MR CTL Release
Members of the Missouri River Clay Target League (MR CTL) from all six Bismarck-Mandan area high schools continued warming up in Practice Week 2 of the North Dakota State High School Clay Target League (ND CTL), with cool temperatures and high winds challenging the group of over 200 shooters on Mar. 31 at Capital City Gun Club in Bismarck. Despite the conditions, good early season scores were the norm across all schools and week-over-week improvement suggests continued success as league competition approaches.
Legacy Sophomore Lane Trottier led all MR CTL shooters with a total of 45. Bismarck Sophomore William Gebhardt, Legacy Freshman Brady Roehrich and Mandan Seventh Grader Jacob Thomas followed him up with totals of 44. Top shooters for MR CTL in Practice Week 2 were:
Sch First Last Gr R1 R2 Tot
Leg Lane Trottier 10 22 23 45
Bis William Gebhardt 10 21 23 44
Leg Brady Roehrich 9 20 24 44
Man Jacob Thomas 7 22 22 44
Man Calby Geiger 9 20 23 43
Cen Lane Grant 10 22 21 43
StM Isaac Wanner 9 21 22 43
StM Dalton Kral 11 21 21 42
Leg Isaiah Rexine 10 22 20 42
Cen Trenton Zainhofsky 11 22 20 42
“Practice Week 2 gives our shooters another chance to shake the rust off and ease into the season,” said MR CTL Volunteer Coach Eric Thompson, “despite the conditions, they did just that and when the weather improves and league competition starts, they’ll be ready with these more challenging rounds under their belt,” he concluded.
The overall league average total jumped a full target to 29.2, and more than 90 shooters improved on their previous week’s totals. Up next, MR CTL participants will log their Reserve Week rounds which can be used in case inclement weather cancels a league shoot in April or May.
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 leagues.
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 ndclaytarget.com, and to keep up with MR CTL, visit the six Bismarck-Mandan teams’ official website at mrctl.org.
Featured Photo: (L to R) MR CTL Volunteer Coach Blaine Zainhofsky observes as Legacy participant Jackson Bryant unloads, Jake Lang takes aim and Nathan Weiler prepares for his shot in Practice Week 2 of the ND CTL Spring League. MR CTL Photo by Jason Lueder.