MR CTL Release
After a mix of rain and snow cancelled the second week of Missouri River Clay Target League (MR CTL) competition on Apr. 29, members of the six area high school trap shooting teams returned to action as part of the North Dakota State High School Clay Target League (ND CTL) at Capital City Gun Club north of Bismarck to complete their third competition week. The shooters were well rested following the cancellation and the Easter holiday, and better conditions helped them show it as scores jumped by more than 3.5 targets on average.
Bismarck’s William Gebhardt capped a first round 24 with a perfect 25 for a total of 49 to lead all shooters. His classmate Zac Steinke posted a total of 48 with Shiloh Junior Daniel Murray to round out the top three. Bismarck seventh grader Jack Gebhardt posted his first perfect round for a total of 45 to join his brother in the top 10 on the week. Top shooters for MR CTL on the week were:
Sch First Last Gr R1 R2 Tot
Bis William Gebhardt 10 24 25 49
Shi Daniel Murray 11 24 24 48
Bis Zac Steinke 10 24 24 48
Man Ian Eilers 10 23 24 47
Leg Brackston Kemmet 9 24 22 46
Bis Andrew Schadler 7 23 23 46
Bis Jack Gebhardt 7 20 25 45
Cen Lane Grant 10 22 23 45
Leg Rayce Gullicks 9 23 22 45
StM Logan Heen 9 22 23 45
Cen Blaine Howard 11 22 23 45
StM Dawson Mills 9 23 22 45
After three weeks of competition, the Saints currently sit atop Conference 1A-3, with Shiloh in fourth place. In Conference 1A-4, Bismarck finds itself in fourth place, while Century sits second in 1A-6. In the larger class 2A, Mandan is third in Conference 2A-1 and Legacy is in fourth place in 2A-2 competition. A number of MR CTL ladies find themselves in the overall top 25 for the statewide competition after League Week three including Legacy’s Cassidy Lipelt (11th – 20.8 avg), Century’s Alizabeth Kirck (16th – 19.6), Mandan’s Jenna Thompson (16th – 19.6) and Century’s Rachel Dunlop (20th – 19.5). For complete standings and overall individual rankings, visit ndclaytarget.com
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’s Cassidy Lipelt takes aim in LW3. Lipelt and three other MR CTL ladies find themselves in the top 25 female shooters in the state following the third week of competition. MR CTL Photo by Jason Lueder.