MR CTL Press Release
After five inches of snow cancelled Practice Week 2 on Apr. 8, 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 reconvened on Apr. 15 among the snowbanks at Capital City Gun Club to log their Reserve Week rounds for the North Dakota State High School Clay Target League (ND CTL). Despite continued chilly temperatures, area shooters put up some impressive totals as they readied for the start of competition rounds the week of Apr. 22.
Sophomore Blaine Howard of Century again led the pack with a perfect second round and a total of 45 for the week. He was followed closely by Bismarck’s William Gebhardt with a total of 44 and McKeon Honeyman of Legacy with a total of 43. His classmate Ethan Grove logged a 42 along with Shiloh’s Austin Hartman to round out the top five. Legacy came on strong, putting five shooters in the RW Top 10. The top MR CTL shooters on the week were:
First Last Sch Gr R1 R2 Tot
Blaine Howard Cen 10 20 25 45
William Gebhardt Bis 9 20 24 44
Mckeon Honeyman Leg 8 23 20 43
Ethan Grove Leg 8 20 22 42
Austin Hartman Shi 12 19 23 42
Jase Helgeson Man 10 21 19 40
Cole Herbel Leg 11 17 23 40
Brady Roehrich Leg 9 19 21 40
Nathan Weiler Leg 9 19 21 40
Hunter Allrich Bis 8 19 20 39
Ethan Knopp Cen 8 22 17 39
Daniel Murray Shi 10 20 19 39
Chance Porsborg Leg 12 18 21 39
Zac Steinke Bis 9 19 20 39
Jenna Thompson Man 10 20 19 39
“Our shooters are holding their own against the elements and improving with each round,” said MR CTL Volunteer Coach Eric Thompson, “when the weather gets better and league rounds start, expect to see a serious uptick in averages from these dedicated participants who always come out ready to go,” he concluded.
Classes and Conferences were announced on April 19, with Bismarck, Century, Shiloh and St. Mary’s landing in Class 1A and Mandan and Legacy falling into the larger Class 2A. The smaller teams will shoot in the ND CTL State Tournament on Sat., June 16, and Mandan and Legacy will take to the range on Sun., June 17. For a complete class and conference breakdown of the 49 participating schools in the state, visit http://ndclaytarget.com/2018/04/18/2018-spring-league-conferences-announced/.
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 49 schools are participating in the league.
MR CTL teams are led by a staff of 25 coaches and supported by 55 volunteers who help instruct, score and supervise 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.
For more information on the league, visit ndclaytarget.com.
(Featured Photo: Volunteer coach Kevin Thomas gives MR CTL participants some advice amidst the melting snowbanks at CCGC prior to Reserve Week rounds. MR CTL Photo)