MR CTL Shooters Bring Home State, Conference Honors in League Week 5

Shiloh Eighth Grader Trenton Radenz celebrates a perfect round, which powered him to a Top 10 finish in the conference. MR CTL Photo by John Fox

MR CTL Press Release


In the final week of competition, personal bests continued to mount for young 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 as part of the North Dakota State High School Clay Target League (ND CTL) Spring Season and top shooters brought home conference and statewide honors to their schools.

Legacy Junior Cole Herbel led all area shooters with a total of 48 coming on a pair of 24s.  He was followed by Century Sophomore Blaine Howard, Shiloh Eighth Grader Trenton Radenz and St. Mary’s Eighth Grader Isaac Wanner with totals of 47; Howard and Radenz along with St. Mary’s Junior Charles Reichert logged perfect rounds to finish out the spring season.  Top shooters across the six teams in league week five were:

First       Last                       Sch         Gr           R1           R2           Tot
Cole       Herbel                  Leg         11           24           24           48
Blaine    Howard                Cen        10           22           25           47
Trenton Radenz                Shi          8             25           22           47
Isaac Wanner                     StM        8             24           23           47
Nathan Gerding                Man       8             24           22           46
Austin Hartman                 Shi          12           22           24           46
Ethan Oswald                     Cen        10           23           23           46
Wyatt Reuer                       Leg         8             24           22           46
Bryce Brendel                    Man       9             24           21           45
William Gebhardt            Bis          9             22           23           45
Calby Geiger                       Man       8             24           21           45
Jase Helgeson                   Man       10           22           23           45
Will Kleinknecht               Man       10           22           23           45
Ethan Knopp                      Cen        8             23           22           45
Nicholas Nicholson         Leg         11           22           23           45
Andrew Ring                     Shi          9             24           21           45
Colton Ternes                    Man       9             24           21           45
Jacob Thomas                    Man       6             22           23           45
Trenton Zainhofsky         Cen        10           23           22           45

St. Mary’s Junior Charles Reichert saved the best for last, logging his first perfect round in the final week of competition. MR CTL Photo by John Fox

“This final week was a showcase of our improving young shooters hitting their stride and setting a standard for the next season,” said volunteer coach Eric Thompson, “between all six schools, we’re only graduating 21 seniors out of 180 participants, so there is great depth and talent for next year with a lot of skilled middle schoolers and underclassmen poised to return,” he concluded.

State & Conference Honors


Howard finished second overall in the state out of 1,403 shooters with an average of 24.3 and took top honors in conference 1A-4.  Shiloh Senior Austin Hartman finished atop Conference 1A-2 with a league average of 22.3 and Andrew Ring came in third with an average of 21.9; both powered Shiloh to a second-place conference finish in its first regular season.

MR CTLers placing in the top ten in each conference were:


First       Last                        Sch         Gr           Place     Avg

1A-2 Boys:
Austin Hartman                 Shi          12           1st          22.3
Andrew Ring                      Shi          9              3rd         21.9
William Gebhardt            Bis          9              T-4th     21.5
Trenton Radenz                Shi          8              T-8th     21.0

1A-2 Girls:
Jamie Schmidt                   Bis          11           4th         13.0
Ashley Gerving                  Shi          11           8th         10.3

1A-3 Boys:
Logan Heen                        StM        9              8th         21.0

1A-4 Boys:
Blaine Howard                   Cen        10           1st          24.3
Ethan Knopp                      Cen        8              T-9th     21.7

1A-4 Girls:
Alizabeth Krick                   Cen        11           7th         18.0

2A-2 Girls:
Jenna Thompson              Man       11           4th         20.5
Haley Boeder                     Leg         11           9th         18.8

Up next, the six area schools will be represented by 130 shooters at the ND CTL State Tournament held on June 16 and 17 at the Shooting Park in Horace, N.D., an open-style event where participants test their shooting skills against other student-athletes in their respective classes.  Bismarck, Century, Shiloh and St. Mary’s will shoot in the Class 1A tournament on Saturday and Mandan and Legacy will shoot in the Class 2A tournament on Sunday of that weekend.  For more information on the tournament, and for leaderboards on each day of the event, visit

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 ND CTL and full conference and statewide results, visit


Featured Photo: Members of the Mandan CTL team take to the houses in their final week of competition. MR CTL Photo by John Fox.


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