MHS CTL: Leek Leads the Way in LW2

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Sophomore Ben Leek led all MHS CTL shooters with a total of 49, coming on a first round of 24 and a clutch perfect second round of 25

In League Week 2, shooters for the Marshall High School Clay Target League Team (MHS CTL) continued on their steady pace, posting impressive scores up and down the roster despite having Monday night’s shoot moved due to a weather system that dumped 6 to 10 inches of snow on the region. Following the warm up on Tuesday, Sophomore Ben Leek rode a hot streak on rounds of 24 and a perfect 25 to lead the team with a total of 49.  Freshman Kaden Strate logged his second perfect round of the season after a round of 23 for a total of 48, and Senior Ryan VanMoer posted a pair of 24s for a top-three finish. VanMoer remains in the top 25 shooters (out of 11,400) across all classes in the state with a 24.25 average.

Top performers for MHS CTL in League Week 2 were:

First       Last                     R1           R2           Tot
Ben        Leek                      24           25           49
Kaden   Strate                    23           25           48
Ryan      VanMoer             24           24           48
Tannyr  Curry                  23           24           47
Cody      Kesteloot            23           23           46
Karter   DeSmet                23           22           45
Samuel Dieken                  22           23           45
John      Callens                  21           23           44
Ryan      Landmark            21           23           44

“Ben has been knocking at the door for some time now,” said Coach Nick Simonson, “this was a breakthrough performance and proof that his continued practice is paying off; his dedication to the team and heightened focus is evident,” he concluded.

Average totals for the team remained at 34.8, on par with the previous two sessions, but this week, 45 shooters logged at least one round of 20, up 10 from League Week 1.   The team gained nearly 2,000 points in the overall standings, and while still sitting in fourth place overall, is knocking on the top three in Conference 2 of Class 9A, the class hosting the largest teams in all of Minnesota.

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 and 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: Gunning for the Top in LW1

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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.

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

 

MHS CTL: Strate On in Reserve Week

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Freshman Kaden Strate led the way for MHS CTL with a perfect 25 and a follow-up round of 24 for a team-season-high of 49.

The Marshall High School Clay Target League Team (MHS CTL) found favorable conditions to showcase their developing skills in the Reserve Week of the 2017 season, and Freshman Kaden Strate set the tone for the final preparatory week of the season with a perfect 25 followed by a round of 24 for a total of 49.

“Kaden has been a hard-working shooter over the past two seasons and his commitment shows in performances like that,” said Coach Nick Simonson.

Freshman Karter DeSmet followed his classmate with a total of 47 to finish second in Reserve Week shooting; Senior Captain John Callens went 24-22 for a top three finish.  Six other shooters tallied totals of 45 to round out the week’s top scores.  Overall the team averaged 34.8, raising their mean total by .8 targets over the previous week.  League competition begins for MHS CTL the week of Apr. 23.

Top performers for MHS CTL in the Reserve Week were:

First       Last                     R1           R2         Tot
Kaden   Strate                    25           24           49
Karter   DeSmet                 24           23           47
John      Callens                  24           22           46
Nick       Atcher                  21           24           45
Tannyr  Curry                    22           23           45
Carson  Douglas                22           23           45
Ben        Leek                      24           21           45
Ryan      VanMoer              23           22           45
Derrick  VanOverbeke     22           23           45

Classes and conferences were announced by the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League (mnclaytarget.com) on Monday, and MHS CTL will compete in Conference 2 of Class 9A, where schools with the most participants are slated for 2017.  MHS CTL will shoot at the State Championship in Alexandria on June 20.  This year, over 11,400 students on 343 teams are competing across the state.  That total exceeds the number of student athletes participating in hockey, and trails football by only a few hundred participants, making CTL the second most popular high school sport in Minnesota.

“We’ve seen this incredible growth not only at MHS and other Lyon County-area schools  but also across the state,” said Simonson, “it’s an exciting time for shooting sports and an incredible opportunity for youth to get involved in this life-long activity,” 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: facebook.com/mhsctl

 

 

 

A Wet & Wild Week for MHS CTL

It was a wet and wild Practice Week 2 for the Marshall High School Clay Target League Team (MHS CTL) as Monday’s shoot night was cancelled due to a combination of rain and sleet that eventually turned to snow.  With rounds rescheduled for Wednesday and again on Saturday morning, the team found itself up against dreary and damp conditions, with skies opening up near the end of the midweek shoot, and a slight drizzle on Saturday.

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Sophomore Eric Leach takes aim at a pair of 23s for a top-five finish in PW2.

Despite the conditions, scores rose across the board with Senior Captain Samuel Dieken logging the team’s first perfect round of the season, and the team’s overall average rose by 2.5 targets over Practice Week 1.

Dieken would log a 22 following his opening 25 for a total of 47, and would be joined by Junior Cody Kesteloot on rounds of 23 and 24 atop the leader board. Behind them, with totals of 46 were Karter DeSmet, Eric Leach, Andrew Mulso, Ryan VanMoer and Derrick VanOverbeke.  Top shooters for MHS CTL in Practice Week 2 were:

First       Last                    R1           R2           Tot
Samuel Dieken                25           22           47
Cody      Kesteloot            23           24           47
Karter   DeSmet               22           24           46
Eric         Leach                 23           23           46
Andrew   Mulso                22           24           46
Ryan      VanMoer             24           22           46
Derrick  VanOverbeke    23           23           46
John      Callens                 23           22           45
Nathan Leach                   22           23           45
Kaden   Strate                   22           23           45

“Our shooters have shaken out most of their jitters, settled in and are ready for the season,” said coach Nick Simonson, “and I’m excited to see where 2017 takes the team,” he concluded.

Up next for MHS CTL is the Reserve Week, where scores are held in case weather or other conflicts interfere with a week during the upcoming League Weeks from Apr. 24 to May 23.  The Reserve Week scores are also used as tiebreakers for any regular-season competition ties that may result, so while it isn’t an officially-counted week, the environment is more like a league week than a practice week.

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 Kicks Off 2017 Season

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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: facebook.com/mhsctl