. Appleton North Team 3 reeled in 145.25 inches to capture finish third.

Alhough total numbers were low, the tournament produced plenty of quality fish, with teams registering a total of 22 walleyes over 24 inches.

Eighteen high school teams participated in the event, and parents and adult boat captains volunteered their time, boats and equipment to get all the kids out on the water.

Top Ten Standings
1st – Appleton North Team 2 – 150.25″
(Scott Papesh, Brendan Papesh, Brandon Wilcox, Aasraka Schroetter)
2nd – Kaukauna – 147″
(Joe Hemme, Riley Hemme, Jack Berken)
3rd – Appleton North Team 3 – 145.25″
(Leon Fischer, Mason Wildenberg, Gus Griffin, Ethan Jansen)
4th – Menasha – 129″
(Matt Olson, Mason Olson, Marcus Schultz)
5th – Appleton North Team 2 – 126.75
6th – North Fondy Team 1 – 120.25
7th – Slinger – 88″
8th – Wausau West – 88″
9th – North Fondy Team 2 – 59.5″
10th – Appleton East – 47.25″

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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.