Florala baseball team benefits from tourney

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The Florala Bass Club hosted a bass fishing tournament on Saturday at Lake Frank Jackson in Opp to benefit the Florala Wildcat baseball team.

“I can’t thank the Florala bass club enough,” Wildcats’ head baseball coach. “Tyler Zessin said. “They really helped us offset some cost for the upcoming season.”

There were 22 anglers on 11 boats fishing the lake with the hopes of finishing in the top two money spots.

“For it to have been a warm July Saturday, I thought it was great,” Zessin said. “It was a huge success and I want to thank everyone that came out to support the tournament and our program.”

Zessin said that the Florala Bass Club reached out to him about the tournament.
“It wasn’t that we were just itching to make some money for the program,” Zessin said. “Really, it was the Florala Bass Club reaching out to us to give back to our program. We are very appreciative to them for putting together this tournament.”

The Florala Bass Club was able to present the baseball team with a check for $400 at the end of the day, Zessin said.

“They gave us a $400 check after the tournament was over,” Zessin said. “That will let us be able to get some new equipment. We are getting new helmets and jerseys. This is going to help us offset the cost of these things. This will help us a lot going into next season.”

Keith Varner and Buck Locke took first place in the tournament.

Justin Paul and Shaun Odor Jr., finished in the second place.

This is the first bass tournament benefiting the Florala baseball team.

“It’s going to be something we do each summer,” Zessin said. “The Florala Bass Club does such an incredible job putting on tournaments.”

Zessin said that Florala Bass Club does a lot for Florala.

“They are a great club,” Zessin said. “They have been doing a lot of good things for Florala. They make it all happen. They also host a tournament each year for the football team and the cheer squad. I can’t say enough good about Evan Robbins and the Florala Bass Club.”