MHS CTL Kicks Off 2017 Season


Captain Senior Samuel Dieken readies for his next shot.  Dieken would post a total of 48 to lead all MHS CTL Shooters in Practice Week 1.

MHS CTL Press Release

The Marshall High School Clay Target League Team (MHS CTL) kicked off its fourth season the week of April 3, with 80 shooters in grades seven through twelve taking to the trap houses at Redwood River Sportsman’s Club southeast of Marshall.  Led by Senior Captains Samuel Dieken and John Callens, the team was met by the usual gusty conditions that spring in southwest Minnesota is known for, but managed to shake off a winter’s worth of rust and post some very impressive numbers.

“With Monday’s north winds, and Saturday’s warm southerly gusts, we were up against what we normally face each spring on both of our shoot days,” said Coach Nick Simonson, “but I am impressed by the focus of our veteran shooters, and the skill showcased by a number of our new participants,” he concluded.

Dieken led all shooters in the first week of competition with a pair of 24s for a total of 48.  Senior Ryan Van Moer and Sophomore Jared Antony tallied totals of 46, and Sophomore Tylar Holmgren followed a round of 24 with a 20 for a total of 44

Top MHS CTL shooters for Practice Week 1 were:

First       Last                        R1           R2           Tot
Samuel Dieken                  24           24           48
Jared     Antony                 24           22           46
Ryan      VanMoer             23           23           46
Tylar      Holmgren            24           20           44
Owen    Banks                    20           23           43
Eric         Leach                    23           20           43
Nathan Leach                    21           22           43
Derrick  VanOverbeke    19           24           43
Nick       Atcher                  22           20           42
Ryan      Landmark            22           20           42
Kaden   Strate                    21           21           42
Cameron VanOverbeke                22           20           42

“Returning 15 of our top 20 shooters provides a strong leadership base, as was evident this week,” said Simonson, “many of those top shooters spent a great deal of time in the off-season honing their skills at various regional and local events and facilities – and it shows,” he concluded.

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:


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