MR CTL Press Release
Averages and scores soared along with the temperatures as 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 to the traphouses at Capital City Gun Club in sunny and calm conditions on Apr. 22. Shooters showed off their improving skills with many logging their best rounds of the season. The overall team average jumped by 3.3 targets compared to the previous week.
Century Sophomore Jarek Berger finished the day strong with a perfect second round for a MR CTL-leading total of 47. His classmate Blaine Howard tied him on 23-24 shooting. Senior Austin Hartman of Shiloh rang up a total of 46, good for third on the week, and Bismarck’s William Gebhardt tallied a 45 to finish fourth overall. The Legacy trio of Nathan Weiler, Jake Lang and Jackson Bryant posted totals of 44 to tie for fifth on the week. Senior Kaden Krause of Mandan also logged a perfect round, bringing the total to four on the season across all six schools. Top MR CTL shooters for League Week 1 were:
First Last Sch Gr R1 R2 Tot
Jarek Berger Cen 10 22 25 47
Blaine Howard Cen 10 23 24 47
Austin Hartman Shi 12 22 24 46
William Gebhardt Bis 9 21 24 45
Nathan Weiler Leg 9 21 23 44
Jake Lang Leg 10 23 21 44
Jackson Bryant Leg 9 24 20 44
Thomas Jacobson Leg 7 19 24 43
Jonas Jonson Shi 12 21 22 43
Brodey Matthiesen Man 12 21 22 43
Nicholas Nicholson Leg 11 21 22 43
Adam Boehm Man 12 22 21 43
Nathan Gerding Man 8 22 21 43
Kylie Paczkowski Leg 9 22 21 43
“This is what you get when you combine dedicated participants with great conditions; some incredible totals and high-fives all around,” said Volunteer Coach Eric Grove, “the atmosphere at CCGC was one of accomplishment and excitement all afternoon,” he concluded.
In Conference standings, Shiloh sits atop Class 1A-2 by a razor-thin .5 points, with Bismarck in fourth overall out of 8 teams. St. Mary’s comes in sixth out of eight teams in Conference 1A-3 and Century leads all teams in Conference 1A-4. Legacy holds a firm grasp on fourth overall in the larger Conference 2A-2, while Mandan sits sixth.
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, and to keep up with MR CTL, visit the six Bismarck-Mandan teams’ official website at mrctl.org.
(Featured Photo: Coach Eric Thompson (L) provides some advice in between rounds to young MR CTL shooters in the warm and sunny conditions of LW1. MR CTL Photo by Jason Lueder.)