Carli Defoe (Senior) - Girls Track & Field:
Female Mar Club Athlete of the month for March is Senior Carli Defoe for Girls Track and Field. Coach Mike Kuhn nominated Carli for this award for these accomplishments:
Carli is a senior who has been in our varsity program since her middle school years. She really has been a very steady and dependable competitor and a huge mainstay in our relay teams over the years. Since the beginning of the season and throughout the month of March, Carli has demonstrated those steady, dependable, and hard-working traits that she has brought to the table for quite a few years already. In the WDA indoor, Carli was part of a 3rd place 4 x 1 Lap sprint relay, and a 3rd place mile relay. At the State Indoor in Fargo last week, Carli was part of a 2nd place 4 x 200 meter relay, and a 6th place 4 x 400 relay, with almost all Class A schools in attendance. There is no question in my mind that our relay teams would not be as successful as they are without her presence, determination, and dependability. In addition to that no varsity team could be successful without people/athletes like Carli.
Over the years, Carli has emerged as a fabulous leader, both by example, and an encouraging compassion for her team mates. She is a great student, and has been a huge part in our team’s scholarly achievements (NDHSAA Team Scholar Award – 5 years in a row).
Colten Stoltz (Junior) – Boys Track & Field - Reed Bergman (Freshman) - Boys Swimming and Diving:
Male Athlete of the month for March is Co- winners, Junior Colten Stoltz Boys track and field and Reed Bergman Freshman Boys swimming and diving Colten was nominated by Coach Leon Kary and here are Coltens accomplishments:
Colten had a very good month for the Braves Boy’s Track and Field day as he placed 7th in the 55 Meter Dash, 7th in the 200 Meter Dash, 3rd in the Triple Jump, 7th in the 4 x 420 relay at the WDA Indoor in Minot and a 9th in the Triple Jump, 22nd in the 200 Meter Dash and 15th in the 4 x 200 Meter Relay at the State Indoor in Fargo. Colten has become an inspiration for the younger athletes as he has progressed into a team leader since he started as a freshman. Colten is always willing to go the extra mile for the team as he will volunteer for whatever event the coaches need him to do. We’ll have Colten for two more years so we are expecting big things from him in the near future.
Reed was nominated by Coach Ralph Manley:
Reed had an amazing season for the Boys Swimming and Diving Team. This his first season on the team and only two meets in March - WDA and State you could not ask any more from this young man. At WDA Reed earned the top backstroke place in the 200 Medley Relay swimming a 28.53 and a final relay time of a1:47.89 place the relay team in 3rd place. In his event the 100 yard Backstroke he swam a 1:00.88 dropping 2.67 seconds from his previous time of 1:02.45. Reed placed 5th in the event helping the Braves to a 3rd place team finish at WDA.
At the State championships in Grand Forks Reed had another outstanding weekend. Leading off the 200 medley Relay Backstroke leg with a 27.88 dropping .65 seconds from WDA and along with his relay team mates they placed 8th with the time of 1:44.34. In his 100 Backstroke event Reed Swam a 58.88 in Prelims dropping another full 2 seconds off his time, while placing 14th at the State Championships. Reed is currently ranked 12th on the Braves All-Time top 16 Time list of the 100 Backstroke. Wow not bad month at all.
Other athletes nominated for the month of March were: Senior Adilene Benitez , Girls Track and Field.