MHS CTL: Gunning for the Top in LW1


Junior Tessa Coudron guns down a second round of 24 for a top 10 finish in League Week 1 of CTL Competition.

MHS CTL:  Gunning for the Top in League Week 1

The Marshall High School Clay Target League Team (MHS CTL) started its first competition week off with three perfect rounds coming from Senior Ryan VanMoer, Junior Cody Kesteloot and Freshman Karter DeSmet, with VanMoer and Desmet tallying totals of 49 to lead the way in League Week 1. Kesteloot was joined by Sophomore Nick Atcher with a total of 47. Junior Tessa Coudron put up rounds of 21 and 24 to secure a top ten finish for the week with a total of 45, and the highest round and total in the history of the four-year program for a female shooter.

Top performers for MHS CTL in League Week 1 were:

First       Last                    R1           R2           Tot
Karter   DeSmet                25           24           49
Ryan      VanMoer             25           24           49
Nick       Atcher                  23           24           47
Cody      Kesteloot             22           25           47
Tessa     Coudron              21           24           45
Eric         Leach                  24           21           45
Wyatt    Martin                  21           24           45
Derrick  VanOverbeke     22           23           45
“The fact we are seeing scores like 47, 48 and 49 leading our group of 80 shooters in recent weeks is testament to the team’s growth and our participants’ determination to get better,” said coach Nick Simonson, “to crack the top 10 for the team is going to take higher and higher totals as the team improves as a whole,” he concluded.

Average totals for the team remained at 34.8, on par with the week before, but the modal score rose to 41, with 35 shooters logging at least one round of 20. Year over year, the team is up 2.7 targets from the first week of competition in 2016 and finds itself sitting in fourth place in Conference 2 of Class 9A at the start of the 2017 season. DeSmet, VanMoer and Coudron find themselves in the top 25 overall for their genders in the early goings of the season.

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.

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