MHS CTL: VanMoer Leads Team in Week 4

MHS CTL Press Release

Sophomore Ryan VanMoer bounced back from a weather-dampened Week 3 to post a pair of 23s for a total of 46, to lead the team in both high round and high total in Week 4 of the Marshall High School Clay Target League Team’s (MHS CTL) league competition.  Junior Alex DeBaere’s total of 43, good for the second spot, raised his competition average to a team-leading 21.38 targets smashed on the season. Junior Brandon Van Overbeke and Freshman Wyatt Martin posted totals of 41, and Sophomore Ryan Landmark bookended the top 5 with a total of 40.

Eighth Grader Sam Fischer continued his steady rise in the MHS CTL rankings by posting a total of 39, and classmate Nick Atcher followed suit with a 38 for a top 10 finish on the week.  Senior Lesley Matthys became the first female shooter of the year to crack the top 15, posting season-high rounds of 17 and 19 on her way to a total of 36. Top shooters for MHS CTL in League Week 4 were:

Senior Lesley Matthys becomes the first female shooter to crack the top fifteen this year, with personal best rounds of 17 and 19 in week 4.First       Last                        Rd 1       Rd 2       Tot
Ryan      VanMoer             23           23           46
Alex       DeBaere              22           21           43
Brandon VanOverbeke 20           21           41
Wyatt    Martin                  20           21           41
Ryan      Landmark            18           22           40
Samuel  Dieken                  21           18           39
Sam       Fischer                  19           20           39
Nick       Atcher                  17           21           38
John      Callens                  18           20           38
Owen    Banks                    17           21           38
Andrew  Doyle                   20           18           38
Isaac      Callens                  19           18           37
Kaiden  VanOverbeke    21           16           37
Lesley   Matthys                 19           17           36
Ben        Leek                      19           17           36
Dylan     Dulas                     19           17           36
Riley      Swanson              18           18           36

“With the majority of shooters capitalizing on the one nice league day we had ahead of the Memorial Day holiday weekend, we were able to see how our shooters have improved this season,” said Coach Kevin Kayser, “and that continued improvement is getting our team and coaches excited to go back to the State Championship,” Kayser concluded.

Up next for the MHS CTL team is the final week of competition, leading to the State Championship in Alexandria, Minn. on June 14, 2015.  The final season averages will determine each of the 45 attending participants’ placement in the open-style competition: Varsity (19-25), Junior Varsity (15-18.99) and Novice (<15).

“If the season ended today, we’d have seven slated for Varsity; last year, we had just two,” said Coach Nick Simonson, “what’s more, a number of competitors need just a couple of targets above their average next week to crack into the top level of competition, so I am excited to see them rise to the occasion and add themselves to our Varsity squad for the Championship,” he concluded.

MHS CTL, established in 2014, is funded through the financial support of Redwood River Sportsman’s Club, the Buffalo Ridge Gobblers chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Lyon County Pheasants Forever, the MidwayUSA Foundation, Pheasants Forever’s Youth Shooting Sports Initiative, and a number of private and business donors throughout the area. The team is helmed by 10 volunteer coaches and scorers from the Marshall area.  This year, 235 schools and over 8,600 students in Minnesota are taking part in the Spring CTL season.  For more information on the fastest growing high school sport in the state, visit www.mnclaytarget.com.

 

 

 

MHS CTL: Shooters Overcome Weather Woes

MHS CTL Press Release

League Week 3 for the Marshall High School Clay Target League Team (MHS CTL) was bookended by two shoot days that were blown away, chilled to the bone and soaked to the core, but top performers persisted and registered good rounds in the face of challenging conditions. On Monday, May 11, temperatures in the mid-forties and wind gusts of up to 35 mph made shooting difficult.  Spattering squalls of rain made it near impossible at times. Saturday morning’s deluge coming from a storm line that seemed to hug Highway 59 and hang over the Redwood River Sportsman’s club made for a soggy shoot when the clouds lifted.

In the weekend shoot, Eighth Grader Isaac Callens posted rounds of 20 and 21 to lead the way along with Sophomore Samuel Dieken and Junior Brandon VanOverbeke with totals of 41.  Sophomores John Callens and Ryan Landmark tallied totals of 40 to round out the top 5.

Eighth Grader Nick Atcher posted a total of 39 for a top 10 weekly finish and raised his league average to 18.7, a jump of nearly eight targets from his 2014 league average.  Junior Ramsey Nielsen posted his season-high total of 38 to land in seventh overall for the week.   The top 16 MHS CTL shooters for League Week 3 were:

Brandon VanOverbeke takes aim at a round of 22 to help lead MHS CTL with a total of 41 in League Week 3First Last Rd1 Rd2 Tot

Isaac Callens 20 21 41

Samuel Dieken 19 22 41

Brandon VanOverbeke 19 22 41

John Callens 19 21 40

Ryan Landmark 20 20 40

Nick Atcher 21 18 39

Ramsey Nielsen 18 20 38

Rusty Swanson 19 18 37

Wyatt Martin 17 19 36

Nick Versaevel 18 18 36

Sam Prorok 16 19 35

Cameron VanOverbeke 17 18 35

Alex Verkinderen 17 18 35

Alex DeBaere 16 18 34

Carson Douglas 16 18 34

Riley Swanson 19 15 34

“We need to pick better league days,” said Coach Gary Hurd with a laugh as the group waited for the weather to pass on Saturday morning, “this week feels a lot like last year,” he concluded, referencing the week-after-week weather challenges MHS CTL faced in 2014.

This year, 45 of the 50 MHS CTL participants will be headed to the State Championship in Alexandria, Minn. on June 14, an open-style event that welcomes all shooters regardless of average or age.  There they will compete in three divisions, Varsity, Junior Varsity and Novice against all teams in Class 4A.  The top three teams from each division will shoot at the State Tournament in Prior Lake, Minn. the following Saturday.

“Our level of participation in the State Championship shows the enthusiasm that our team has up and down the rankings for this sport and this great event,” said Coach Nick Simonson, “the skill and depth we will be bringing in all divisions allows us to take serious aim at the podium and an invite to the State Tournament,” he concluded.

MHS CTL, established in 2014, is funded through the financial support of the Redwood River Sportsman’s Club, the Buffalo Ridge Gobblers chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Lyon County Pheasants Forever, the MidwayUSA Foundation, Pheasants Forever’s Youth Shooting Sports Initiative, and a number of private and business donors throughout the area. The team is helmed by 10 volunteer coaches and scorers from the Marshall area.  This year, 235 schools and over 8,600 students in Minnesota are taking part in the Spring CTL season.  For more information on the fastest growing high school sport in the state, visit www.mnclaytarget.com.

 

MHS CTL: Experience, Youth Lead Team in League Week 2

MHS CTL Press Release

Marshall High School Clay Target League (MHS CTL) Team Captain, Junior Alex DeBaere once again set the tone in League Week 2, tying the team-and-season-high total of 47 he put up last week by posting rounds of 24 and 23.  Sophomores Riley Swanson and Samuel Dieken along with Junior Brandon VanOverbeke posted totals of 42 to round out the top four.

Isaac Callens takes aim at a round of 21 to crack the top 10A number of young guns cracked the Top 10 including eighth graders Isaac Callens with a total of 40, and Sam Fischer with a total of 38; Callens’ league average of 19.8 now sits 6.8 targets above his 2014 average. Meanwhile, Freshman Owen Banks maintained an average of 19.3 by posting rounds of 19 and 20 for a total of 39.  The top 14 shooters for the week were:

First Last Rd1 Rd2 Tot

Alex DeBaere 24 23 47

Riley Swanson 22 20 42

Samuel Dieken 20 22 42

Brandon VanOverbeke 21 21 42

Ryan VanMoer 20 20 40

Isaac Callens 21 19 40

Rusty Swanson 22 18 40

Owen Banks 19 20 39

Sam Fischer 21 17 38

Wyatt Martin 19 18 37

Devyn Martzloff 18 19 37

Nick Atcher 20 17 37

Noah Meister 20 17 37

John Callens 17 19 36

With a league average of 23.5 after two weeks of competition, DeBaere remains one of the Top 100 shooters in all six CTL Classes, and is tied for second overall in Class 4A and in Conference 4.  Additionally MHS CTL’s Riley Swanson (22), Samuel Dieken (21.75) and Brandon VanOverbeke (21.75) land in the Conference Top 25 Male shooters and Seniors Courtney Keuhl (14.25) and Lesley Matthys (13.75) rank in the Conference Top 25 Female shooters.  Currently, MHS CTL sits fourth in Class 4A’s Conference 4.

“What doesn’t show up in these top numbers is the vast improvement we’re seeing from our novice and young shooters from week-to-week,” said Coach Nick Simonson, “I’ve watched a number of participants jump their rounds from single digits into the teens, and the resulting increase in our team average by 6.5 targets on the year is very positive.”

MHS CTL, established in 2014, is funded through the financial support of Redwood River Sportsman’s Club, the Buffalo Ridge Gobblers chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Lyon County Pheasants Forever, the MidwayUSA Foundation, Pheasants Forever’s Youth Shooting Sports Initiative, and a number of private and business donors throughout the area. The team is helmed by 10 volunteer coaches and scorers from the Marshall area.  This year, 235 schools and over 8,600 students in Minnesota are taking part in the Spring CTL season.  For more information on the fastest growing high school sport in the state, visit www.mnclaytarget.com.

 

 

 

 

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