Shaylynn Mack (Senior) - Girls Hockey:
February Female Athlete of the month for the MAR Club is Senior Shaylynn Mack for girls Hockey. Coach Dewitt Mack nominated Shaylynn and here are her accomplishments:
Shaylynn’s February consisted of a roller coaster of emotional highs and lows. From the extreme of losing the last two home games of her high school career to beating Fargo South the last game of the regular season, a team that Mandan Girls hockey had never beaten. From the emotional low of losing the first game at the State Hockey tournament to the emotional high of her scoring the winning goal in overtime, a first win in the State Hockey Tournament by either a boys or girls team from Mandan, to the realization the next day that she would never skate for Mandan High School again. February was filled with lots of emotional ups and downs.
As a team, we struggled in February with a record of 2 wins and 6 losses. During that time Shaylynn kept a positive attitude, encouraged her teammates and helped me keep everything in perspective. Even though our team play was discouraging at times, her positive attitude kept the girls spirits up and they approached next game with more determination and passion than the previous game. That was very evident in the overtime win against Williston in the State Tournament. Even though the girls were physically and emotionally drained, they kept encouraging one another, with Shaylynn leading the praise and cheering.
Shaylynn was recognized in February for her consistent defensive play by the West Region coaches, as she was selected to the All-Conference team. The coaches from across the state also acknowledged her defensive play when they selected her to the All-State team as well.
Shaylynn’s play during February was the best of her high school career. She will be missed as a defenseman and leader next year.
Curt Zachmeier (Senior) – Boys Wrestling:
MAR Club Male athlete of the month for February is Senior Wrestler Curt Zachmeier. Head Coach Ben Beckler nominated Curt on these accompishments:
Curt could not have closed out his season for the Braves any better. Accomplishing his season long goal of staying undefeated finishing with a 39-0 record. In February he won the WDA Tournament in Dickinson and the State Wrestling Tournament Bismarck at 138 pounds. Curt finished his career as one the most successful wrestlers to compete for the Braves. He is 2 X State Champion, 4 X WDA Region Champion, and 4 X State Placer. Curt also finishes 3rd on the All Time Win List with 172 wins in his career. The last accomplishment for Curt in the month of February was being selected as a USA Wrestling Magazine Senior All-American. Curt has been a constant leader in our room over the last few years and will be missed in the wrestling room next season. He was always putting everything he had into practice and was an example of the competitor we all want to coach during competitions.
Other athletes nominated for the month of February are: McKayla Howling Wolf, Senior Girls Basketball, Senior Eric Mayer, Boys Swim and Dive, Freshman Boys Hockey player Sawyer Schmidt, and Jacob Hanson, Senior Boys Basketball.