KayCee Schulz (Sophomore) - Girls Golf:
October Female Athlete of the Month for MAR Club is KayCee Schulz, sophomore, girls’ golf. Kaycee was nominated by Coach Dean Johs, and here are her accomplishments:
KayCee finished off a great girls golf season in October with a pile of awards. She finished with the season having earned all the end of the year awards possible: ALL WDA TEAM, ALL WEST REGION TOURNAMENT TEAM, ALL STATE TOURNAMENT TEAM and ALL STATE TEAM. These are marks unequalled by any Mandan Girls’ Golfer for at least 12 years. She has been a leader on the course with her performance and a leader on the practice field always putting in the extra hours to fine tune her game. We have a very young team, mostly middle schoolers, and they all look up to her as their leader. She takes this role very seriously and with great maturity for only being a sophomore herself. She has been setting the bar high for her younger teammates and then encouraging them to rise to that bar. She is humble about her accomplishments and continues to set higher and higher goals and then plans practical things she is going to do to try to reach them. Since the season has ended, she has already been the leader of getting her teammates and herself into the weight room to prepare for next season. It has been an honor watching her rise to the level she is at and a joy just thinking of where she will continue to lead our team in the future. These accomplishments make KayCee a great candidate for Athlete of the Month.
Jarad Zittleman (Junior) – Boys Football:
Jarad Zittleman is the October MAR Club male Athlete of the Month. Jarad is a junior football player, and was nominated by Coach Todd Sheldon. Jarad’s accomplishments are:
Jarad ended the season with the most tackles on the team with 51 total tackles, 26 solo and 25 unassisted. Jarad also forced a fumble and intercepted a pass. His contributions were not limited to the defensive side of the ball as he also returned punts and played in the slot receiver spot. He came up with clutch catches in the Williston, Jamestown and BHS games that allowed the Braves to keep drives alive.
The leadership that Jarad showed over the course of the season was evident in the player interviews at the end of the season. His team mates mentioned him on a regular basis as a player they look up to because of his work ethic and hard-nosed style of play.
Other athletes nominated in October were: Connor Wieland, sophomore, Boys Tennis; Ryan Larson, Junior, Boys Soccer; Chantell Mindt, Junior, Girls Swimming and Diving; Alison Froelich, Junior, Volleyball; & Kaycee Fry, sophomore, Girls Cross Country.