MR CTL Press Release
Shooters for the Century Clay Target League Team locked down four of the top five spots in the first week of league competition for the six area Bismarck-Mandan area schools competing in the North Dakota State High School Clay Target League (ND CTL) as part of the Missouri River Clay Target League (MR CTL). Only Mandan Junior Jenna Thompson was able to break their monopoly on the top five positions.
Century Junior Jarek Berger and Freshman Ethan Knopp took top honors on the week for local shooters with totals of 45, with Thompson’s 44 making her the only non-Patriot at the top. Century Sophomore Lane Grant and Junior Blaine Howard rounded out the top five with totals of 43. A group of six shooters, led by Legacy Senior Nicholas Nicholson, who recorded his first perfect round in competition, checked in with 42.
Top shooters for MR CTL on the week were:
First Last Sch Gr R1 R2 Tot
Jarek Berger Cen 11 21 24 45
Ethan Knopp Cen 9 23 22 45
Jenna Thompson Man 11 24 20 44
Lane Grant Cen 10 20 23 43
Blaine Howard Cen 11 21 22 43
Nicholas Nicholson Leg 12 17 25 42
Andrew Ring Shi 10 22 20 42
Brady Roehrich Leg 9 21 21 42
Zac Steinke Bis 10 20 22 42
Nathan Weiler Leg 10 22 20 42
Trenton Zainhofsky Cen 11 23 19 42
Derek Faul Leg 9 20 21 41
Gavin Harsche Man 11 20 21 41
Ty Hirschkorn Cen 8 21 20 41
Jake Lang Leg 11 21 20 41
Thompson leads all female shooters in the state for the fall season with an average of 22 after one week of competition. She is joined in the top ten by her younger sister, Mandan eighth grader Kylie Thompson, (19) and Legacy Senior Haley Boeder (20) and Junior Cassidy Lipelt (19). Berger and Knopp also secure top 10 placings in the male division with their 22.5 averages. Buoyed by the strong first week showing, Century sits atop its conference. Complete leaderboards and standings can be found at ndclaytarget.com.
“Century has added depth this season, with younger shooters stepping up to fill vital scoring spots each week for conference points,” said MR CTL Coach Darryl Howard, “while Mandan’s strong shooters from last season are improving and setting new standards for the Braves’ CTL team,” he concluded.
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.
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 fall 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, Prairie Patriot and Mandan Sporting Goods. Capital City Gun Club, located four miles north of Bismarck, is the home facility for all six area high school teams.