November 27, 2022


For high school athletes competing in a winning program, victory comes in many forms

PARK FALLS, Wisc. (March 4, 2021) – Comprised of students attending Montgomery High School and Lake Creek High School in the talent-stacked Houston area, the Montgomery ISD Fishing Team competes in the Texas High School Bass Association. The celebrated team – and it’s individual members – “win” regularly, but for these developing young anglers and their coach, Mark Hooker, “victory” doesn’t always mean making the podium.

Victory to me means just going out on the water and learning new things and catching that bass that I worked really hard for.

– Dallin Turner, senior at Lake Creek High School

Even the smallest things count out there on the water. Sometimes victory means having the right rod or the right reel. 

– Carson Rennell, senior at Lake Creek High School

Victory to me is any day on the water when I feel like I learned something new… anything that betters me as an angler.

– Cade Lipham, junior at Lake Creek High School

Victory is when our plan or our dedication and preparation comes together to form a top-ten finish, because we’re always fishing against a bunch of really good anglers. 

– Fallon Clepper, sophomore at Lake Creek High School

As a team, we won Angler of the Year last year for Montgomery. Victory to me means that we had a great day out on the water and the team as a whole did really well.

– Wyatt Ford, sophomore at Lake Creek High School

I define victory as getting out there and doing everything you can do to catch fish… or just having a good time on a nice day.

– Sofy Hartman, junior at Montgomery High School

Montgomery ISD Coach, Mark Hooker, has been part of the St. Croix Family since 1998. “I’m honored to be the fishing coach and sponsor for the most successful fishing team in the Texas High School Bass Association. When we win – which has been more often than not – it’s because of everyone putting in the effort. That’s a victory. We’ve been conference champs six years, runners up once, and regional champs twice. We’ve finished third and fourth in the state, but no matter where we finish, we are always competitive. That’s another victory. But winning the Texas State Championship in 2017? Well, that’s the epitome of victory. It was an awesome feeling.”

About St. Croix Rod

Headquartered in Park Falls, Wisconsin, St. Croix has been proudly producing the “Best Rods on Earth” for over 70 years. Combining state-of-the-art manufacturing processes with skilled craftsmanship, St. Croix is the only major producer to still build rods entirely from design through manufacturing. The company remains family-owned and operates duplicate manufacturing facilities in Park Falls and Fresnillo, Mexico. With popular trademarked series such as Legend®, Legend Xtreme®, Avid®, Premier®, Imperial®, Triumph® and Mojo, St. Croix is revered by all types of anglers from around the world.