MR CTL Release
The 175 participants in the 2019 North Dakota State High School Clay Target League (ND CTL) shooting for the six area Bismarck-Mandan schools as part of the Missouri River Clay Target League (MR CTL) took to the trap houses at Capital City Gun Club under sunny skies and summerlike conditions to start their fall season. In the process, veteran shooters paced the group, putting up 12 perfect rounds and some incredible shotgunning to begin the six-week fall session.
Century’s Blaine Howard led the charge into Reserve Week and kicked off his senior year with a return to form, posting a perfect 50. Four shooters followed with totals of 49, including Bismarck Junior William Gebhardt, Legacy Freshman Brady Roehrich, and Junior Taylor Seefeldt and Sophomore Calby Geiger of Mandan. Their teammates, Senior Jenna Thompson and Eighth Grader Jacob Thomas rounded out the top seven with totals of 48. Top shooters on the week for MR CTL were:
First Last Sch Gr R1 R2 Tot
Blaine Howard Cen 12 25 25 50
William Gebhardt Bis 11 25 24 49
Calby Geiger Man 10 24 25 49
Brady Roehrich Leg 9 25 24 49
Taylor Seefeldt Man 11 24 25 49
Jacob Thomas Man 8 24 24 48
Jenna Thompson Man 12 25 23 48
Jackson Bryant Leg 11 23 24 47
Ian Eilers Man 10 22 25 47
Lane Grant Cen 11 25 22 47
Cassidy Lipelt Leg 12 22 25 47
Ethan Oswald Cen 11 22 25 47
Andrew Ring Shi 11 23 24 47
Tyler Sandvig Bis 11 24 23 47
Zac Steinke Bis 11 25 22 47
The 12 perfect rounds put up in Reserve Week are the most ever logged during competition in a single day in the three year history of MR CTL. The league average of 30.1 across all shooters is also the highest first week average in the history of the program, amazing in part because 70 new shooters are enrolled with the six area high school trap shooting teams. That number is also the most new shooters brought on in a single season by MR CTL as the popularity of this dynamic, safe, co-ed sport continues to grow in North Dakota and across the nation.
“What the numbers didn’t say on Sunday, the smiles, high fives and fist bumps between the shooters and the coaches did,” said MR CTL Volunteer Coach Nick Simonson, “when you combine great shooters with good conditions, the sky is truly the limit and a start like this sets the tone for the season,” he concluded.
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 1,700 shooters participated on over 60 teams throughout the state and an estimated 800 will partake in the fall league. There are 175 Bismarck-Mandan area student-athletes participating in the ND CTL fall session under the MR CTL banner. 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 40 volunteers who help instruct, score and supervise as part of the 2019 ND CTL fall 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 ndclaytarget.com, and to keep up with MR CTL, visit the six Bismarck-Mandan teams’ official website at mrctl.org.
Featured Photo: Mandan’s Taylor Seefeldt crushes his way to a perfect round to close out his Reserve Week with a total of 49. MR CTL Photo by Jason Lueder.