MHS CTL: 4th Place Finish Shows Growth

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MHS CTL participants Tannyr Curry(L), Karter DeSmet and Nick Atcher come off stand following their morning rounds.  Curry and Atcher would lead the team with totals of 98, and DeSmet would log a 95.

The Marshall High School Clay Target League Team (MHS CTL) finished fourth overall in the 2017 Class 9A State Championship on Tue. June 20, 2017 at the Alexandria Shooting Park in Alexandria, Minn., and showcased some of the best shooting in the team’s history by multiple participants.

“Our varsity shooters have definitely arrived on the league’s biggest scene,” said head coach Nick Simonson, “and with only three of our top ten participants graduating, there is tremendous upside – the rest of the state is on notice,” he concluded.

Things started fast for MHS CTL in Varsity level competition, as Freshman All-Stater Tannyr Curry posted a perfect 50 in his first two rounds.  Fellow All-Stater Karter DeSmet and Derrick VanOverbeke, another Freshman, and Sophomore Nick Atcher added 48s, while Sophomore Isaac Callens and Freshmen Jarret Beebout and Dawson Reese tallied totals of 47 to round out the top shooters in the morning half of competition.

In the afternoon shoot, Atcher went on a tear, bringing home the team’s second perfect 50 of the day, and a reverse run of 67 targets straight, for a total of 98 as Curry logged a pair of 24s for a total of 98 on the day as well.  VanOverbeke bookended his shoot with a 25 for a total of 97, and DeSmet logged rounds of 23 and 24 for a total of 95.   In all of this, Freshman Dawson Reese quietly put up his best rounds of the season, including a perfect 25 in his final round for a total of 93 to make MHS CTL’s top five.  Top Varsity Shooters for MHS CTL were:

First       Last                        R1           R2           R3           R4           Tot(RR)
Nick       Atcher                  24           24           25           25           98(67)
Tannyr  Curry                     25           25           24           24           98(22)
Derrick  VanOverbeke    25           23           24           25           97
Karter   DeSmet                                24           24           23           24           95
Dawson Reese                  23           24           21           25           93(25)

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MHS Teammates Alex Verkinderen, Carson Douglas, Samuel Dieken and Nick Klein share a laugh while Dieken checks the updating standings at the State Championship. 

Atcher and Curry would finish the event tied for fifth overall out of 985 participants, and VanOverbeke tied for tenth.  DeSmet would end up tied for 26th and Reese and VanMoer would finish tied for 45th.

Overall, with a total of 481, MHS CTL finished fourth in the state’s largest class, based on high gun tiebreaker, just two targets out of first place and one target out of second place. The top two teams at the event were invited to the team competition at the State Tournament in Minneapolis on June 24.  Final overall standings for the Class 9A Championship were:

School                                                  Place                     Team Total(High Gun)
Northfield High School                   1st                           483
Park High School                               2nd                          482
Lakeville South High School         3rd                           481(99)
Marshall High School                      4th                           481(98)
Prior Lake High School                    5th                           477

“As the saying goes, ‘every clay counts,’” said Simonson, “and though we came out on the tough side of that adage this time, our shooters should be very proud of themselves, as four years of focus, dedication and development are paying off,” he concluded.

MHS CTL finished eighth overall in the Junior Varsity division of the Class 9A Championship and was led by seventh grader Ben Geihl, who posted an 88 to lead that squad.  Top JV shooters for MHS CTL included:

First       Last                        R1           R2           R3           R4           Tot
Ben        Geihl                     22           23           21           22           88
Calvin    Bader                    23           20           20           24           87
Colben  Christensen        21           21           23           20           85
Tylar      Holmgren            18           24           21           21           84
Nolan    Meyer                  18           22           22           19           81

“Ben will be one to watch,” said Simonson, “he’s got the fundamentals down, a ton of drive and he consistently works and competes with older shooters who have mentored him well,” he concluded.

In Novice division shooting, MHS finished 10th overall at the event and was led by Devyn Martzloff on a total of 77 to lead the squad.  Top shooters for MHS in the Novice division were:

First       Last                        R1           R2           R3           R4           Tot
Devyn   Martzloff             20           19           19           19           77
Jason     Arzdorf                 17           19           15           23           74
August  Stemwedel         15           21           15           22           73
Isaac      Timmerman       21           19           15           18           73
Simon   Zahrbock             12           12           19           17           60

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Senior MacKenzie Schultz reacts while coming in from her morning rounds at the State Championship. 

MHS CTL will be represented by VanMoer, DeSmet and Curry in individual competition at the Minnesota State High School League Trap Tournament in Minneapolis on June 24, after qualifying for the event by finishing in the top 100 shooters (out of 11,400) by league average this year.

MHS CTL is coached by a staff of 13 volunteers and supported by a number of parents who help instruct, score and supervise 80 youth.  The program is funded by generous donations from a number of local conservation and sportsmen’s groups and area businesses including: Lyon County Pheasants Forever, Redwood River Sportsmen’s Club, National Wild Turkey Federation, Minnesota Trappers Association, Quality Deer Management Association, Marshall Radio, Lockwood Motors, ABRA Auto Body & Glass, Friends of the NRA, Gustafson C&C Course, Don & Gena Atcher.

Sign up and informational meetings for the 2018 team will be held at the MHS Media Center in January of next year.  For more information on the team and to keep up with MHS CTL, visit their official Facebook Page: facebook.com/mhsctl.

MHS CTL: VanMoer, DeSmet, Curry Qualify for State Tourney in LW5

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Freshman Karter DeSmet knocked down a perfect round on his way to a total of 49 to lead the team with classmate Tannyr Curry in LW5.  Both boys would qualify for the State Tournament individual competition along with Senior Ryan VanMoer

Senior Ryan VanMoer and Freshmen Karter DeSmet and Tannyr Curry became the first MHS CTL shooters in the four-year history of the program to finish in the Top 100 of all participants in the Minnesota High School Clay Target League’s regular season and earn invitations to the State Tournament individual competition in Minneapolis, Minn. on Sat. June 24.  VanMoer, on a weekly total of 47 for League Week 5, finished the season with a league average of 24, the highest in team history and the ninth best average overall out of 11,400 shooters in the state for the 2017 season.  DeSmet, with a season average of 23.8, also qualified for the event with classmate Curry, who ran four impressive final league weeks to make the cut for the big event with an average of 23.5.

“The coaching staff was pretty sure about Ryan and Karter coming into League Week 5, but after running the possibilities, we realized Tannyr had a shot of getting an invite as well,” said coach Nick Simonson, “he came on strong in the last four weeks, and in the clutch did everything it took to punch his ticket to the big event; we’re thrilled for all three,” he concluded.

DeSmet and Curry traded perfect rounds and one-off 24s to lead the team in League Week 5 with totals of 49, while Sophomore Nick Atcher followed a perfect 25 with a 23 for a total of 48 and  a top-three finish.   Top shooters for MHS CTL in League Week 5 were:

First       Last                        R1           R2           Tot
Karter   DeSmet                   24           25           49
Tannyr  Curry                     25           24           49
Nick       Atcher                  25           23           48
Ryan      VanMoer             24           23           47
Samuel Dieken                  24           23           47
Zach       Fischer                  24           23           47
Derrick  VanOverbeke    23           23           46
Owen    Banks                    24           22           46
MacKenzie  Schultz         21           24           45

The team average jumped by .5 targets over the previous week to an even 36, the highest regular season team average for a week in the history of the program, and more than half of the team logged at least one round of 20 in the final stretch of competition.  The team average total never dropped throughout the season and over eight weeks jumped nearly four targets, despite some challenging spring shooting conditions.

Team Awards

With his league average of 24, VanMoer earned this year’s Top Gun honors for MHS CTL.  With an average of 19.4, Junior Tessa Coudron nabbed the Top Gun title for the ladies in 2017.  Most improved on the year was Freshman Anna Timmerman, who nearly doubled her average to 15.9, adding 7.2 targets over 2016.  The Hot Shot Award for highest average for a new shooter in Grades 7 to 9 went to Eighth Grader Brock Schultz, with a league average of 20.1. In total, 31 shooters qualified for letters by maintaining a league average of 19 and staying academically eligible for the program.

Up next for MHS CTL is the Class 9A State Championship on Tues. June 20 in Alexandria Minn., an invitational-style event where 61 members of the team will attend and represent MHS against the biggest schools in the state with a chance to qualify the team for the State Tournament where VanMoer, DeSmet and Curry will already be representing MHS CTL in the individual competition on Sat. June 24, in Minneapolis.

MHS CTL is coached by a staff of 13 volunteers, and supported by a number of parents who help instruct, score and supervise 80 youth.  The program is funded by generous donations from a number of local conservation and sportsmen’s groups and area businesses including: Lyon County Pheasants Forever, Redwood River Sportsmen’s Club, National Wild Turkey Federation, Minnesota Trappers Association, Quality Deer Management Association, Marshall Radio, Lockwood Motors, ABRA Auto Body & Glass, Friends of the NRA, Gustafson C&C Course, Don & Gena Atcher.

For more information on the team and to keep up with MHS CTL, visit their official Facebook Page: facebook.com/mhsctl

 

MHS CTL: VanMoer Perfect in LW4

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Senior Ryan VanMoer smashed 50 straight to lead MHS CTL, and all shooters in the state, in League Week 4 Competition.

MHS CTL Press Release

Senior Ryan VanMoer crushed the season’s first perfect fifty to lead all shooters on the Marshall High School Clay Target League Team (MHS CTL), and all of Class 9A’s participants in League Week 4 of statewide competition.  With the accomplishment, VanMoer becomes the second MHS CTL shooter to log two perfect rounds in competition.  Additionally, Senior Carson Douglas logged a perfect 25, for a top three finish on the week.  With VanMoer leading the pack, the top shooters for the team this week were:

First      Last                     R1         R2         Tot
Ryan     VanMoer            25         25         50
Karter   DeSmet               24         24         48
Carson  Douglas               22         25         47
Tannyr  Curry                   24         23         47
Eric        Leach                  24         22         46
Wyatt   Martin                24         22         46
Jared     Antony                22         23         45
Owen    Banks                  21         24         45
Dawson Reese                 22         23         45

“Ryan has set the standard this season, he’s so involved in many extracurriculars, but always shows up, focused and ready with a smile on his face,” said Coach Nick Simonson, “he gets on stand and you get the feeling he’s having fun, and the rest – including his 24-plus league average – just seems to fall into place,” he concluded.

VanMoer’s 24.13 average after League Week 4 puts him in a multiple-way tie for the seventh best overall average in the state, and in the top 25 shooters of all 11,400 participants across the league.  On his pair of 24s this week, Freshman Karter DeSmet also lands in the top 100 shooters with an average of 23.63.  The top 100 shooters (and all ties) at the end of next week’s final league rounds are invited to the State Tournament individual competition in White Bear Lake, Minn. on June 24, following the nine-day State Championship event which ends with MHS CTL’s shoot day on June 20.

The overall team average total for MHS CTL jumped .2 targets to an even 36 this week, continuing a season trend of that number never dipping week-over-week.  Additionally, 26 shooters logged totals of 40 or more in League Week 4, a season high for that statistic.  MHS CTL remains in fourth place overall in Conference 2 of Class 9A, home to the largest and most competitive teams in the state.

MHS CTL is coached by a staff of 13 volunteers, and supported by a number of parents who help instruct, score and supervise 80 youth.  The program is funded by generous donations from a number of local conservation and sportsmen’s groups and area businesses including: Lyon County Pheasants Forever, Redwood River Sportsmen’s Club, National Wild Turkey Federation, Minnesota Trappers Association, Quality Deer Management Association, Marshall Radio, Lockwood Motors, ABRA Auto Body & Glass, Friends of the NRA, Gustafson C&C Course, Don & Gena Atcher.

For more information on the team and to keep up with MHS CTL, visit their official Facebook Page: facebook.com/mhsctl

MHS CTL: Perfect Times 3 in LW3

 

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Sophomore Andrew Mulso crushed his first career perfect round of 25 for MHS CTL in League Week 3 Competition.

MHS CTL Press Release

 

Steady scores across the board, and a season high three perfect rounds, kept the Marshall High School Clay Target League(MHS CTL) team rolling in League Week 3 of statewide competition. Senior Captain Samuel Dieken started the week off with the team’s first round of 25, his second of the year, and was followed quickly by Sophomores Isaac Callens and Andrew Mulso who also logged rounds of 25 on Monday night’s shoot.  Near perfect in both rounds, Freshman Tannyr Curry led the pack with two rounds of 24, for a total of 48.  Top shooters for MHS CTL in League Week 3 were:

First       Last                        R1           R2           Tot
Tannyr  Curry                     24           24           48
Samuel Dieken                  22           25           47
Andrew  Mulso                  22           25           47
Karter   DeSmet                 23           24           47
Isaac      Callens                  25           21           46
Nick       Atcher                  22           24           46
Ryan      VanMoer             24           22           46
Jared     Antony                 21           24           45
John      Callens                 22           23           45
Brock     Schultz                  24           21           45

“We’ve got great captains in Samuel and John [Callens],” said Coach Nick Simonson, “and hardworking  underclassmen feed off their examples; they’re focused, ready and rolling when they get on stand, and that attitude and the success that follows is contagious,”  he concluded.

MHS CTL still sits in fourth place overall in Conference 2 of Class 9A, home to the largest and most competitive teams in the league.  Senior Ryan VanMoer, with a season average of 23.67 and Freshman Karter DeSmet with an average of 23.5 are both ranked in the top 100 shooters in the state, across all nine classes and more than 11,400 participants. Overall team totals jumped by a full target from the previous week’s competition, with a team average of 35.8.  42 shooters logged at least one round of 20 in League Week 3, a season high for that statistic as well.

MHS CTL is coached by a staff of 13 volunteers, and supported by a number of parents who help instruct, score and supervise 80 youth.  The program is funded by generous donations from a number of local conservation and sportsmen’s groups and area businesses including: Lyon County Pheasants Forever, Redwood River Sportsmen’s Club, National Wild Turkey Federation, Minnesota Trappers Association, Quality Deer Management Association, Marshall Radio, Lockwood Motors, ABRA Auto Body & Glass, Friends of the NRA, Gustafson C&C Course, Don & Gena Atcher.

For more information on the team and to keep up with MHS CTL, visit their official Facebook Page: facebook.com/mhsctl

 

WE ARE FOREVER

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LCPF Past President Nick Simonson in the bluestem of Elmer Weltz WMA along the Lyon County line in November of 2016 (PF Photo)

By Nick Simonson

It has truly been an honor to serve Lyon County Pheasants Forever as President these last six years.  In that time, I have had the chance to direct a group of leaders from all walks of life who have cared as much, if not more than I, about the outdoors, conservation, the hunting heritage and the next generation we will pass those things on to.  As I reflected on this time over the past few days, one statement kept coming to mind, over and over again. As I left a CTL shoot night, or drove by a WMA, or set my boots into the running water of the Redwood River, the words came to me simply, repeatedly and resoundingly:  “We are Forever.” 

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Members of the Marshall High School CTL team in 2015.  LCPF helped create the MHS team, and fund three others in 2013 and 2014. (LCPF Photo)

Every day, every month, in hunting season and out of it, we changed Lyon County and the surrounding area for the better in a way that will bear the fruits of our efforts Forever.  We pulled buried pieces of barn metal from under a foot of dirt and coiled rusted barbwire for removal from a future WMA site.  We watched young hunters take their first shots in the field, helped build four clay target teams consisting of 160-plus area youth, where just a few years ago there were none, and we taught kids to create their own lures, follow nature’s cues and catch fish with their homemade flies, jigs and spinners. In the process, tying their lives and enjoyment to the grasses, the water, the soils and the habitat of this region.  They may not have realized it then, and maybe not even now, but we’ve bettered their lives, Forever.

In my time as President of Lyon County Pheasants Forever (LCPF), we accomplished these things and so many more that will continue on.  We set aside over 1,100 acres of land for wildlife habitat, public access and preservation of the hunting heritage for those who don’t have the luxury of their own acres, or for those who come to visit and see what Southwest Minnesota is all about.  We united various sportsman’s clubs and branches of conservation groups across this region in an effort to honor the legacy of locally-raised and renowned wildlife artist James Meger. We have stood strong in the face of those in St. Paul and Washington D.C. who would attempt to undermine the strong conservation ethic of this area and undo the years of work we have put in with a penstroke or a yea vote, and let them know with a resounding voice that sportsmen, conservationists and environmentalists vote as well and decide their employment each November and will continue to do so, Forever.

Partnering with agencies like area Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the Department of Natural Resources and the Fish and Wildlife Service, we have restored and set aside prairie pothole sloughs for waterfowl habitat, water retention, and flood control.  We have worked tirelessly with conservation-minded landowners to improve habitat, prevent siltation and chemical runoff into the region’s watersheds, providing habitat for wildlife beyond pheasants, including butterflies, bees and other pollinators that are so desperately needed to continue the agricultural cycle each year, but are dwindling in number with each passing season.

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Through partnerships with other PF Chapters and the Redwood River Sportsman’s Club, LCPF has introduced hundreds of kids from across the state – from Duluth, to Eagan to Ghent – to the adventures of pheasant hunting through the chapter’s mentor hunt. (LCPF Photo)

We have found solutions to problems, provided ways to make conservation affordable and even profitable to landowners and have combated the misinformation of those who see only dollar signs in the dirt as the bottom line. Standing up and sacrificing hunting access and even what may have been considered friendships as part of our conservation ideals with absolutely no regrets, knowing that the long-term well being of our society and our natural resources is far more important than being able to pass by a posted sign through the concealment of our membership in the Habitat Organization. Those sacrifices were well worth it, and the bewilderment in their eyes and voices in reaction to our steadiness and commitment, will resonate with them Forever.

When you look at all these things we have accomplished together as volunteers – sacrificing our time, our own hunting hours, and sweat equity for the greater good – in this blink of an eye of six years, you shouldn’t see just flushing pheasants.  You should see the next generation, and the one after that, growing up never having to look back and say “I wish they would have had trapshooting in high school when I was a kid” or “I wish I had a chance to go hunting with someone” or “I hope I have a place to take my kids in the field” or “I didn’t think our drinking water would end up like Flint’s.”

They won’t say those things, because we did these things. We took a stand, we made the effort, and together, we made a difference that changed not only landscapes, but also lives, and protected them all, Forever.

But six years is not “Forever.”  The price for the longevity of these incredible victories and opportunities is vigilance. The need in the coming years of Forever will be for the continued stomp of boots on the ground, of fundraising efforts, of writing and calling legislators, of reaching across the fence to advance habitat, sustain wildlife, improve society, protect resources and

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Together we have left a legacy that will live on Forever, but only through vigilance, hard work, and your contribution will those efforts grow, and the successes continue.  (PF Photo)

increase opportunities for the next generation to experience it all. It is my firm belief that you will help continue this tradition, you will take your spot on the front lines of conservation and be the continuation of Forever, whether you’ve sat around the old laminate table on the first Wednesday of each month with me over these past six years or are only now just thinking of getting involved.

“We” does not happen without you.  “We” does not happen without an incredible group of leaders getting together, leveraging a total greater than the sum of its parts, and finding a way, even when things look bleakest.

You have to be part of this. It is my parting hope that you will be, and the “we” of LCPF and the nationwide organization continues on the rising crest of these accomplishments and builds into so many more in the coming Forever.

Thank you for the incredible opportunities you have allowed me to be part of and play a leadership role in.  I will treasure my time in Lyon County and the surrounding area as some of my fondest memories, and will continue to return to hunt the places we worked so hard to protect and preserve, and the ones that you will most certainly add to the legacy we will continue.

 

 

Sincerely yours, Forever,
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Nick Simonson, Past President