MR CTL: Shooters Finish LW5 Strong, 11 Named to All-State Team

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Legacy’s Jackson Bryant led all shooters with a perfect 50 in LW5, propelling him to a top 50 finish and All-State Honors for Spring 2019. MR CTL Photo by Jason Lueder.

Despite a challenging spring, weather wise, members of the Missouri River Clay Target League (MR CTL) brought home top honors in the North Dakota State High School Clay Target League (ND CTL) as the squads from the six Bismarck-Mandan area schools boasted 11 All-State Team honorees at the close of the regular season.

Leading the way in the final week of shooting was Legacy Sophomore Jackson Bryant with a perfect 50 to close out his season. He was followed by Mandan Sophomore Ian Eilers who also posted a perfect 25 with a follow-up round of 23 for a second-place total of 48 on the week. Braves Freshman Calby Geiger and Patriots Junior Blaine Howard, posted totals of 47 and a perfect round apiece.  Mandan Senior Kamdin Sedivec and St. Mary’s Freshman Isaac Wanner traded 23s and 24s to also tally totals of 47 and round out the top six.  On the week there were nine perfect rounds, the most in MR CTL history!

Sch         First       Last                        Gr           R1           R2           Tot
Leg         Jackson Bryant                   10           25           25           50
Man       Ian          Eilers                     10           25           23           48
Man       Calby     Geiger                  9              25           22           47
Cen        Blaine    Howard                 11           25           22           47
Man       Kamdin Sedivec                 12           24           23           47
StM        Isaac      Wanner               9              23           24           47
Cen        Ryan      Bauer                    8              21           25           46
Man       Nathan Gerding                 9              23           23           46
Man       Boden   Olson                    11           22           24           46
Leg         Brady    Roehrich              9              21           25           46
Leg         Ethan    Grove                   9              24           21           45
Cen        Preston Mitzel                   8              21           24           45

“This season-closing performance is a great indicator of what these young shooters are capable of, with a bit of focus and some help by their coaches in refining their process,” said MR CTL Volunteer Coach Nick Simonson, “we’re excited to see what they can do at the State Tournament on June 15 & 16,” he concluded.

State & Conference Honors

Eleven MR CTL shooters were named to the ND CTL All-State Team, finishing in the top 100 out of nearly 1,700 participants.  2019 All-State Team members were:

Rank      Name                                    School   Avg

29           William Gebhardt            Bis          22.7
48           Jackson Bryant                  Leg         22.3
57           Blaine Howard                  Cen        22.1
62           Ian Eilers                              Man       22.0
62           Zac Steinke                         Bis          22.0
67           Kamdin Sedivec                Man       21.9
74           Andrew Ring                      Shi          21.8
74           Ethan Grove                       Leg         21.8
83           Daniel Murray                   Shi          21.7
93           Isaac Wanner                     StM        21.6
93           Brady Roehrich                  Leg         21.6

MR CTLers placing in the top ten in each conference were:

Rank      Name                    Sch         Avg

1A-3 Boys

6              Isaac Wanner     StM        21.6
7              Dawson Mills      StM        20.7
7              Dalton Kral          StM        20.7
10           Logan Heen        StM        20.5

1A-4 Boys

6              William Gebhardt Bis      22.7
9              Zac Steinke         Bis          22.0

1A-4 Girls

2              Tristan Klein       Bis          18.2
7              Jaime Schmidt   Bis          14.1

1A-6 Boys

8              Blaine Howard   Cen        22.1

1A-6 Girls

3              Alizabeth Krick   Cen        18.9
3              Rachel Dunlop   Cen        18.9
5              Halle Dunlop      Cen        18.3
8              Hannah Herbel  Cen        15.0

2A-1 Girls

3              Jenna Thompson              Man       20.5
7              Kylie Thompson                 Man       18.6
9              Kaitlin Dixon                       Man       17.3
10           Danielle Lueder                 Man       17.2

2A-2 Girls

3              Cassidy Lipelt                     Leg         21.2
7              Haley Boeder                     Leg         19.2
10           Samantha Bauer               Leg         18.7

In the overall standings, Lipelt (6th), Jenna Thompson (10th) and Boeder (21st) finished in the top 25 female competitors statewide.

Team Finishes

After holding a slight lead for the top spot during most of the season, St. Mary’s slipped to second behind Fairmount High School and claimed the runner-up position in the nine-team Conference 1A-3; Shiloh finished sixth.  Bismarck ended the season a mere target away from the top three in conference 1A-4, edged out by South Heart High School by 1.5 points in the standings.  Century also claimed the runner-up spot in Conference 1A-6 behind juggernaut West Fargo High School.  In Class 2A, Mandan and Legacy both finished third in their respective conferences.

Up next, the six area schools will be represented by 140 shooters at the ND CTL State Tournament held on June 15 and 16 at the Shooting Park in Horace, N.D., an open-style event where participants test their shooting skills against other student-athletes in their respective classes.  Bismarck, Century, Shiloh and St. Mary’s will shoot in the Class 1A tournament on Saturday and Mandan and Legacy will shoot in the Class 2A tournament on Sunday.  For more information on the tournament, and for leaderboards on each day of the event, visit

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, and to keep up with MR CTL, visit the six Bismarck-Mandan teams’ official website at

Featured Photo: In another chilly week, MR CTL shooters finished of the Spring 2019 season with the most perfect rounds ever shot in a session. MR CTL Photo by Jason Lueder. 

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