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Former CHS athlete Elliott Johnson (left) is now a bass fisherman in Kentucky, and he’s headed to the state tournament in the sport. (Photo property of Boyle County High School).

From basketball to bass.

When his family moved from Coupeville to Kentucky after his freshman year, former Wolf Elliott Johnson picked up a new sport not offered at any Whidbey schools.

And now, as a junior at Boyle County High School in Danville, he’s headed to the state tourney as a fisherman.

Johnson and partner Tyler Devine finished 7th out of 87 boats at the KHSAA Region 3 bass fishing meet, hauling in 12.7 pounds of nutritionally-rich dinner.

The cut for state was the top 17, and Boyle County is sending three teams on to the big (fish) dance, best in school history.

Johnson’s teammates finished 4th (Hannah Wesley and Trey Barnett) and 17th (Cooper Kreider and Hagan Gerlach).

While she didn’t make it to state, Boyle County’s Abigail Downey pulled in the third-biggest fish at regionals, a plump lil’ thing tipping the scales at 5.1 pounds.

During his time in Coupeville, Johnson played tennis, basketball and baseball, while younger sister Stella was a standout softball player.

Mom Mimi, a CHS grad and accomplished athlete in her own right, coached multiple teams while dad Scott kept Central Whidbey Little League humming along.

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