A former captain with the Gainesville High School bass fishing team was charged this week with fraud related to cheating at a high school fishing tournament last fall.
Ryan Lovelace, 43, was booked into the Grayson County Jail on Sunday, May 12, on a Class A misdemeanor charge of fraud-freshwater fish tournament, according to jail and court records. He bonded out the same day.
Lovelace is a biology teacher at GHS, Superintendent DesMontes Stewart said Friday, May 17. He was a captain with the bass fishing team during this past season. However, he was removed from his role with the team “immediately following the reported cheating incident,” Stewart said.
Jail records indicate the alleged offense happened Nov. 17, 2018, the date of the Texas High School Bass Association’s Lake Texoma tournament for the North Texas region.
Game wardens told KXII TV in Sherman the charge stems from questions surrounding the total number of bass Lovelace’s team caught in the competition.
The misdemeanor charge could carry consequences of up to a year in jail and up to a $4,000 fine, KXII reported.