Marshall High School Clay Target League Team Week 4 Update


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          
Tannyr  Curry                      24           23          
Eric         Leach                     24           22          
Wyatt    Martin                   24           22          
Jared     Antony                  22           23          
Owen    Banks                     21           24          
Dawson Reese                    22           23          

“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.

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