MR CTL Press Release
Members of the Missouri River Clay Target League (MR CTL) trap shooting teams from Bismarck, Century, Legacy, Mandan, Shiloh, and St. Mary’s High Schools took aim at a new season in the North Dakota State High School Clay Target League (ND CTL) amidst
the melting snow piles on Sun. Mar. 25 at Capital City Gun Club north of Bismarck. Despite chilly temperatures and six inches of snow dropped on the region two days earlier, shooters got off to a hot start in Practice Week 1, once volunteers had cleared out the 11 trap houses the day before.
Century Sophomore Blaine Howard posted the season’s first perfect round, leading all competitors with a total of 46. He was followed closely by Mandan Freshman Colton Ternes with a total of 45 on rounds of 24 and 21. Legacy Senior Brady Thomsen rounded out the top three with a total of 43. Top shooters for Practice Week 1 were:
First Last Sch Grd R1 R2 Tot
Blaine Howard Cen 10 21 25 46
Colton Ternes Man 9 24 21 45
Brady Thomsen Leg 12 22 21 43
Hunter Allrich Bis 8 18 24 42
Ethan Oswald Cen 11 21 21 42
Logan Heen StM 9 21 20 41
Daniel Murray Shi 10 22 19 41
Zac Steinke Bis 9 18 23 41
Ethan Grove Leg 8 21 19 40
Austin Hartman Shi 12 20 20 40
Kaden Krause Man 12 20 20 40
“While conditions were not ideal, we had a fantastic start to the season thanks to the help of over 80 volunteer coaches, scorers and assistants who not only cleared the way the day before, but helped these kids get started,” said MR CTL coach Duane Boeder, “these participants see that kind of support and they know, regardless of the conditions, they can do anything – and they do it,” he concluded.
In total, 180 shooters between the six Bismarck-Mandan area high schools are competing in the ND CTL spring season. Formed in 2015, the ND CTL competes in a virtual format, where student-athletes log their scores at a local shooting sports facility, which are then entered into the league’s online scoring system, where teams and individuals are ranked against their competitors statewide. This spring over 1,400 students at 50 schools are participating in the statewide league.
MR CTL teams are led by a staff of 25 coaches and supported by 55 volunteers who help instruct, score and supervise 180 participants as part of the 2018 ND CTL spring season.
The program is funded by generous donations from local sponsors including: Presenting Sponsor Kupper Chevrolet, Kirkwood Scheels, Delta Waterfowl-Puddle Jumpers Chapter, Nodak Sportsmen’s Club, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Absolute Gun Dogs, Starion Bank, Lincoln Sportsman’s Club, Lexar Homes, Pretty Loaded, Warford Orthodontics, Lewis & Clark Wildlife Club, Wallwork Truck Center, Pheasants Forever-Lake McKenna Chapter, Advanced Business Methods, Entzel Trucking, RMS TriTec, Houston Engineering, Action Motor Sports, Double H Guns, Angie Sersha, Dakota Community Bank, iGear, Bobcat of Mandan, Central Dakota Strutters-NWTF, and Mandan Sporting Goods.
(Featured Photo: Members of the Shiloh Christian School CTL team take aim in Practice Week 1. Spring 2018 marks the first season of competition in the ND CTL for the Skyhawks. MR CTL Photo – Jason Lueder)