MR CTL Press Release
In the warm and sunny conditions of the final week of fall league competition, Missouri River Clay Target League (MR CTL) trap shooting teams from Bismarck, Century, Legacy, Mandan, Shiloh, and St. Mary’s High Schools as part of the North Dakota State High School Clay Target League (ND CTL) Fall Season and top shooters brought home conference and statewide honors for their schools.
Mandan Sophomore Ian Eilers put a bow on his season with a perfect 25 in his final round to lead a pack of four who topped all MR CTL shooters with totals of 45 on the week. With him was Legacy Senior Haley Boeder, and Century Juniors Blaine Howard and Trenton Zainhofsky. Just behind that group was a trio with totals of 44 including Mandan Sophomore Bryce Brendel, Century Freshman Ethan Knopp and Legacy Freshman Josh Entzel, who started his day with a perfect round of 25. Top MR CTL shooters in LW5 were:
First Last Sch Gr R1 R2 Tot
Ian Eilers Man 10 20 25 45
Haley Boeder Leg 12 22 23 45
Blaine Howard Cen 11 23 22 45
Trenton Zainhofsky Cen 11 24 21 45
Bryce Brendel Man 10 22 22 44
Ethan Knopp Cen 9 23 21 44
Josh Entzel Leg 9 25 19 44
Cameron Backer Leg 12 19 24 43
Jacob Thomas Man 7 21 22 43
Cassidy Lipelt Leg 11 21 22 43
Ryan Bauer Cen 8 21 22 43
Zac Steinke Bis 10 22 21 43
Nathan Gerding Man 9 23 20 43
Austin White Leg 9 23 20 43
“It was nice to have some good shooting conditions to finish the season,” said MR CTL Volunteer Coach Duane Boeder, “it gave our participants a great opportunity to showcase their improvement in this shorter stretch of competition,” he concluded.
State & Conference Honors
The Century High School Clay Target Team edged out Shanley High School to take home the Conference 3 title. Bismarck High School finished second in Conference 2 competition behind Grafton, and Legacy finished third in Conference 4.
In Conference 4, MR CTL shooters Jenna Thompson, Cassidy Lipelt and Haley Boeder swept the podium in the ladies division. Thompson finished second overall and Lipelt and Boeder finished fifth and sixth respectively in statewide ladies’ competition.
MR CTL participants placing in the top ten in each conference were:
First Last Sch Gr Place Avg
Conf 2 Boys
Andrew Ring Shi 10 6th 21.6
Zac Steinke Bis 10 T-7th 21.5
Conf 2 Girls
Tristan Klein Bis 7 6th 11.4
Mollie Stein Shi 8 9th 8.4
Alexis Knopp-Heidt Bis 8 10th 6.9
Conf 3 Boys
Trenton Zainhofsky Cen 10 8th 21.4
Conf 3 Girls
Rachel Dunlop Cen 8 3rd 16.0
Halle Dunlop Cen 9 4th 14.2
Alizabeth Krick Cen 12 5th 12.9
Aurora Zainhofsky Cen 9 6th 12.8
Conf 4 Girls
Jenna Thompson Man 11 1st 21.3
Cassidy Lipelt Leg 10 2nd 20.0
Haley Boeder Leg 12 3rd 19.7
Danielle Lueder Man 10 8th 17.2
Kaitlin Dixon Man 12 9th 17.1
Kylie Thompson Man 8 10th 16.3
Complete scores, standings and final rankings for the 431-participant fall league can be found at ndclaytarget.com.
“These finishes on both team and individual levels show the progression of these schools’ programs in just two short years,” said MR CTL Volunteer Coach Nick Simonson, “the depth at each school is apparent, and the skills continue to improve exponentially for participants across all age levels; I’m looking forward to seeing what our local shooters can do in spring” he concluded.
Sign-ups for the spring season of ND CTL competition will be held at all six Bismarck-Mandan area high schools during the last two weeks of January on a first-come, first-served basis. With the recent surge in popularity of the league both statewide and locally (MR CTL shooters made up 27 percent of the fall league participants), interest is expected to be high, and with more than 150 shooters returning from 2018, it is anticipated that all 240 spots on the area high schools’ teams will be filled. For information and updates on the sign-up process, bookmark mrctl.org and check in frequently as the enrollment period approaches.
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 and fall seasons. 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.
Featured Photo: Consistent shooting all season from Trenton Zainhofsky, Blaine Howard and Ethan Knopp (L to R) helped put the Patriots on top of Conference 3 in the ND CTL Fall League. MR CTL photo by Jason Lueder.