Sixteen finalists representing 675 qualifiers from nearly 90 schools across Iowa took aim at the state Fish Iowa! Games
target casting competition on July 14 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 12,600 Iowa students across the state took part in these competitions.
The statewide cast off is sponsored by the Iowa Sports Foundation (d.b.a Iowa Games), the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and the Mid-Iowa Bass Masters.
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 – Elias Zaragoza, Des Moines
2nd – Alyssa Digney, New Liberty
1st – Paige Skow, Neola
2nd – Alexandria McCool, Shelby
3rd – Javon Wozny, Des Moines
Age 12 & older
1st – Sawyer Gogerty, Cambridge
2nd – Kodi Cooper, Des Moines
3rd – Jordan Purvis, Johnston
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 sixth year.