Two southern Illinois high school bass fishing teams got a huge boost from the Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Conference and State Rep. Jerry Costello II of Smithton.
The fishing teams from Sparta High School and DuQuoin High School accepted scholarships.
The scholarships will help the teams buy fishing gear and participate in future fishing tournaments and events.
"Presenting these scholarships has given me the opportunity to see the support our communities have for these teams and for fishing as a sport," said Representative Costello. "I'm grateful to be able to be a part of preserving this great Southern Illinois tradition in the next generation."