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Jeff Lampe

Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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May 8: Picture of the Day

May 08, 2010 at 08:06 PM

Dalton Wesley (pictured above) didn’t wind up catching big bass at this weekend’s Illinois bass fishing state championships on Carlyle Lake.

And his Edwardsville team only placed 20th.

But for me anyway, Wesley provided one of the most enjoyable moments of the entire tournament.

While preparing to weigh-in the day’s catch, the little freshman struggled to get Edwardsville’s last two fish out of the livewell.

Look at him in the picture above with a pair of 4-pound bass and you can tell why.

His height? “Like 5-foot-nothing,” said the smiling Wesley.

His weight? “Like 80 pounds,” he said, still smiling.

Before long, we were all smiling as the freshman demonstrated once again what makes this tournament special.




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