Weather Challenges Shooters in LW4

Century’s Trenton Zainhofsky found his mark in LW4 leading the pack with a total of 47.  MR CTL photo by Jason Lueder. 

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

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.

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