Class 1A Tourney Recap: MR CTL Shooters Take Varsity Podium, Sweep Top Finishes in JV Division

Shiloh’s Daniel Murray (R) receives his third-place varsity division medal at the ND CTL Class 1A State Championship on Sat. June 17. MR CTL Photo by Nick Simonson.

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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.

Century Eighth Grader Preston Mitzel receives his 1st Place Medal in the Male JV division at the ND CTL Class 1A State Championship. MR CTL Photo by Nick Simonson

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:


Novice Male
8. Ryland Allrich (80), Bis

Novice Female
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

Varsity Male
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

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, 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. 

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