Madysen Zander (Senior) - Girls’ Soccer:
April Female Athlete of the month is senior, Madysen Zander, who plays girls’ soccer. Coach Kessler had this to say about Mady:
Madysen is a senior Captain defender for the girls varsity soccer team. She works extremely hard with our young team and has been our anchor in the central defense position. She is good at directing our young back line, knocking down dangerous opportunities for opponents scoring, and she has offered guidance verbally and by example during very difficult games. She has been playing through a tough thigh injury this season and never complains. She is positive with her being a starter for the varsity team since 2013, she has experienced a vast array of ups and down with our program. She is a 3 year letter winner and 2-time All-Region selection. Her work ethic has proven her to be one of our top defenders since her first season on varsity. She received her first All-Region honors as a sophomore and lead the defensive line to the first ever State Tournament berth for the girls soccer program. During the month of April and May, Mady has kept us in several close games where unfortunately due to our lack of experience on offense, we were not able to score goals. Her efforts in the back line have kept us competitive this season allowing our younger players time to grow. She leads her team both on and off the field and has been an exceptional role model for the very young varsity squad.
Parker Harm (Senior) - Boys’ Baseball:
Male Athletes of the month for April are Parker Harm, senior, baseball and junior, Gabe Meschke, boys’ track and field. Coach Mack had this to say about Parker:
Parker had a stellar April for the baseball team. He is our team leader in hitting, pitching and fielding. His hitting stats for April are 20 hits in 44 at bats for an incredible average of 455. He has nine doubles, a triple and a home run in his 20 hits for 34 total bases.
His fielding stats include 20 put-outs and 7 assists and 0 errors while playing centerfield and pitching. His pitching stats are by far the most impressive. In 20 innings pitched, Parker has recorded 29 strikeouts and only nine walks. He has only allowed two earned runs for an earned run average of 0.70. His record pitching in April is 2-1 and he missed a complete game no-hitter by a single batter. Parker is having a great spring playing baseball. His efforts are the foundation of our teams’ success.
Gabe Meschke (Junior) - Boys’ Track and Field:
Coach Leon Kary had this to say about Gabe:
Gabe Meschke had a very busy month of April for the Mandan Boy’s Track and Field team as he helped the Braves to State Qualifying events in the 400 Meter Relay, 800 Meter Relay and the 1600 Meter Relay. Gabe also qualified individually in the 400 Meter Dash and 800 Meter Dash. Gabe has come a long way since last year as he has shown more speed and strength in all his events. Gabe is a perfect example of an athlete who has made himself into an elite athlete through hard work, perseverance and determination. Gabe’s hard working attitude has inspired our younger athletes to work harder and strive to do their best. His leadership is greatly appreciated by the coaching staff as he’s always willing to do whatever it take to make the Braves a better team.
Other nominees for April were Erik Porter, junior, Boys’ Tennis; Jessica Frey , sophomore, Girls’ Track & Field; Miranda Lowman, junior, Girls’ Tennis; Mariah Marsh, junior, Girls’ Fastpitch softball; and Jacey Wilson, junior, Girls’ Track & Field.