By Clint Brown
Jordan Wisecup, now a junior at Central College, had an idea his freshman year and knew he had to follow through with it.
"I took an angling class my freshman year with about 20 other students," Wisecup said. "It was a fun, good time. I knew I wanted to start and be part of a fishing team and even took that into consideration when looking at colleges."
While Central College didn't have an official fishing team on campus at the time, with Wisecup's hard work and some help from Central College's Athletic Training Program Director John Roslien, Wisecup's idea has come to reality.
"I asked (John) if he'd be willing to help us get one started and he said he would," Wisecup said. "Mike Valster, a local community member, has also help us with getting supplies, shirts and helped us design a banner. He was basically our sponsor."
Wisecup said after talking to students who he thought would also be interested in his venture, the idea really took off.
"They all said they would be willing to help out and organize things," he said. "Greg Oldsen, Cody Burkhardnt and Jeremy Jaacks serve as chairmen of the club. We were also able to get funding from the student senate here on campus to become an official student organization."
Following their first meeting as a club two weeks ago, Wisecup reports that over 50 students were present and a total of seven of those will be team members and attend tournaments.
The club has currently participated in one tournament, on April 21, in Keosauqua, hosted by the University of Iowa.
"We finished in the middle of the pack," Wisecup said. "There was a slot limit that restricted us some, but it was a good experience."
Wisecup said that plans are in the works to find a sponsor for a tournament locally for the community to participate in and help raise funds for the team.
"So far so good," Wisecup said. "We are just getting out feet wet. We are already working on a schedule for next spring and hope to find other sponsors as a lot of the students don't have the proper equipment to compete. Only having two boats to use restricts us as well to who can fish in the tournaments. We want everyone to participate that is willing and able."
Wisecup also wants to help share the outdoors with others too.
"We are trying to keep those traditions alive," he said. "We want to be a generation that keeps the love of outdoors alive and also enjoy learning experiences outside the classroom."
For more information on the fishing club at Central College, contact Jordan Wisecup at firstname.lastname@example.org or John Roslien at email@example.com.