MR CTL Press Release
Despite temperatures in the low 30s, members of the six Bismarck-Mandan schools under the Missouri River Clay Target League (MR CTL) banner were fired up for North Dakota State High School Clay Target League (ND CTL) competition in League Week 3 and drove the local league average higher by one whole target to 32.4 on the week.
Mandan Junior Jenna Thompson once again paced all shooters with two rounds of 23 for a total of 46. She was closely followed by Century Junior Ethan Oswald with a total of 45. Chasing down the top two was a handful of shooters with totals of 44 including Mandan’s Nathan Gerding and Taylor Seefeldt, Legacy’s McKeon Honeyman and Nathan Weiler and Shiloh’s Andrew Ring. Top area shooters in League Week 3 were:
First Last Sch Gr R1 R2 Tot
Jenna Thompson Man 11 23 23 46
Ethan Oswald Cen 11 24 21 45
Nathan Gerding Man 9 23 21 44
Mckeon Honeyman Leg 9 21 23 44
Andrew Ring Shi 10 20 24 44
Taylor Seefeldt Man 10 22 22 44
Nathan Weiler Leg 10 23 21 44
Kash Bachmeier Man 7 22 21 43
Nicholas Nicholson Leg 12 21 22 43
Zac Steinke Bis 10 21 22 43
Jacob Thomas Man 7 21 22 43
Austin White Leg 9 20 23 43
“An overall improvement like this in particularly difficult conditions shows that our new and less-experienced shooters are taking cues from our core leaders,” said MR CTL Volunteer Coach Nick Simonson, “they’re developing and growing into the sport, and doing it quickly,” he concluded.
Thompson currently sits atop all female shooters in the ND CTL fall league with an average of 23.17, which also puts her second overall in Conference 4 in the top five overall in the state. Century currently sits in first place in the team competition for Conference 3, and Bismarck jumps to second in Conference 2. For complete individual rankings and overall team standings, visit ndclaytarget.com.
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.
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 High School CTL Team bundle up while logging their LW3 rounds at Capital City Gun Club. MR CTL Photo by Jason Lueder.