MR CTL Release
After winds of 40 mph and rains cancelled League Week 2 competition for the six area Bismarck-Mandan area schools taking part in the North Dakota State High School Clay Target League (ND CTL), Missouri River Clay Target League (MR CTL) participants returned to Capital City Gun Club on Sun. Oct. 6, with clear skies, but continued gusty conditions. As if there was no wind, Bismarck Junior William Gebhardt and Mandan Freshman Kylie Thompson each crushed 50 straight for a perfect outing.
“The northwest gales made everything challenging and impacted scores across all schools,” said MR CTL Volunteer Coach Nick Simonson “but Will and Kylie were just dialed in, making some impressive shots and keeping their focus on targets that were really getting blown around,” he concluded.
Behind Gebhardt and Thompson, five Century Shooters rounded out the top seven, including eighth grader Ryan Bauer with a total of 48 closed with a perfect round; Seniors Blaine Howard and Ethan Oswald with totals of 47; and eighth grader Kendon Erickson and Junior Lane Grant with totals of 46. Top shooters for MR CTL in League Week 3 were:
First Last Sch Gr R1 R2 Tot
William Gebhardt Bis 11 25 25 50
Kylie Thompson Man 9 25 25 50
Ryan Bauer Cen 9 23 25 48
Blaine Howard Cen 12 24 23 47
Ethan Oswald Cen 12 24 23 47
Kendon Erickson Cen 8 24 22 46
Lane Grant Cen 11 23 23 46
Ian Eilers Man 11 23 22 45
Calby Geiger Man 10 23 22 45
Garrett McIntyre Bis 8 24 21 45
Jacob Thomas Man 8 22 23 45
Matteo DiDonna Cen 12 21 23 44
Jack Gebhardt Bis 8 22 22 44
Zac Steinke Bis 11 22 22 44
In the overall standings, St. Mary’s and Shiloh sit third and fourth in Conference 1, Bismarck is second behind South Prairie in Conference 4 and Legacy, Mandan and Century are chasing Williston in the four-team conference 5.
In individual standings after two league weeks, MR CTL is well represented by area shooters at the state level, including the following male competitors (Rank/Name/School/Average):
1 Blaine Howard Cen 24.75
2 Calby Geiger Man 24.50
6 Jackson Bryant Leg 24.00
9 Ian Eilers Man 23.75
In the ladies’ division, six shooters represent the Bismarck-Mandan area in the ND CTL top ten, including (Rank/Name/School/Average):
1 Jenna Thompson Man 24.00
3 Samantha Bauer Leg 22.50
3 Halle Dunlop Cen 22.50
3 Cassidy Lipelt Leg 22.50
6 Kylie Thompson Man 22.25
8 Jordan Entzel Leg 21.25
Full standings and individual rankings can be found at ndclaytarget.com.
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 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: Volunteer Coach Eric Grove helps young shooters adjust to Sunday’s windy conditions and find success in League Week 3. MR CTL Photo by Jason Lueder.