MR CTL Release
Strong winds returned for the start of league competition for the Missouri River Clay Target League (MR CTL) trap shooters from the six Bismarck-Mandan high schools competing in the North Dakota State High School Clay Target League (ND CTL) spring season. With gusts topping 35 miles per hour, shooters found challenging conditions but were able to post some impressive scores.
Mandan Senior Kamdin Sedivec earned a consecutive top-three finish by logging rounds of 23-24 for a total of 47, along with Century Sophomore Trenton Zainhofsky tacking a 22 on his first perfect round for a 47 to lead the pack. Saint Mary’s Freshman Dawson Mills notched his first perfect 25 in the wind with an initial score of 21 for a total of 46 and was joined by Shiloh Junior Daniel Murray on 24-22 shooting to round out the top four on the week. The best of the best in League Week 1 for MR CTL were:
Sch First Last Gr R1 R2 Tot
Man Kamdin Sedivec 12 23 24 47
Cen Trenton Zainhofsky 11 25 22 47
StM Dawson Mills 9 21 25 46
Shi Daniel Murray 11 24 22 46
Leg Kyle Laib 10 24 21 45
Man Boden Olson 11 23 22 45
Shi Trenton Radenz 9 21 24 45
Bis Zac Steinke 10 22 23 45
Man Jenna Thompson 11 23 22 45
Leg Nathan Weiler 10 21 24 45
Man Jase Helgeson 11 20 24 44
Shi Braiden Kuehn 10 22 22 44
“The weather will be what it will be, despite our shoot days seeming to be the most challenging ones of the week,” said MR CTL Volunteer Coach Nick Simonson, “as was evidenced by many today, it makes our shooters better, more focused and will make targets seem easy when things improve down the stretch this season,” 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 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: Legacy Shooters prepare to start their LW1 rounds on the south end of Capital City Gun Club. MR CTL Photo by Jason Lueder.