By Richard Polen
Globe Sports Writer
The Missouri State High School Activities Association has approved four emerging activities for statewide competition.
Bass fishing, bowling, chess and target shooting are now listed as activities on the home page of MSHSAA’s web site.
Students at Carl Junction High School already have shown an interest in the new offerings, said activities director Jesse Wall.
“I would be interested in all of those activities,” Wall said. “We already have shooting, which has started at the club level.
“Bass fishing is something that there will be a lot of interest in,” he said. “As a matter of fact, I might volunteer to be the coach.”
Wall explained the difference between emerging activities and the primary sports that are commonly offered on the high school level.
“It’s going to be an emerging activity until there are enough schools for it to be classified as a sport,” he said. “There will be one state competition among all schools. There won’t be classifications.
“Target shooting sounds like there might be guns involved, so I found that interesting in this day and age.”
Member schools approved adding bass fishing by a vote of 275-247, chess by a vote of 267-255 and target shooting by a vote of 264-258.
The most popular of the new offerings was bowling, which was approved 289-233.
College Heights principal Daniel Lewis said the school currently has a variety of activities for its students. “I don’t really see us expanding our activities,” he said. “We already offer 10 sports. Of all the ones, chess would seem to be the most likely.”
Monett, too, is likely to stand pat for now, said athletic director Daryl Bradley.
“I’m sure there’s interest in bass fishing,” he said. “We didn’t start it next year. I’ve already registered our activities for next year and bass fishing wasn’t one of them. I’ve had some kids ask about it, but there just wasn’t enough time.
“We just added boys and girls swimming and diving for next (school) year at the new YMCA,” he said. “Our kids are going to have to work hard to compete at a high level, but I think we have some who can.”