MR CTL Release
Following a snowstorm which cancelled the previous week’s league shoot, participants raced the rain on Sun., Oct. 20 to close out the fall trap shooting season with some amazing finishes which earned them the highest autumn accolades. Members from the six area Bismarck-Mandan schools participating in the North Dakota State High School Clay Target League (ND CTL) put up some impressive numbers, and Century Senior Blaine Howard claimed the top spot in the fall league with an overall average of 24.6, while Mandan Senior Jenna Thompson took home first place in ladies competition on great final-week shooting, which continued throughout the ranks of the six area schools in the Missouri River Clay Target League (MR CTL).
Howard crushed all fifty targets in his final shoot to lead all MR CTL participants in League Week 5. He was followed by Mandan Junior Ian Eilers and Bismarck Freshman Jack Gebhardt with totals of 48. Behind them, a crew of six shooters, including Mandan sisters Senior Jenna Thompson and Freshman Kylie Thompson posted totals of 47, with the younger posting her fourth consecutive perfect round in league competition.
Top shooters on the week for MR CTL were:
First Last Sch Gr R1 R2 Tot
Blaine Howard Cen 12 25 25 50
Ian Eilers Man 11 24 24 48
Jack Gebhardt Bis 8 24 24 48
Ivan Boehm Man 12 23 24 47
William Gebhardt Bis 11 24 23 47
Ethan Grove Leg 10 24 23 47
Preston Mitzel Cen 9 24 23 47
Jenna Thompson Man 12 24 23 47
Kylie Thompson Man 9 25 22 47
Ryan Bauer Cen 9 24 22 46
Calby Geiger Man 10 24 22 46
Garrett McIntyre Bis 8 23 23 46
Taylor Seefeldt Man 11 25 21 46
With the close of League Week 5 came the settling of the dust and some very high finishes overall for MR CTL participants, with representation in the state’s top ten on both sides of the fall league competition.
Overall Male Competition – ND CTL Fall 2019 (Rank/Name/Sch/Avg)
1 Blaine Howard Cen 24.60
2 William Gebhardt Bis 24.00
4 Calby Geiger Man 23.80
8 Ian Eilers Man 23.50
Overall Female Competition – ND CTL Fall 2019
1 Jenna Thompson Man 23.30
3 Kylie Thompson Man 22.80
5 Samantha Bauer Leg 21.90
6 Cassidy Lipelt Leg 21.80
7 Halle Dunlop Cen 21.50
T10 Aurora Zainhofsky Cen 20.70
T10 Jordan Entzel Leg 20.70
In conference competition, in was nearly a clean sweep in Conference 5 on the individual side, as 19 of the top 20 spots by gender were occupied by shooters from Bismarck-Mandan High Schools, with many shooters claiming top-three placings in the 2019 Fall League.
Conference 5 Male Competition – ND CTL Fall 2019
1 Blaine Howard Cen 24.60
2 Calby Geiger Man 23.80
3 Ian Eilers Man 23.50
Conference 5 Female Competition – ND CTL Fall 2019
1 Jenna Thompson Man 23.30
2 Kylie Thompson Man 22.80
3 Samantha Bauer Leg 21.90
Conference 4 Male Competition – ND CTL Fall 2019
1 William Gebhardt Bis 24.00
Conference 1 Male Competition – ND CTL Fall 2019
2 Andrew Ring Shi 22.40
T3 Jackson Wilson StM 21.30
T3 Logan Vetter StM 21.30
In team competition, the young Shiloh and St. Mary’s squads finished third and fourth in Conference 1, with Bismarck taking the runner-up spot to South Prairie High School in Conference 4. Legacy, Century and Mandan chased Williston post-to-post in Conference 5, with the Sabers taking second place.
Full final standings and individual rankings can be found at ndclaytarget.com.
Sign-up and informational meetings will be held in February of next year, with registration for the 2020 ND CTL Spring League beginning in January. Bookmark mrctl.org to find out more, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on registering participants in grades 6 through 12 with hunters education.
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: Senior Smoke. Smoke rises from the shotgun of Century Senior Blaine Howard as he closes out a perfect 50 in League Week 5, earning him the top spot overall in the 2019 ND CTL Fall League with an average of 24.6. MR CTL Photo by Jason Lueder.