Mandan News

August athlete of the month

(l-r) Kyler Vogel and Sydney Sneed


Here are this month’s Mandan Athletic and Recreation Club athletes of the month for August:


Kyler Vogel – Boys Tennis

Age: 17

Grade: Senior

Parents: Reid and Tina Vogel

In doubles action, Kyler Vogel, alongside his doubles partner, Erik Porter, went 6-0, which included taking first place at No. 1 doubles at the Minot Round Robin, a tournament that every West Region team attends, in addition to wins over state qualifying doubles teams and the doubles team that took sixth at state last year.

Vogel then went 2-0 at a home match to go 8-0 overall in August. One singles win included a 6-0, 6-0 win in a match against a Dickinson player, and the other victory was in doubles with Jackson Wenstrom, who defeated a formidable foe at No. 1 doubles in straight sets.

Boys Tennis Head Coach Paul Christen said of Vogel, ╥Kyler has grown a tremendous amount since he first joined the team years ago. He has become a great leader for the younger players and one of the smartest players Mandan has produced.╙

In addition to tennis, Vogel also competes in baseball in the spring and plays with the Mandan Chiefs in the summer. When Vogel graduates, he has plans on pursuing a degree in the medical field.


Sydney Sneed – Girls Volleyball

Age: 17

Grade: Senior

Parents: Kerry and Stephanie Sneed

During the month of August, Sydney Sneed helped to lead the offensive charge of the Braves girls volleyball team╒s offense. Sneed led the team in assists with 143, was among the top in digs at 45, and as one of the team╒s ace leaders with five.

“Her always positive attitude has helped the team stay mentally strong through a challenging first couple weeks of the season,” Girls Volleyball Head Coach Anna Neubauer said of Sneed. “Sydney’s work ethic during practice and matches makes her irreplaceable on the court and a valuable asset to Mandan’s team success this volleyball season.”

Sneed is also active in Trust-N-Teens, National Honor Society and the MHS Art Club.

Upon graduation in 2013, Sneed has plans to attend a four-year college in either Fargo or Grand Forks, and possibly focus on a major in business, marketing and management. She says she would also like to become more involved in local and state government.