MR CTL Press Release
In calm and warm conditions at Capital City Gun Club, Missouri River Clay Target League (MR CTL) trap shooting teams from Bismarck, Century, Legacy, Mandan, Shiloh, and St. Mary’s High Schools posted impressive improvements in the third week of North Dakota State High School Clay Target League (ND CTL) competition on Sun., May 6.
Century Sophomore Blaine Howard tacked on his second 50-straight performance to lead all shooters and notch the first perfect 100 in league competition for all area schools. Sophomore Jenna Thompson of Mandan secured the second spot on the week after logging her first perfect round on top of a round of 24 for a total of 49 and Legacy Senior Chance Porsborg tallied a pair of 24s for a total of 48 and a top three finish. Mandan Sixth Grader Jacob Thomas’ total of 47 was good for fourth on the week, and Legacy Freshman Aidan Franco added a total of 46 to round out the top five. Century Junior Cameron Evenson posted his first perfect round for a total of 44 and a top ten finish. Top MR CTL shooters on the week were:
First Last Sch Gr R1 R2 Tot
Blaine Howard Cen 10 25 25 50
Jenna Thompson Man 10 24 25 49
Chance Porsborg Leg 12 24 24 48
Jacob Thomas Man 6 23 24 47
Aidan Franco Leg 9 23 23 46
Blake Boeshans Man 9 22 23 45
William Gebhardt Bis 9 22 23 45
Jase Helgeson Man 10 23 22 45
Nicholas Nicholson Leg 11 21 24 45
Cameron Evanson Cen 11 19 25 44
Dylan Fleck Man 12 23 21 44
Daniel Murray Shi 10 23 21 44
Colton Ternes Man 9 23 21 44
“We had some great shooting today,” said Volunteer Coach John Paczkowski, “but it was more a function of the continued improvement of these dedicated participants than the nice weather,” he concluded.
Across the six schools, the overall average improved to 32.2, up 3.3 targets from League Week 2, and 47 shooters posted at least one round of 20 or more, a season high. In Conference standings, Shiloh sits third and Bismarck is 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 is third in the eight-team Conference 1A-4. Legacy checks in at fifth overall in the larger Conference 2A-2, while Mandan is sixth. On his 100-straight in the last two weeks of competition, Howard rises to third place in the state individual rankings with a league average of 24.5.
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: Members of the Mandan CTL team take to the house for their first round in League Week 3. MR CTL Photo by Jason Lueder.)