UPDATED: IHSA state bass finals postponed

April 29, 2013 at 08:50 PM
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) announced on Monday that the 2013 IHSA Bass Fishing State Final Tournament, scheduled for May 3-4 at Carlyle Lake in Carlyle, has been postponed due to potentially dangerous water levels.

The event will be rescheduled for later this spring at Carlyle.

The IHSA Board of Directors made the decision to postpone the finals based upon discussions with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers who oversee Carlyle Lake.

IHSA staff members also visited the lake Sunday to assess the situation.

The IHSA postponed the tournament in 2011 when the Carlyle area was hit with storms that produced 10 inches of rain in a little over a week.

The tournament was held June 17-18, 2011.

IHSA executive director Marty Hickman said safety is the "number one priority."

Several of the IHSA sectional tournaments were delayed due to weather this season, as the 22 Sectionals originally scheduled for April 19 were ultimately completed on April 26.

Fifty-two boats qualified or the state final tournament.