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On Second Thought

Make fishing a high school sport?

Missouri considers sanctioning young anglers

John Neporadny, 58, has fished in Missouri since childhood, and now he’d like high school kids across the state to get in the game. In part because of Neporadny’s persistent efforts, the state on April 1 will open monthlong voting among school officials, asking if they favor sanctioning the sport of bass fishing and incorporating it as an activity on par with the likes of band and cheerleading.

“Not every kid is blessed with the God-given skill to run a 4.4 in the 40 or throw a 90 mile-an-hour fastball,’’ reminded Neporadny, a freelance outdoors writer, recently reached by phone at his home in Table Rock, Mo., a couple of hours southwest of St. Louis. “But anyone can learn how to cast.’’

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