Howard Logs First Perfect 50 in League Week 2

MR CTL Press Release

Century Sophomore Blaine Howard posted MR CTL’s first perfect 50 in LW2. He now sits fifth overall in ND CTL competition. (MR CTL Photo by Jason Lueder)

With wind gusts topping 35 mph on Sun. Apr. 29 at Capital City Gun Club and targets blowing every which way, 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 bared down and put forth a solid effort in the second week of North Dakota State High School Clay Target League (ND CTL) competition.

The winds couldn’t stop Century Sophomore Blaine Howard, as his focus overcame the conditions on the way to posting two perfect rounds to lead all shooters with a total of 50; a first for any Bismarck-Mandan area school.  With that score, Howard jumps to fifth overall in the state with an average of 24.25 after two weeks of competition.

Howard was followed by Shiloh Senior Austin Hartman who posted a total of 44.  Legacy Senior Chance Porsborg, Shiloh Eighth Grader Trenton Radenz and Bismarck Freshman Zac Steinke rounded out the top five with totals of 43.  Top shooters for MR CTL in League Week 2 were:

First       Last                    Sch         Gr           R1           R2           Tot         
Blaine    Howard                Cen        10           25           25           50
Austin   Hartman              Shi          12           20           24           44
Chance Porsborg              Leg         12           21           22           43
Trenton Radenz                Shi          8              21           22           43
Zac         Steinke                 Bis          9              21           22           43
Adam    Boehm                 Man       12           19           23           42
Ethan    Knopp                   Cen        8              20           22           42
Andrew Ring                      Shi          9              19           23           42
Cameron Evanson            Cen        11           20           21           41
William Gebhardt            Bis          9              21           20           41
Lane      Grant                    Cen        9              19           22           41
Isaiah    Rexine                  Leg         9              21           20           41
Russell  Koch                      StM        12           18           22           40
Braedy  Wold                     Leg         9              19           21           40

“The wind definitely was a challenge, but it’s part of the game,” said MR CTL Volunteer Coach Nick Simonson, “these tougher conditions teach focus and how to adjust, and that’s what many of our participants did to find continued success,” he concluded.

In Conference standings, Shiloh sits third and Bismarck fifth in Class 1A-2 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 sits in fifth overall in the larger Conference 2A-2, while Mandan is 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, and to keep up with MR CTL, bookmark this page.

(Featured Photo: Volunteer Coach Mark Sandness helps a young shooter take aim in the windy conditions of League Week 2. MR CTL Photo by Jason Lueder.)

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