MR CTL Press Release
Century’s Alizabeth Krick and Halle Dunlop shot their way to first place in the Junior Varsity and Novice Female Divisions respectively at the 2018 North Dakota State High School Clay Target League (ND CTL) Class 1A State Championship in Horace, N.D. on Saturday, June 16.
Along with Century, Missouri River Clay Target League (MR CTL) teams from Bismarck, Shiloh and St. Mary’s took part in the year-end competition, with the latter two teams competing for the first time in the season-end event. In total, 38 shooters from the four schools participated in the day-long, 100-round competition which was interrupted early by severe thunderstorms. Nearly 500 young shooters from 28 schools across the state took part in the first day of the expanded, two-day event which capped the fourth Spring Season in the growing ND CTL program.
Coming on strong in practice and regional events after the season ended, both Krick and Dunlop posted impressive starts with totals of 45 in the first session of morning rounds, followed by totals of 46 and 43 to finish out the day, Capturing top honors in the female Junior Varsity and Novice Divisions.
“Both of these young ladies found their groove between the end of the season and the State Tournament,” said MR CTL volunteer coach Nick Simonson, “you could see their confidence on stand as they rolled through each round at the event,” he concluded, adding Dunlop exceeded her regular season average by 8.1 targets at the competition.
Bismarck Freshman Zac Steinke posted a perfect 25 in round one of the competition to lead all Demon shooters with a total of 89, and St. Mary’s eighth grader Isaac Wanner notched one in round two for a Saints’ leading total of 92 on the day to lead all MR CTL shooters along with Century Sophomore, Blaine Howard. All-Stater Andrew Ring led Shiloh’s squads with a total of 91. Other top area shooters for MR CTL at the Class 1A Tournament were:
First Last Sch Gr R1 R2 R3 R4 Tot
Blaine Howard Cen 10 22 23 24 23 92
Isaac Wanner StM 8 22 25 23 22 92
Alizabeth Krick Cen 11 24 21 23 23 91
Andrew Ring Shi 9 24 24 23 20 91
Austin Hartman Shi 12 22 24 23 21 90
Lane Grant Cen 9 23 23 21 22 89
Ethan Knopp Cen 8 24 23 18 24 89
Trenton Radenz Shi 8 23 23 21 22 89
Zac Steinke Bis 9 25 20 20 24 89
Halle Dunlop Cen 8 23 22 21 22 88
Jack Gebhardt Bis 6 23 19 22 22 86
William Gebhardt Bis 9 24 21 19 21 85
Jonas Jonson Shi 12 19 22 20 24 85
In the overall competition, Rugby claimed the Class 1A title with a total of 477 targets (out of 500) with Oakes and West Fargo rounding out the top three on totals of 468. Landon Hill of Oakes took home the High Gun award for boys with a total of 99, and Kyla Radomski of Rugby nabbed the girls’ High Gun award with a total of 95. For complete results of the Class 1A Tournament, click on the ND CTL page at claytargetscoring.com.
Informational and registration meetings for the Fall Season of ND CTL at all six high schools in the Bismarck-Mandan area will happen in August. To learn more about the program and stay updated on that information and more, visit the MR CTL website at mrctl.org, or find them on Facebook.
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.
Featured Photo: While thunderstorms cleared the houses and delayed the Class 1A State Tournament on Sat. Jun. 16, the hot shooting electrified the crowd once the weather cleared. MR CTL Photo by Nick Simonson