Mandan Athletic and Recreation Club

About MAR Club

Meetings are held the 2nd Monday of each month @ 5:30 – MHS Library

The MANDAN ATHLETIC & RECREATION CLUB is an active booster club designed to stimulate interest and support for athletic and recreational activities at Mandan High School. The club recognizes the efforts and accomplishments of the athletes. MAR Club raises funds through a variety of means. The main fund-raiser is the sale of MAR Club season passes for the year’s athletic events. Funds raised go back into the athletic programs to support our athletes. The Athletic Department of Mandan High School distributes the money to all sports for equipment, uniforms, facilities, improvements, and miscellaneous expenses.


MAR Club Events & Activities

Athlete of the Month Awards
Volunteer tournament workers
MAR Club Track Meet
Elite Brave Award

Braves apparel sales at athletic events
MVA Awards Night
Sports Kick-off
Male/Female Athlete of the Year Scholarship

The MAR Club greatly appreciates the support from each and every one of you!
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MAR Club Super Boosters

The MAR Club continues to have tremendous support from our Super Boosters and the Mandan area communities. Attached is a brochure detailing each of the new levels of sponsorship which will be implemented this year. Please contact any MAR Club Member listed below if you are interested in becoming a Super Booster.

Click here view the Sponsorship Brochure

Click here view the list of current Mandan Braves Super Boosters

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Board Members OFFICERS: If you have any questions, feel free to call any member listed below.
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Senior Athlete of the Year The MAR Club hosted the Annual Most Valuable Athlete Awards night on Monday, April 14th, 2015 at the Mandan Middle School. This event recognized all the Most Valuable Athletes from the 2014-2015 as well as other awards within their perspective sports. The event is concluded with the announcement of the Senior Male and Female Athlete of the Year awards.

The Female Senior Athlete of the Year was awarded to Madysen Zander and the Male Senior Athlete of the Year was awarded to Bryce Andresen. They will each receive a $500 scholarship which is sponsored by the MAR Club.

Bryce Andresen is a year round athlete who has competed in Cross Country, Basketball and Baseball throughout high school. Along with this, he is a top student in his graduating class. Not many athletes commit themselves to being in three high school sports throughout high school, let alone excel as Bryce has done. Each sport that Bryce has participated in is distinctly different, yet his work ethic has ensured him a starting spot on each of them. Bryce was a captain for the boy’s basketball team this year and exemplified his leadership abilities at every practice and game. Bryce has regularly been awarded “Mr. Hustle” awards throughout his athletic career along with the “Brave Award”. Bryce is truly an athlete that demonstrates what it means to be a team-player and he strives to make everyone around him a better athlete also.

Madysen Zander was nominated for her participation in volleyball, hockey and soccer. Madysen is a four year letter winner in volleyball, a two year letter winner in hockey and a three year letter winner in soccer. She truly gives everything that she has into any sport or activity that she participates in. She is a true team player and always looks out for what is best for the team, verses her own personal satisfaction and success. Madysen has a natural athleticism to her; however, this coupled by her hard work ethic and positive attitude makes her an amazing student athlete.

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Athlete of the Month December 2015 Athlete’s of the Month for MAR Club

Mariah Marsh (Senior) - Girls’ Girls Hockey:

The MAR Club Female Athlete of the Month for December is Mariah Marsh, Senior Girls Hockey. Mariah’s coach, Dewitt Mack, nominated her and noted her accomplishments:

“Mariah had a great month of December. She is leading the team in total points with 14 (tied for 13th in the state), including eight assists (7th in the state). She has also won about 75 percent of all face-offs she has taken. Her contributions on the ice have helped lead us to a 4-2 conference record and she contributed to a significant win for the Mandan Girls’ Hockey program when we beat the Grand Forks Girls’ All-Star team for the first time ever.

Mariah is also one of our leaders both on and off the ice. As a captain she is the leader on the ice, both during practice and during games. Off the ice, she is a team leader while preparing for practice and when traveling in coordinating the team with game preparation.

Mariah has started the year with enthusiasm and we expect a great rest of the year from her.”

Reed Bergman (Junior) - Boys’ Swimming & Diving:

There was a tie for MAR Club Male Athlete of the Month for December – Reed Bergman, Junior, Boys’ Swimming & Diving and Dale Spillman, Junior, Boys’ Wrestling.

Coach Ralph Manly nominated Reed and noted his accomplishments in December:

“Reed had an outstanding month of December for the team. The Braves had three competitions during the month. The first was the Bismarck/Legacy Double Dual. Reed had seven 1st-place finishes (100yd Butterfly against BHS and LHS, 100yd Backstroke against LHS, 200yd Medley Relay against BHS and LHS, 400yd Freestyle Relay against BHS and LHS) and one 2nd-place finish (100yd Backstroke against BHS). During the Bismarck Invite Reed swam to a 4th-place finish in the 200yd Individual Medley and 1st place in the 100yd Backstroke. In Relays, he participated in a 4th-place finish in the 200yd Medley Relay and 4th place in the 400yd Freestyle Relay. Great swimming for a nine-team invite! The Mandan Pentathlon was December 31. Each swimmer swims five events. Reed placed 7th in the 100 Butterfly, 2nd in the 100 Backstroke, 12th in the 100 Breaststroke, 3rd in the 100 Freestyle and 3rd in the 50 Freestyle. Reed is truly an all-around swimmer! Overall, Reed had eight 1st-place finishes in the month. To date, Reed is State Qualified in six of eight swimming events, with our main season coming in to view quickly.”

Dale Spillman (Junior) - Boys’ Wrestling:

Coach Luke Mellmer nominated Dale and noted his wrestling accomplishments:

“Dale so far this season is currently ranked #2 in the state at 182 pounds. His record thus far is 15-0 with 10 pins, 1 Major Decision, and 3 Decisions. Dale has been a real motivator this season. Whether it is in the classroom as an honor-roll student, in the wrestling room as a team captain, or at the competition as the only undefeated wrestler, Dale is a leader. With the Bismarck Rotary as our next tournament, Dale will be put to the test as he will have the opportunity to capture the #1 ranking in the state!”

Other athletes nominated for December were: Trae Steckler, Sophomore, Boys’ Basketball; Garrett Murphy, Senior, Boys’ Hockey; Hannah Hanson, Senior, Girls’ Basketball; Mackensi Higlin, Junior, Girls’ Basketball; Olivia Lacher, Freshman, Gymnastics; Amber Morrell, Senior, Kachinas Dance Team; and Samantha Power, Junior, Kachinas Dance Team.

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MVA Awards Night
MAR Club Most Valuable Athlete Awards Night

The MAR Club will host our annual Most Valuable Athlete Awards night on Monday, April 20th, 2015 at the Mandan Middle School. This event will recognize the Most Valuable Athletes from the 2014-2015 athletic season, athletes who were chosen as all-conference or all-state for their respected sports, Elite Brave Award recipients, the Athletes of the Month for this 2014-2015 season as well as those who achieved WDA All Academic Honors (3.6 or higher GPA) while participating in their sport. The Senior Male and Female Athlete of the Year will also be announced at the Awards Night.

Click here to get a full listing of the current Most Valuable Athletes

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MAR Club Meetings

Meetings are held the 2nd Monday of each month @ 5:30 – MHS Library

Meetings are held the second Monday of each month at the MHS Library at 5:30 pm.
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MHS Athletic Donations MAR Club Supports MHS athletics
One of the fantastic things about being part of MAR Club is seeing our efforts pay off….which has happened again. Each year the MAR Club makes a monetary donation to the Mandan High School athletic department to supplement their budget to help student athletes. The efforts of the MAR Club results in an average donation of $30,000 to MHS activities. The following is a list of supplies/equipment/uniforms that the Athletic Department purchased in-part with the donation from the MAR Club for the 2010-11 school year. This donation was made possible with the generous support of the super boosters, patrons that purchased clothing, and the revenue generated through volunteer workers for NDHSAA tournaments hosted by the Mandan High School Athletic Department.

MAR Club Purchases

Every year the MAR Club helps purchase several needed items for Mandan activities that benefit both students and the fans.
View 2014-2015 purchases
View 2013-2014 purchases
View 2012-2013 purchases
View 2011-2012 purchases
View 2010-2011 purchases
View 2009-2010 purchases

The Mandan Athletic Department would like to thank the MAR CLUB for their annual donation on behalf of students and coaches. The annual donation makes it possible for the Mandan Athletic Department to make general purchases throughout the course of the year, with the help of the head coaches of each athletic program. This is the first year that the MAR Club has been able to donate $35,000 and in the past 7 years, the MAR CLUB has donated $187,000 to the Athletic Department. Please see in the picture above, MAR CLUB board member, Karla Zander presenting a check to Mandan Athletic Director, Lorell Jungling between the girls and boys Varsity basketball games against St. Mary’s.