Solid Final Week Leads to Top Fall Finishes

MR CTL Release


Sisters Kylie Thompson (L) and Jenna Thompson of Mandan each closed out LW5 with totals of 47. Jenna won the fall overall ladies competition, with Kylie taking third.  The duo claimed the top two spots in Conference 5 ladies division.  MR CTL Photo by Susie Thompson.

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

Bismarck Junior William Gebhardt claimed first place in Conference 4, and finished second overall in the state in the ND CTL Fall League.  MR CTL Photo by Brent Lipelt.

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

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 to find out more, or email 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, and to keep up with MR CTL, visit the six Bismarck-Mandan teams’ official website at

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.




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