Fourteen finalists representing 457 qualifiers from 65 schools across Iowa took aim at the state Fish Iowa! Games target casting competition on July 20 in Ames.

Qualifiers for the state competition placed first in their class at a Fish Iowa! Games casting contest held at their school this spring. More than 9,400 Iowa students across the state took part in these competitions. The statewide cast off is sponsored by the Iowa Sports Foundation and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

All participants received a certificate. Medals were awarded for three age divisions. The first place winner in each division also received a rod and reel.

Age 8 & younger

1st – Brett Ascherl, Eagle Grove
2nd – Hali Klingenberg, Guthrie Center
3rd – Austin Barrett, Des Moines

Age 9-11

1st – Ty Mennenga, Belmond
2nd – Hunter Pauley, Coon Rapids
3rd – Gabe Kline, Bondurant

Age 12 & older

1st – Aaron Dearden, Des Moines
2nd – Mark Frohwein, Blairsburg
3rd – Albert Romero, Des Moines

Fish Iowa! Games is a casting competition developed by the Iowa Sports Foundation in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The program is a fun competition where students learn to flip, pitch and cast overhand to a target. Participants receive points based on the accuracy of each casting technique. Often, it is taught as part of an introductory fishing unit. For younger students, it may be their first experience with a rod and reel. Fish Iowa! Games is in its seventh year.

Logo courtesy Iowa Department of Natural Resources

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