MR CTL Release
Century Junior Blaine Howard and Shiloh Junior Daniel Murray shot their way to success at the North Dakota State High School Clay Target League (ND CTL) Class 1A State Championships on Sat. June 15 at the Shooting Park in Horace, N.D., finishing second and third respectively in the Varsity Division competition and leading a surge of Bismarck schools to many top finishes in the event which hosted 37 schools in the first day of the two-day competition.
With totals of 98 and 97 respectively, Howard and Murray battled through rain and breezes to log their best rounds of the season, with Murray hitting 79 targets in a row and logging three straight perfect rounds to close out the season and secure his place on the podium.
“Leading up to state, Daniel logged 300 or 400 rounds and we worked on his mental game taking one target at a time,” said Shiloh CTL Team Head Coach Mark Sandness, “he’s got a lot of ambition to do well and the determination to get it done, it is impressive,” he concluded.
Their performances led many great Missouri River Clay Target League (MR CTL) shooters in the event where more than 500 high schoolers competed for top individual honors across three divisions. Along with Century and Shiloh, MR CTL teams from Bismarck and St. Mary’s also took part in the competition. In Varsity team competition, Century placed third, and took the top spot in Junior Varsity team category as well.
“As the leader of the first varsity squad, Blaine had a great state shoot,” said Century CTL Team Head Coach Darryl Howard about his son’s performance, “his focus and that of our established shooters helped power the varsity groups to their best finish ever,”
In the Junior Varsity division, with respective scores of 93 and 91 Century’s Preston Mitzel and Halle Dunlop claimed the top spots for female and male shooters, powering their team to first place in the category, along with Senior Alizabeth Krick, who finished third overall in JV ladies competition with a total of 83.
“It was great to see Halle, Preston and a majority of our JV and Novice level shooters take the line with confidence and survive the pressure that state can bring,” said coach Howard regarding the top finishers.
Top Bismarck area high school shooters at the 1A Championship were:
Sch Gr First Last Rd1 Rd2 Rd3 Rd4 Tot
Cen 11 Blaine Howard 25 24 24 25 98
Shi 11 Daniel Murray 22 25 25 25 97
Cen 11 Ethan Oswald 24 23 24 25 96
Cen 8 Preston Mitzel 24 23 23 23 93
Shi 10 Andrew Ring 23 24 23 21 91
Cen 9 Halle Dunlop 23 23 23 22 91
Bis 10 William Gebhardt 23 22 22 23 90
Shi 9 Trenton Radenz 22 23 23 18 86
Cen 8 Ryan Bauer 23 20 21 22 86
Bis 10 Zac Steinke 20 22 23 20 85
Cen 9 Ethan Knopp 22 20 23 20 85
StM 9 Isaac Wanner 18 21 23 22 84
Bis 7 Jack Gebhardt 21 22 21 20 84
Cen 11 Trenton Zainhofsky 22 22 19 21 84
Bis 7 Andrew Schadler 20 22 21 20 83
Cen 11 Jarek Berger 22 20 19 22 83
Cen 12 Alizabeth Krick 19 21 19 24 83
Top MR CTL finishers across the divisions at the Class 1A State Tournament were:
8. Ryland Allrich (80), Bis
4. Jamie Schmidt (76), Bis
Jr. Varsity Female
1. Halle Dunlop (91), Cen
3. Alizabeth Krick (83), Cen
7. Tristan Klein (76), Bis
Jr. Varsity Male
1. Preston Mitzel (93), Cen
2. Blaine Howard (98), Cen
3. Daniel Murray (97), Shi
7. Ethan Oswald (96), Cen
Overall, Kordell Kraft of Rugby claimed top male honors with a perfect 100. Teammate Kyla Radomsky took first in ladies overall shooting with a total of 96. Together, they powered Rugby High School to first place overall with a team total of 465 out of 500 targets. Top Shooters for the event from all schools, and final finishes can be viewed at nd.traptournament.com.
Informational and registration meetings for the Fall Season of ND CTL at all six high schools in the Bismarck-Mandan area will happen in August. To learn more about the program and stay updated on that information and more, visit the MR CTL website at mrctl.org, or find them on Facebook.
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.
Featured Photo: The lead Century JV squad comes off the house after their final round which secured Dunlop’s (left), Mitzel’s (2nd from right) and the team’s first place finishes with some impressive shooting. MR CTL Photo by Karly Berger.