January athletes of the month
Here are the Mandan Athletic and Recreation Club athletes of the month for January:
Kati Kruckenberg – Gymnastics
Parents: Tim and Sue Kruckenberg
Kati Kruckenberg was an instrumental leader in the reinstatement of the MHS Gymnastics program, and was voted the team’s captain this season by her teammates in a landslide election. Her duties to the team include taking attendance at practice, doing head counts on trips and sharing urgent information with her teammates, “and she does these things and more without attitude or complaining,” said Braves Girls Gymnastics Head Coach Amanda Lantz.
Kruckenberg competes in all four events and consistently scores above 32.00 All Around, with a 34.025 at the team’s second place finish in Minot.
Lantz said, “Her enthusiasm for the sport and a level-headed, positive disposition through small victories, like the second place team at Minot on Jan. 4, and big losses such as the seventh place team at Bismarck Jan. 18, keeps her teammates driving forward.”
Lantz continued, “Kati has shown her teammates and coaches that gymnastics was worth bringing back to Mandan, and we are all thankful that she got the ball rolling.”
Upon graduation in the spring, Kruckenberg plans to attend hair school.
Konnor Peterson – Wrestling
Konnor Peterson finished the month of January with a 10-match win steak, and his last loss came on Jan. 5. Two of the wins were over other top six ranked opponents, which ranked Peterson fourth in the state at 170-pound weight class.
In his 13 wins in January, Peterson recorded three pins, one technical fall and three major decision victories, all which led to bonus points for his overall teams scores during those competitions.
“As a senior leader, Konnor’s work ethic will be greatly missed next year, he puts a lot of focus and intensity into each practice,” said Braves Wrestling Head Coach Ben Beckler. “As a competitor, he puts all he has into each match, and represents what we want as a coaching staff from all of our Mandan Brave Wrestlers when they step on the mat to compete for our school.”