Class 2A Tourney Recap: Lipelt Wins State Ladies Title, JV Shooters Claim Top Spots

ND CTL head Joe Courneya presents Legacy’s Cassidy Lipelt with her first place medal in the Ladies Varsity division. MR CTL Photo by Nick Simonson.

MR CTL Press Release

After dropping two of her first six targets in a shifting and roaring wind to begin her final rounds, Legacy Junior Cassidy Lipelt crushed 44 straight to leave her opponents in the black-and-orange dust and lay claim to the Class 2A Ladies Title with a total of 95 at the North Dakota State High School Clay Target League (ND CTL) State Tournament on Sun. June 16 at the Shooting Park in Horace, N.D.

“It just goes to show how hard work and repetition and more practice pays off in the end; Cassidy had already shot 3,000 rounds this year,” said Legacy CTL Team Head Coach John Paczkowski, “she was steady under some adverse conditions and stuck to her game plan and it paid off,” he concluded.

Legacy Eighth Grader Samantha Bauer followed Lipelt’s lead with a total of 88 to take first place in the ladies Junior Varsity division at the event, where she logged her first perfect round of 25.  On the other side of the division, Mandan Sophomore Bryce Brendel crushed 92 targets to claim the men’s JV title at the State Championship.

Mandan’s Bryce Brendel receives his first place medal for JV male competition at the State Tournament. MR CTL Photo by Jason Lueder.

“With Bryce, he really puts in the work, he’s there practicing a lot; he struggled a bit early on in the season, refocused, pulled it together and showed up big for the tournament,” said Mandan CTL Team Head Coach Eric Thompson.

Also placing for Mandan were Junior Jenna Thompson, taking third in the Varsity ladies division with a total of 89 and Sixth Grader Mason Brew taking second in the Novice Male Division with a total of 82.

“With Jenna, she’s the veteran of the squad, and as a leader her example helped solidify the team and secure her second straight appearance on the podium,” Coach Thompson stated, “but the state tournament gives everyone a chance to shine and even surprise us at times, and Mason was a prime example of that, he posted his best score ever – a 24 – and took second in Novice,” he concluded.

In team competition, Mandan finished second in the Novice division and third in the JV division, while Legacy nabbed second place in the JV division by a target.

Top Legacy and Mandan shooters in the Class 2A Tournament were:

Sch     Gr       First    Last                             Rd1     Rd2     Rd3     Rd4     STot
Leg     11        Cassidy Lipelt                      24        23        23        25        95
Man    10        Bryce  Brendel                      22        24        23        23        92
Man    11        Ivan    Boehm                        22        22        23        24        91
Man    9          Calby  Geiger                        24        23        21        23        91
Man    12        Kamdin Sedivec                   23        24        21        23        91
Leg     10        Jackson Bryant                      22        23        24        21        90
Leg     9          Brady Roehrich                    22        25        21        21        89
Man    11        Jenna  Thompson                 21        24        21        23        89
Leg     8          Samantha Bauer                   21        25        22        20        88
Leg     9          Josh Entzel                            22        24        19        23        88
Leg     9          Rayce Gullicks                     23        23        21        21        88
Leg     12        Isaiah  Germolus                  20        22        23        22        87
Man    9          Regan Schlosser                    20        21        24        22        87
Man    10        Ian Eilers                               23        23        20        20        86
Leg     9          Ridge Castleman                 22        19        23        21        85

Top MR CTL finishers across the divisions at the Class 2A State Tournament were:


Novice Male
2. Mason Brew (82), Man

Novice Female
4. Jordan Entzel (68), Leg
8. Brooklyn Leingang (60), Man

Jr. Varsity Female
1. Samantha Bauer (88), Leg
4. Kylie Thompson (82), Man
6. Kylie Paczkowski (80), Leg

Jr. Varsity Male
1. Bryce Brendel (92), Man
5. Josh Entzel (88), Leg
6. Regan Schlosser (87), Man

Varsity Female
1. Cassidy Lipelt (95), Leg
3. Jenna Thompson (89), Man
10. Haley Boeder (82), Leg

Overall, Lathan Stroklund of South Prairie High School took top male honors with a total of 98, while Lipelt’s 95 claimed the ladies 2A crown.  Sheyenne High School earned top team honors with a total of 471, beating out South Prairie (466) and Red River (459) High Schools in the year-end showdown.  Complete results, scores and rankings for all schools from the event can be found at

Mandan CTL team members celebrate their top-three finishes in the Novice and Junior Varsity Divisions at the ND CTL State Tournament on June 16 in Horace. MR CTL Photo by Jason Lueder.

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 the teams 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 nearly 1,700 students participated on over 60 teams throughout the state.  There were 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.  Heavy Medals.  MR CTL shooters for Mandan and Legacy brought home the hardware from the fourth annual ND CTL State Tournament, including  (L to R) Jenna Thompson (Man-3rd Varsity Female), Mason Brew (Man-2nd Novice Male), Cassidy Lipelt (Leg-1st Varsity Female), Samantha Bauer (Leg-1st JV Female) and Bryce Brendel (Man-1st JV Male). MR CTL Photo by Nick Simonson. 

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