​​Weston • Platte County • Missouri

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Want some free fun that gets family and friends outside in nature? Get hooked on fishing with the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Free Fishing Days June 8 and 9. During Free Fishing Days, anyone may fish in the Show-Me State without having to buy a fishing permit, trout permit, or trout park daily tag.
Free Fishing Days is an annual MDC event that takes place statewide during the Saturday and Sunday following the first Monday in June.
Aside from not needing permits, other fishing regulations remain in effect, such as limits on size and number of fish an angler may keep. Special permits may still be required at some county, city, or private fishing areas. Trespass laws remain in effect on private property.
Conservation makes Missouri a great place to fish, and Free Fishing Days encourages people to sample Missouri’s abundant fishing opportunities. Missouri has more than a million acres of surface water, and most of it provides great fishing. More than 200 different fish species are found in Missouri, with more than 20 of them being game fish for the state’s more than 1.1 million anglers.
For information on Missouri fishing regulations, fish identification, and more, get a copy of MDC’s 2024 Summary of Missouri Fishing Regulations, available where permits are sold, or online at mdc.mo.gov/about-us/about-regulations/summary-missouri-fishing-regulations.
Want to learn to fish? MDC’s Discover Nature – Fishing Program provides a series of free lessons throughout the state. All fishing gear is provided. Learn more at mdc.mo.gov/fishing/discover-nature-fishing.
Need fishing gear? MDC works with numerous libraries and other locations around the state to loan fishing gear for free. Loaner gear includes fishing poles and simple tackle box with hooks, sinkers, and bobbers. Worms, minnows, or other bait are not provided. Find MDC Rod and Reel Loaner Program locations at mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/rod-reel-loaner-locations.
MDC’s free MO Fishing app is available for download through Google Play for Android devices or the App Store for Apple devices. Learn more at mdc.mo.gov/contact-engage/mobile-apps/mo-fishing.

The West Platte boys team finished their 20204 season with a bang at Jefferson City the past weekend. The Boys came home with a third place finish plaque, a repeat from last year. 
“We took 6 boys (Will Shafer--Brady McMillan--Miles McHenry--Jonah McGivern--Alex Kinslow--Augie Hill) in a total of 7 events,” Coach Newsted said. 
“Every boy and every event medaled (placed in top 8) at state this weekend. Over my years I have had teams do well in plaque at state level, but this is the first time in my career that this happened. 
“Seven events and 7 placements at state is pretty impressive. If you add the girls to the equation we qualified in 17 events and 15 of them medaled or placed. 
“Coach Giger and I were talking Friday night after prelims and both commented that we both have never had every prelim on Friday qualify and make it to Saturday to the medal rounds,” he said.  “The kids just over achieved all the coaches expectations.”
Boys also broke 4 school records this weekend in the 100 m dash, 110 Hurdles, 300 Hurdles and the 4 x 200 Relay (see results below). One gold medal on the day was the 4 x 200 relay.
100 m Dash --Augie Hill  3rd place medal with a time of 10.74 (SR) 
110 Hurdles--Miles Mchenry 4th place medal with a time of 15.58 (SR)
300 Hurdles--Alex Kinslow 3rd place medal with a time of 40.30 (SR)
Javelin--Miles McHenry 6th place with a throw of 48.75
4 x 200 Relay--Augie Hill, Jonah McGivern, Brady Mcmillan, Will Shafer placed 1st gold medal with a time of 1:29.74 (SR)
4 x 100 Relay--Augie Hill, Alex Kinslow, Joanah McGivern, Brady McMillan placed 2nd with a time of 43.64
4 x 400 Relay--Brady Mcmillan, Alex Kinslow, Jonah McGivern, Will Shafer placed 3rd with a season PR time of 3:27.59
Class 2 Boys Team Standings    
1st East Buch--56 points
2nd Clark County--52 points
 3rd West Platte--44 points
4th Crystal City--40 points
“This 2024 West Platte team was one of the best teams I have had the pleasure of coaching in my 30 year career. 
“We finished the year with 7 school records, a runner up plaque at the KCI conference, a runner up at District (both losses to State Champs East Buch), and now another 3rd place finish at Class 2 Boys State,” he said. “I could not think of a better group of kids to end my coaching career with. Big thank you to the kids, parents and Blue Jay Family that have helped support me and the boys track team over the past 4 years. 
“As I set my sights on retirement,  I will miss coaching, I will miss the sport of track, and most of all I will miss this school district and the great kids I work with each day. THANK YOU EVERYONE, LOVE COACH NEWSTED.”

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Boys 4x100 Meter Relay – 2nd Place – Jonah McGivern, Alex Kinslow, Brady McMillan & August Hill

West Platte Boys Take 3rd in State Track

Girls 4x800 Meter Relay – 5th Place – Blair McHenry, Julia Pattison, Maddison McMillan & Avery Holmes

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Get hooked on fishing with MDC Free Fishing Days

June 8 and 9

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