HCPA Bass Fishing Team Having Success in Inaugural Tourney Season
Minnesota Junior Bass Nation South Metro Conference #2 Tournament (Wednesday, July 28)
Though the late afternoon’s heat pushed back start times, the high temperatures and humidity did not get in the way of the Warriors having a successful day on Lake Waconia. Three of four HCPA boats finished in the top ten and graduate Alvin Yang took largest fish honors.
“It was hot!” stated HCPA Elementary Dean of Students and team faculty advisor Xao Xiong. “However, and considering the adverse weather conditions, I was proud of how our kids competed.”
“As the tournament was wrapping up, you should have seen the smiles on these kids' faces when their boats pulled up,” added Xiong. “Even our boat captains couldn't hold in their excitement! When each kid pulled out their big fish, the crowd went wild! And as each fish was put in the bag to be weighed, everyone was anticipating what the weight would be! What a great night!”
Seniors Chimu Vang and Ethan Vue took third place with a 15.11 lb. total, edging out fourth-place finishers and teammates junior Kylie Thao and sophomore Landyn Cha by one and a half pounds. Class of 2021 graduate Alvin Yang took tournament “big fish” honors with a 4.33 lb. lunker. Yang, along with teammate and junior Timothy Vang took seventh place. 2021 graduates Simon Hang and Andrew Yang finished in fourteenth place to round out the Warrior’s performance. Teams from Eden Prairie, Lakeville, Bloomington, Hopkins, and St. Thomas Academy filled out the tourney’s 17 boat field.
Minnesota Junior Bass Nation South Metro #1 Tournament (Wednesday, July 21)
The Warriors’ first tourney in school history took place at Prior Lake and again featured teams from Lakeville, Eden Prairie, Bloomington, and St. Thomas Academy. Three HCPA teams finished in the top ten out of a field of 23 boats.
Junior Timothy Vang and 2021 graduate Alvin Yang led the Warriors with a fourth-place finish. 2021 grads Simon Hang and Andrew Yang (sixth place), junior Kylie Thao and sophomore Landyn Cha (ninth place), and seniors Chimu Vang and Ethan Vue (fourteenth place) rounded out the team’s performances.
Xiong was proud of his team’s effort.
“This was the first fishing tournament in HCPA history, and I could not be happier about how we placed. Our students competed against other teams that started fishing competitively when they were in middle school. In fact, Lakeville had members on the 2020 Bassmaster High School All-American Team.”
Two events make up the team’s upcoming tournament schedule.
“The three graduates are eligible and qualified to compete in the MN Bass Nation Tournament of Champions,” added Xiong. “They’ll be competing against some of the best of the best adult league tournament anglers in Minnesota beginning Wednesday, August 4 on the Mississippi Pool 4 and Pool 5 near Wabasha, MN. Current HCPA students will most-likely head to the High School Bass Nation State Tournament up on Gull Lake in September. We are still waiting on the results. We’re looking forward to representing HCPA and competing at a top level in our upcoming tournaments.”
Hmong College Prep Academy is located at 1515 Brewster Street in St. Paul, southeast of the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. For more information, directions, or to schedule a tour, interested parents and students can call 651-334-5842 or online at hcpak12.org. The school is currently enrolling students in grades K-12 for the 2021-2022 school year. Space is extremely limited.