By Nate Dugener

FRUITPORT–Fruitport’s Evan Ludlow has decided to continue fishing at the collegiate level. Ludlow of the bass fishing team has signed his national letter of intent to attend Southwestern Michigan College to pursue his academic and sportfishing career.

The co-ed bass fishing team at Southwestern Michigan College is brand new and will begin competition this fall. Therefore Ludlow, will be a member of the inaugural squad for the Roadrunners.

Ludlow competed 4 years at Fruitport on the bass fishing team, including a 2020 Michigan Bass Nation State Championship. Ludlow also placed second at the Sportspersons Ministries International HS Muskegon Lake competition and third place at Sportspersons Ministries International Gun Lake competition.

Evan was invited to compete at the 2021 Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School National Championship on Lake Chickamauga in Dayton, Tennessee where he finished 178th out of 308 boats competing.

“Evan is a very competitive self-motivated angler,’ Fruitport fishing coach Brad Vallie said. “He puts forth the effort to become better every time on the water. He takes full advantage of fishing with other folks to learn new techniques. Evan plays varsity football and was a baseball player, but gave that up.”

High school bass fishing and baseball are both in the same season.

“Evan wears his heart on his sleeve and has a lot of raw emotion,” Vallie said. “This attribute has helped him when his game plan is not working, and on the water, decisions need to be made, to move or change patterns. He is a student of the game and will do good things at the collegiate level.”

Ludlow will continue his academic career with a major in Business and has a current GPA of 3.1.

Evan is the son of Ronnie and Stephine Ludlow.