Good Conditions Set Stage for Great Reserve Week


MR CTL Release

Warmer conditions on Sun. Apr. 7 met the members of the Missouri River Clay Target League (MR CTL), host organization to all six area Bismarck-Mandan high schools’ trap shooting teams participating in the North Dakota State High School Clay Target League (ND CTL).  With temperatures allowing for standard spring clothes instead of bulky winter jackets and coveralls needed in the first two practice weeks, shooting improved and participants posted the season’s highest scores yet.

St. Mary’s Freshman Isaac Wanner led all shooters with a 47 in Reserve Week on 23-24 shooting and has an overall average of 22.2 through the first three weeks.  Bismarck Sophomore William Gebhardt closed his final warm-up session with a perfect round of 25 for a total of 46 to bump his average to 22.7 in the early goings, and after logging his first perfect round in practice, Mandan Senior Kamdin Sedivec joined him with a pair of 23s to round out the top three. Top MR CTL shooters on the week were:

Sch         First       Last                   Gr           R1           R2           Tot
StM        Isaac      Wanner                9             23           24           47
Bis          William Gebhardt            10           21           25           46
Man       Kamdin Sedivec                12           23           23           46
Leg         Derek    Faul                      9              22           22           44
Man       Calby     Geiger                  9              23           21           44
Cen        Marshall Grant                  12           21           23           44
Leg         Jayden  Kramlich              12           24           20           44
Leg         Isaiah    Rexine                  10           21           23           44
Leg         Austin   White                    9              22           22           44
Cen        Ryan      Bauer                    8              21           22           43
Leg         Jackson Bryant                   10           22           21           43
Cen        Rachel   Dunlop                 8              22           21           43
StM        Ian          Indovina              9              20           23           43
StM        Dalton   Kral                        11           22           21           43
Leg         Cassidy Lipelt                     11           23           20           43
Leg         Brady    Roehrich              9              21           22           43

“Good conditions allowed our shooters to showcase how far they’ve come in just the last two weeks,” said MR CTL Volunteer Coach John Paczkowski, “we saw a lot of improvement from new shooters too, helping build excitement for the upcoming competition weeks,” he concluded.

The overall team average total increased to an even 32.0, 2.7 targets higher than the previous week.  115 of the 204 shooters improved on their totals from the last session in the better conditions.

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: Under blue skies, Bismarck Sophomore William Gebhardt (left) takes aim at a perfect second round and a top three finish in Reserve Week shooting. 

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