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
“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
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
Jamie Schmidt Bis 11 4th 13.0
Ashley Gerving Shi 11 8th 10.3
Logan Heen StM 9 8th 21.0
Blaine Howard Cen 10 1st 24.3
Ethan Knopp Cen 8 T-9th 21.7
Alizabeth Krick Cen 11 7th 18.0
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 nd.traptournament.com.
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 ndclaytarget.com.
Featured Photo: Members of the Mandan CTL team take to the houses in their final week of competition. MR CTL Photo by John Fox.