Olivia Sheely an Onsted High School Senior always loved to fish with her mom and now she will carry that love of fishing to college
The 17-year-old landed a bass fishing scholarship to college and will fish with Bethel University in Tennessee next year. She has fished numerous tournaments in the Fishing League World, but now takes her talent to the college ranks and will be right in the mix of things in the south.
She researched numerous universities that had fishing teams and scheduled visits. She had no idea that her visit to Bethel would yield her the opportunity to land a $7.5k four year scholarship. Gary Mason is the coach of the Bethel Bass Cats and offered her the scholarship right off the bat which caught both her and her mom a bit of guard. After a few days of pondering, she decided she would take her skill set to Bethel University.
Here love of fishing that she found as youngster, carried on and instilled by her Mom and stepdad, of who she fishes with in the FLW series. She participated in her first full season last summer and was able to qualify for regionals by finishing in the top 10 in one tournament and also had another top 10 finish in a a non-high school tournament. One of the really cool things about fishing is that nothing restricts a person in this sport, regardless of gender or age, so I would say watch out gentlemen, there is a lady in the house and she is aiming for that college title.
All that put aside, the fishing that is, Olivia is planning on becoming a physical therapist but will plan to catch many bass along the way as she attends Bethel University. For more information on Bethel University and the Bass fishing team click Wildcats Bass Fishing Team
Tightlines to you young lady! We wish you well from here at Catchinbass and gentlemen, watch out, she is going to makes some waves along the way!!!
I’m The Bass Dude!