McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

Local News

September 16, 2013

McAlester, Lake Eufaula Association, net B.A.S.S. Championship

McALESTER — The city of McAlester and the Lake Eufaula Association has hooked the B.A.S.S. Nation’s 2014 Central Divisional Championships.

Kathy Wall, who is the administrative assistant at the Southeast Expo Center, said she received word Friday that the two were successful in landing the event.

“B.A.S.S. Nation has chosen the city of  McAlester to be the host city,” Walls said. “They will be fishing out of Lake Eufaula.”

The one-week fishing competition is set for the first week of June 2014.

“We will have 128 anglers from nine different states” coming to compete in the tournament, Wall said. Whoever wins the Central Divisional championship will qualify for the B.A.S.S. Masters Championship tournament, she said.

Anglers from Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas. Mississippi, Georgia, Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri are expected  to travel to the McAlester and Eufaula area to compete in the tournament.

McAlester City Manager Pete Stasiak expressed his enthusiasm at the news and what it can mean for McAlester.

“We’re going to be the host city for all the hotels and motels,” Stasiak said. “This is going to be tremendous for our hotels, motels, restaurants and shopping.”

While the championship event is set for June, the impact is expected to be felt before then.

“There will be anglers coming in two or three months in advance to scout Lake Eufaula,” Walls said.

Connie Morris, of the Lake Eufaula Association, accompanied by Wall, spoke to the  McAlester City Council during the council’s Aug. 27 meeting at City Hall to ask the council to support efforts to land the tournament. City councilors voted to support the effort by providing $10,000 for a dinner at the Southeast Expo Center.

However, that didn’t necessarily mean the city and the Lake Eufaula Association had landed the championship competition. It simply kept they were still in the running.

Wall said she didn’t receive confirmation until Friday that the efforts had been successful.

Now that McAlester is the host city, the dinner is

expected to be held June 3.

“We will cater for 250,” Wall said. “It’s for anglers, families, VIPs, media, entourage and staff.”

Wall is also enthusiastic about the impact the Central Division Championship will have on the McAlester and Eufaula areas next summer.

“I think it’s absolutely wonderful for our city,” she said.

Stasiak too, expressed his elation at the landing the championship fishing event for the area.

“We knew this was going to be a tremendous opportunity for out community and our partnership with the Lake Eufaula Association,” he said.

Contact James Beaty at

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' Obama to Oso: We'll Be Here As Long As It Takes Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs
NDN Video
Viral: It's Not Pitbull - It's Amy Poehler! Stephen Colbert Tells David Letterman His Plan for 'Late Show' Recycling Highlights for Earth Day Peeps Launched into Outer Space NYPD's Twitter Request For Photos Backfires New HBO Go Commercials Capture Awkward Family TV Watching Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India Rise of the Milkbots Jenna Dewan-Tatum Strips Down TRENDING: Brian Williams Raps 'Gin and Juice' on ‘Tonight Show’ Middle School heroes rescue students from burning bus WHOPPER OF FISHING STORY: Florida man catches massive Mako shark Maks Chmerkovskiy's "DWTS" Meltdown The many faces of Mike Woodson Ape Builds A Fire And Toasts Marshmallows In Amazing BBC Video Manchester Utd sack manager David Moyes "RHOA's" Dramatic Brawl High school, College Drug Ring Busted In Montgomery County High Court to Hear Dispute of TV Over Internet Raw: Keflezighi, Jeptoo Win Boston Marathon

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.