Mandan News

May athletes of the month

(l-r) Rachel Ford and Brady Zittleman

(l-r) Rachel Ford and Brady Zittleman

Here are the Mandan Athletic and Recreation Club athletes of the month for May:


Rachel Ford – Girls Soccer

Grade: Junior

Parents: Todd and Trissa Ford


This season marked Rachel Ford’s third season as the starting goalkeeper for the Braves. She posted a five-game shutout streak and blanked every team (did not allow them to score) in Mandan’s conference, including the state champion Century Patriots. Ford made 60 saves in the regular season and had a 0.22 goals allowed percentage. She was named to the second team All-Region team and was the only goalkeeper in the West Region to receive any nomination or award this season.

Braves Girls Soccer Head Coach Jennifer Kessler said of Ford, “Her work ethic and dedication is much appreciated. She shows up to work hard every practice. She never complains, she never slacks off, and she is very determined to work hard for her teammates in the net. Her commitment to the team and dedication to be the best keeper she can be got her a captain nomination for the 2013-14 season and we will be looking to her for leadership from the defensive line.”

In addition to soccer, Ford competes in swimming for the Braves. She is also involved in concert choir and the art club.

When she graduates, Ford has plans to major in biology and possibly become an optometrist.


Brady Zittleman – Boys Baseball

Grade: Senior

Parents: Rich and Susanne Zittleman


Brady Zittleman played a crucial role defensively for the Braves, serving as the team’s second baseman. In addition, he also pitched three games, caught several games and played third base in May.

On the offensive end, Zittleman’s batting average for May was .250, while leading the team with nine runs scored and five stolen bases in five attempts.

Zittleman’s impact in baseball this spring was evident to his teammates and coaches, but was also noticed by the West Region coaches, as he was selected by the West Region coaches to the West Region All-Tournament team for his play during the West Region tournament. He was also chosen by the coaches to the West Region All-Conference team and the North Dakota All-State team for his outstanding play during the regular season.

Zittleman also participated in football and hockey for the Braves. He was active in FCA, Student Council, National Honor Society and Trust in Teens. He also serves as a volunteer hockey coach.

In the fall, Zittleman will be attending University of Mary, taking premed classes and playing football. He plans on continuing on with a major in a medical field.