Erin Bussman (Senior) - Girls’ Soccer:
MAR Club Female Athlete of the Month for May is senior girls’ soccer player Erin Bussman. Coach Jennifer Kessler nominated Erin and here is what she had to say about Erin:
Erin is a Senior Captain for the girls’ varsity soccer team. She worked extremely hard this season with our young team and has played an important role since joining the varsity squad as an 8th grader five years ago. Erin has been a selfless player for our program playing literally every position on the field, including goalie. She always does what is best for the team and never complains. She was our starting keeper as an 8th grader and became a starting field player her sophomore year as she helped lead our team to our first ever State Tournament appearance.
This season was a very difficult season for our program with the youngest varsity squad on record. Erin was an exceptional leader for our young team and her effort this season garnered her two end of the season awards. She was selected as the only Mandan athlete to the West Region All-Region team and she was awarded the “Unsung Hero” award by her teammates.
Erin has been a great role model and leader for our team. She will be greatly missed next season.
Trever Leingang (Senior) - Boys’ Baseball:
The May Male Athlete of the Month is senior baseball player Trever Leingang. Coach Dewitt Mack nominated Trever and here are his accomplishments:
Trever’s month of May was a culmination of years of practice and hard work. In looking at his statistics it becomes very evident of why Trever received numerous accolades as his high school baseball career came to an end.
Trever was our everyday catcher, however, he also filled a role of pitching on the team and was very good. He was 4-0 on the hill in May, winning the first games at the West Region and State Tournament. He finished the season 6-0 with a measly 0.53 ERA. He had 40 strikeouts and only 10 walks.
He was also one of our leaders at the plate. His final batting average was 0.417 with a 0.495 on base %.
As our catcher, he handles the ball second only to the pitcher. In all those opportunities Trever only committed two errors the entire season and recorded 116 total put outs (2 of which occurred in the state championship game when he picked off two Fargo Davies runners).
Trever has also been recognized by the coaches throughout the state with the following awards: WDA All-Conference team, West Region All-Tournament team, ND Class A All-State team, ND Class A All-State Tournament team, West Region Senior Athlete of the Year and ND Class A Co-Senior Athlete of the Year.
Trever was also instrumental in helping his team become the WDA conference champions, the West Region tournament champions and the ND Class A State Baseball champions.
He was also voted by his peers as the Most Valuable Athlete of the year on the Mandan Baseball team.
His numbers and accomplishments speak volumes for the month that Trever had and the type of player he has become.
Other Athlete of the Month nominees for May were sophomore Andrew Morgan, Boys Track and Fiel; Senior Colton Murphy, Boys golf; 8th Grader Kennedy Harris, Girls Softball; Junior Miranda Lowman, Girls Tennis; 7th Grader Kelby Rinas, Girls Track and Field; and Junior McKenzie Zacha, Girls Tennis.