Mackensi Higlin (Sophomore) - Girls’ Basketball:
Mackensi was nominated by her coach Abby Thomas; here is what Abby had to say about Mackensi:
Mackensi Higlin had a great month of February for Girls’ Basketball. She led the team in both points and steals per game over the 6 games that were played during the month, averaging 11.7 points per game and 2.8 steals per game. Mackensi really stepped up on the floor and made her presence known. She was a large reason for the success we saw as a team throughout the month of February. We faced some great competition in the month of February and we were challenged as a team to step up. Mackensi rose to the occasion in each of those games and helped push our team to victory, or helped us stay within contention in the games in which we did not come out on top. When Mackensi is playing well for us, our team has a different feel to it. We feed off of Mackensi’s ability to create a spark on the offensive end of the floor. She is a player that can take the game into her own hands and wants the ball when the game is on the line. She has great determination and is becoming a much better all-around player with each game that is played. She is really beginning to learn what her role is on this team and how she can help us out on both ends of the floor. Along with her 11.7 points and 2.8 steals per game, Mackensi also averaged 4.7 rebounds per game and found her teammates well, averaging 2.5 assists per game. Mackensi has really become a complete player and a crucial member of the Mandan Girls’ Basketball team.
Maiah McCowan (Sophomore) - Girls’ Hockey:
Maiah was nominated by her coach Dewitt Mack and here is what he had to say about Maiah:
As a sophomore, Maiah has made a name for herself in girl’s hockey. She is the kind of player that everyone wants on their team but hope you don’t have to face her on the opponent’s team. Maiah is like that pesky mosquito, she is constantly buzzing around waiting for you to let down your guard so she can strike. Maiah is continually hustling, always racing her opponent to every loose puck. She was one of our best penalty killers because of her hustle and determination to get to the puck first.Maiah’s also have very high regards for her teammates. One day she had a doctor’s appointment that made getting to practice difficult. When it was suggested that she miss practice her response was, “I will be there. I can’t let down my teammates.” Maiah’s effort makes everyone around her work harder.Maiah ends the season as our third leading scorer with 20 points (9 goals and 11 assists).
Ryan Zachmeier (Senior) - Wrestling:
Male Athlete of the month is Ryan Zachmeier, Senior Wrestler. Ryan was nominated by his coaches Ben Beckler and Luke Mellmer, here is what they had to say about Ryan:
Ryan ended his high school wrestling career this February with a bang!! After losing a hard fought match in the finals of the WDA tournament, Ryan avenged that loss by defeating the #1 seeded Bismarck High wrestler by an 8-2 dominating performance in the State Finals! Upon reaching state champion status, Ryan also raised the previous school Technical Falls record from 13 up to 19 (46 season wins)! Ryan also claimed the Total Match Points in a Season with 508 and tied the Total Wins in a Season record with 46! Not only has Ryan claimed three school records this year, Ryan was also Academic All-State boasting over a 3.5 GPA! Ryan was a senior captain and a prominent leader on the team. Ryan leads mainly by example by watching film with coaches before practice, and by doing the extra work after practice. Wrestling is mainly an individual sport, but Ryan goes above and beyond himself and is seen giving advice and working with the younger classmen and teammates to help our team grow and be successful