Bis-Man Shooters Start Spring Season with Chilly PW1

MR CTL Release

Participants on the six Bismarck-Mandan high school trap shooting teams kicked off their third year of competition in the North Dakota State High School Clay Target League (ND CTL) with a chilly Practice Week 1 on Mar. 24 at Capital City Gun Club in Bismarck.  Despite the cold and windy conditions, veteran Missouri River Clay Target League (MR CTL) shooters set the stage and found themselves in mid-season form.

Returning All-Stater, Sophomore Andrew Ring led Shiloh and all participants with a total of 47 on 23-24 shooting.  Just behind him was fellow 2018 All-State Sophomore William Gebhardt of Bismarck posting rounds of 22-24 for a total of 46.  Century’s Ethan Knopp totaled a 44, followed by teammate Ryan Bauer, Mandan’s Bryce Brendel and St. Mary’s Isaac Wanner, with totals of 43.  Top Shooters for MR CTL on the week were:

Sch         First       Last                        Gr           R1           R2           Tot
Shi          Andrew Ring                       10           23           24           47
Bis          William Gebhardt            10           22           24           46
Cen        Ethan    Knopp                   9              23           21           44
Cen        Ryan      Bauer                    8              21           22           43
Man       Bryce     Brendel                10           22           21           43
StM        Isaac      Wanner                9              21           22           43
Leg         Brady    Roehrich              9              22           20           42
Man       Colton   Ternes                  10           22           20           42
Man       Jacob     Thomas                7              22           20           42
Cen        Trenton Zainhofsky          11           20           22           42
Man       Ian          Eilers                     10           18           23           41
Man       Nathan Gerding                9              21           20           41
StM        Logan    Heen                     9              23           18           41
Leg         Thomas Jacobson             8              18           23           41
Leg         Kyle       Laib                        10           20           21           41
Leg         Isaiah    Rexine                  10           21           20           41
“Good scores right out of the gate despite challenging conditions shows our veteran shooters are ready to go and set the example for the rest of their teammates,” said Nick Simonson, MR CTL volunteer coach, “with strong leadership cores in place at all six schools, we’re excited about what’s to come for MR CTL in 2019,” 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.  This spring more than 1,600 shooters are participating on over 60 teams throughout the state.  There are 204 Bismarck-Mandan area student-athletes participating in the ND CTL under the MR CTL banner this season. Capital City Gun Club hosts all six teams in the Bismarck-Mandan area in both spring and fall.

MR CTL teams are led by a staff of 30 coaches and supported by 60 volunteers who help instruct, score and supervise as part of the 2019 ND CTL spring season.  The program is funded by generous donations from local supporters including: Kupper Chevrolet, Kirkwood Scheels, MDU Resources Group, Friends of NRA, the NRA Foundation, Nodak Sportsman’s Club, North Dakota Wildlife Federation, Absolute Gun Dogs, Capital City Gun Club, Lincoln Sportsman’s Club, North American Coal Corporation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Beazley Engineering, P.C., Double H Guns, Lexar Homes, Clifford Erickson, LLLP, Gate City Bank, Warford Orthodontics, Delta Waterfowl-Puddle Jumpers Chapter, Starion Bank, Pretty Loaded and more than 30 other area sponsors.

For more information on the league, visit, and to keep up with MR CTL, visit the six Bismarck-Mandan teams’ official website at

Featured Photo: Shooters take aim at a new season amidst the snow and cold temperatures of Practice Week 1.  MR CTL Photo by Jason Lueder. 

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