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.
“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:
2. Mason Brew (82), Man
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
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 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 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.