Mandan News

Braves December athletes of the month

(l-r) Nathan Berger and Chelsey Norton


Here are the Mandan Athletic and recreation Club athletes of the month for December:


Nathan Berger – Swimming and Diving

Grade: Senior

Parents: Fred and Arlene Berger


Nathan Berger competed in four meets during December. At the Minot Dual, he placed first in the diving event with a score of 248.65 points in six dives. He also swam in the 200 medley relay, where his team placed fourth. Berger also placed first in two more meets, the Jamestown Dual and the Mandan Pentathlon. At Jamestown he scored 225.45 points in diving and also raced in the 200 medley relay, where the Braves team took first. And during the Mandan meet, Berger scored 416 points in 11 dives, where he not only won the event but also qualified for state competition, the North Dakota first team all-state and All-American status.

“Being a diver plus helping the swimmers out when needed speaks a lot about this young man and why he was voted in as captain for this season,” said Boys Swimming and Diving Head Coach Ralph Manley.

In addition to swimming and diving, Berger competes in tennis and track at MHS. He is a member of the National Honor Society, and plans to attend college but is undecided where he will attend.


Chelsey Norton – Girls Hockey

Grade: Freshman

Parents: Nichole and Steve Norton


The Braves’ goalie for the girls hockey team, Chelsey Norton recorded three wins during the month of December. During this time she had an 86 percent save rate. Most particularly, in a game against Grand Forks, Norton recorded a record-setting total of 70 saves. In the Bismarck game her kneecap popped out of place during warmups, and she insisted on finishing the game, playing through the pain.

Braves Girls Hockey Head Coach Dewitt Mack said of Norton, “She is the calming influence on the team. Nothing fazes her as she makes saves from point blank range. Her composure and relaxed demeanor brings an emotional calmness to the team as she stands in front of the net waiting for another barrage of pucks flying at her.”

In addition to competing in hockey, Norton also student manages boys soccer. Norton would like to play on a division one college hockey team when she graduates, and is considering studying to become a veterinarian.