Blustery and snowy conditions couldn’t stop participants in the Missouri River Clay Target League (MR CTL) from crushing on. Despite the cold, many shooters from area high schools put up some of their best totals of the year in the fourth week of league competition in the North Dakota State High School Clay Target League (ND CTL) fall season.
Century Junior Trenton Zainhofsky led all area shooters with a total of 47 coming on rounds of 24 and 23. Legacy Junior Cassidy Lipelt took the second spot with a total of 44, followed closely by Century Sophomore Lane Grant and Shiloh Sophomore Andrew Ring with totals of 44, which for Ring came on a perfect first round of 25. Top shooters in League Week 4 were:
First Last Sch Gr R1 R2 Tot
Trenton Zainhofsky Cen 11 24 23 47
Cassidy Lipelt Leg 11 23 21 44
Lane Grant Cen 10 21 22 43
Andrew Ring Shi 10 25 18 43
Bryce Brendel Man 10 19 23 42
Calby Geiger Man 9 22 20 42
Isaiah Germolus Leg 12 20 22 42
Ethan Knopp Cen 9 20 22 42
Zac Steinke Bis 10 20 22 42
Logan Vetter StM 11 21 21 42
Jarek Berger Cen 11 21 20 41
Nicholas Nicholson Leg 12 20 21 41
“While the conditions were far from ideal, we saw a number of our veteran shooters rise to the occasion and lead their squads,” said MR CTL Volunteer Coach John Paczkowski, “we hope for better weather to finish out our season next week,” he concluded.
Going into the final two rounds of the season, three MR CTL participants hold top-10 spots in state in the ladies’ division including Mandan Junior Jenna Thompson (1st), Legacy Junior Cassidy Lipelt (5th) and Legacy Senior Haley Boeder (9th). On his strong performance in League Week 4, Zainhofsky jumps into the Top 10 for Conference 2 with Sophomore Lane Grant, and helps Century maintain the top spot going into the final week of competition. For complete standings and rankings 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.
Featured Photo: Mandan’s Kaitlin Dixon bears down as snow falls on her and her Braves’ teammates in League Week 4 competition on Sun. Oct. 14. MR CTL Photo by Jason Lueder.