Brother, Sister among 10 Youths
for National Casting Championship
Kansan Chris Smreker places
fourth in 11-14 age group
SHREVEPORT, La.-April 20, 2002-Rex and Vanessa Rodanas are siblings with a common
cause. Both are among 10 youths between the ages of 7 and 14
who have qualified for the BASSMASTER CastingKids National Championship
presented by CITGO and Chevy Trucks.
The national semifinal round of the unique
contest was held today in Shreveport with 94 youths competing
from 46 states and the Canadian province of Ontario. The five
high scorers from each of the two age divisions (7-10 and 11-14)
have advanced to the finals set for July in Birmingham, Ala.
The finalists will compete for $20,000 in college scholarships
to be awarded in the contest held by B.A.S.S., the world's largest
Finalists in the 7-10 age division are
Vanessa Rodanas, Bedford, N.H.; Joshua Erickson, Maplewood, Minn.;
Benjamin Tawney, Parkton, N.C.; Jeffrey Reeder, Kennewick, Wash.;
and Sara Paxton, Smackover, Ark.
Finalists in the 11-14 age division are
Rex Rodanas, Bedford, N.H.; Kody McCollum, Winner, S.D.; C.J.
Shirey, Talladega, Ala.; Gregory Gutierrez Jr., Red Bluff, Calif.;
and Chris Smreker, Osawatomie, Kan.
Of the finalists, Shirey is a past CastingKids
national champion and Rex Rodanas a former finalist.
"It's really cool to be the first
brother and sister to compete together in the finals," said
Rex Rodanas. "We get another family vacation together and
I hope that one of us wins."
"This is phenomenal," added Donna
Rodanas, mother of the duo. "Each one is different. Rex
is very focused and directive in his goals and Vanessa is loose
and looks at the big picture. So it's amazing they can come together
and hit the same mark."
All things considered, she is correct.
Vanessa, 10, won a $20,000 college scholarship in a contest for
stacking the most Oreo Cookies. She was to leave from the casting
contest today for a fencing competition. On the flip side, brother
Rex, 12, also fences and has taken up hunting with his father.
In the CastingKids competition, each contestant
flips a hookless lure to a target 10 feet away, pitches the bait
from 20 feet away, and flips the lure to the target from 30 feet
away. Each try is worth points that can add up to a perfect score
of 150. Former finalist McCollum was the only contestant in the
semifinals to score 150 points.
By sanctioning over 20,000 tournaments
worldwide through its B.A.S.S. Federation, B.A.S.S. is the world's
largest fishing organization. The CITGO BASSMASTER Tournament
Trail is the oldest and most prestigious pro bass fishing tournament
circuit. It continues to set the standard for credibility, professionalism
and sportsmanship after more than three decades.
Sponsors of BASSMASTER CastingKids are:
CITGO Petroleum Corporation, Chevrolet, Armstrong Industrial
Hand Tools, Bass Pro Shops, Berkley, Eagle Claw, Exide Technologies-Stowaway
Batteries, B.A.S.S. Platinum Visa/First USA Bank, Flowmaster,
GMAC Insurance, W.L. Gore and Associates, Inc., Kumho Tires,
Long John Silver's, Lowrance, Mercury Marine, MotorGuide/Quantum,
Skeeter, Triton and Yamaha.
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