Emily Bendish (Senior) - Girls’ Basketball:
Emily Bendish has shown great leadership on the Mandan Girls’ Basketball team throughout the month of January. Her work-ethic speaks volumes. She always has a great, competitive attitude and expects nothing less than everyone’s best effort every time they step on the floor. She is constantly leading by example. Emily may not always be “flashy” one on the floor, but she’s the one working behind the scenes to get the job done. She never seeks recognition for herself. She just does what she needs to do to make the team better. Emily is a great role-model for her teammates. She is incredibly responsible and takes everyone on the team under her wing. She organizes all team events and makes sure they all run smoothly. All of her teammates greatly look up to Emily and respect her immensely. Statistically, Emily has had a very solid month of January. She averaged 5.3 points per game. She also had a very strong, physical presence on the floor. She fought to take care of the ball and made sure we ended up with it in our hands. She averaged less than 1.5 turnovers per game along with pulling down 5.7 rebounds and blocking nearly 1 shot per game. Emily’s leadership is fairly quiet, but extremely present. She leads by her actions, and she is a great representation of what true competitiveness should look like.
Keaton Sedivec (Senior) - Boys' Swim & Dive:
Keaton Sedivec had a GREAT month of January!! The Braves swimmers and divers had eight competitions during the month and Keaton won seven of the eight in his specialty of Diving. (1st place, Mandan Pentathlon 11 dive 368.75 pts; 1st place, Fargo South Dual 6-dive 228.70 pts; 1st place, Manley Invite 11-dive 321.05 pts; 1st place, Minot Dual 6- dive 240.30 pts; 1st place, Williston Dual 6-dive 238.45 pts; 1st place, Minot Invite 11 dive 395.85; 1st place Williston Invite 11 Dives 357.35. Keaton’s score of 395.85 pts. at the Minot Invite made him a North Dakota 1st Team All-State and qualified him for NISCA All-American status. He is a Team Captain this season and is truly leading the eight members of our diving squad to new levels. He is a hard worker and keeps all team members reaching for their goals. Now you may ask why he did not win the Dual with Bismarck on the 27th of January – Good Question – Bismarck had NO divers so Coach Claudia Schoellkopf let our other divers shine at that meet!! While Keaton dove JV! He cheered them on to their best score of the season so far. What a great month of January for Keaton and the Braves!! What a great young man!!