Approximately 200 contestants, from across the state, descended onto the city for the eighth annual high school rodeo in Mandan.
Marking the start of the season, contestants competed in events including bull riding, bareback riding, breakaway roping, tie-down roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, goat tying, team roping and pole bending.
Starting off of Saturday, with high winds and a bit of rain, contestants, already challenged, had a little extra to overcome. Displaying dedication, the high school athletes were determined to begin their season on the right foot.
With the first rodeo of their season over, contestants will move on to compete in Watford City on Sept. 12, and then Velva on Sept. 13.
The Mandan Horse and Saddle Club hosts and organized the rodeo. For more information, visit www.mandanhorseandsaddle.com or www.ndhsra.org.]]>
Chad Heck, of Mandan, aced no. three, par three, 110 yard hole with a seven iron. The rules of the tournament limited which clubs you could use on certain holes.
Also in his group were Nadine Heck, Jim and Tana Lobeck, Scott and Miranda Wilkens, and Travis and Heid Hausauer.]]>
Mandan News, editor
Moving into its 14th year, Suchyfest has become one of the events that highlights the summer. Attracting hundreds of individuals to the Bohemian Hall, south of Mandan, the annual event began quite humbling.
“We did a trial one and then we did another,” Chuck Suchy told the Bismarck Tribune in 2010. “It just kind of grew and grew, people enjoy coming out.”
Part of the allure, besides the Suchy’s, a talented family of musicians, is the historical and open setting.
Resting below the summer sky, the Bohemian Hall sits among the fields.
Constructed in 1904, and dedicated in 1907, the hall has grown to embody the community and culture of the area.
Having hosted thousands of events over the years, including political, civic and social gatherings. For many though, the location has become known for musical performances and a lot of dancing.
Music has been part of the Bohemian Hall from its earliest years. With the coal mining area around Flasher and Little Heart/St. Anthony attracting many Bohemian immigrants in the early twentieth century, the hall became a way to keep their culture thriving.
It was partly because of this history that the site was chosen for what would become Suchyfest.
“Part of the reason we just like to do it there is that it is an unique historical setting,” Suchy told the Tribune in 2009. “It embraces the spirit of community.”
Setting of Summer
Just a month before the first day of autumn, and as children get ready to go back to school, Suchyfest serves as one of the events that helps bring to a close the summer.
Slated to start at 7:30 p.m., on Aug. 22, watching the sun set on the historic location, and the moon become visible, will be one of the features that helps build the general mood of the evening. For many, this has become just one more aspect of the annual event.
People are asked to bring lawn chairs and carpool. Music will feature original music of Chuck Suchy, Linda Suchy, Andra Suchy and Ben Suchy.
The concert will cost $10 at the gate. For more information, call 701-426-4668.]]>
The month of July saw the Mandan Chiefs hitting their strides. Giving up an early game to Bismarck on the Fourth, the rest of the month saw the Chiefs on a steady roll.
Mandan would end up riding that high all the way to the state tournament, where they entered as the No. 6 seed. With a state championship already under their belts, while playing as the Braves, the team had high hopes, while not becoming overly confident.
Going into the tournament, the success the Chiefs had seen in July was mimicked. Clinching wins against Grand Forks, Jamestown, Bismarck and West Fargo, their lone loss would come against Fargo Post 2.
As Mandan was building up momentum going into the championship game, Fargo Post 2 was having the same level of success. Taking the open position, Fargo would give Mandan a second chance at beating them.
Needing two wins against Post 2 to be crowned state champions, Mandan went into the championship game knowing they had an up hill battle.
Adding to the excitement of the championship, Fargo would face it’s first left-handed pitcher during the tournament.
As the championship game opened, Fargo took an early lead. Feeling that Parker Harm would increasingly get stronger as a pitcher as the game progressed, Fargo head coach, Luke Rustad, had said that a quick start would be key.
Scoring five runs in the first two innings, Fargo would find the lead they needed. While Harm would only allow four more hits over the next six frames, Mandan wouldn’t be able to capitalize.
The Chiefs would find opportunities to get back on the scoreboard, which they took in the fourth inning with two runs, but they would be stopped there.
Fargo would take the game, 5-2, and the state championship.]]>
The Mandan Marlins Swim Team finished the 2015 Summer season with the North Dakota State Championships held in Bismarck July 24-26.
The Marlins took home 17 medals, including five State Champions.
Mayson Sheldon is State Champion in the 50 and 200 Breaststroke. Mayson is also the new State Record holder in the 200 Breaststroke.
Reed Bergman is the State Champion in the 50 Fly and 50 Backstroke. Reed is also the new State Record holder in the 50 Backstroke.
TJ Reinhardt is the State Champion in the 100 Fly.
Luke Peterson is the State Champion in the 50 Breaststroke.
The Men’s 200 Medley Relay Team composed of Reed Bergman, Luke Peterson, TJ Reinhardt, and Trajon Vigen are State Champions.
Mayson Sheldon and TJ Reinhardt will represent Team North Dakota at the 2015 National Central Zones Swim Meet being held in Minneapolis on Aug. 7-9.
The Marlins are coached by Emily Poppe, Andrea Hetzel, Carlie Borchers and Matt Poppe.
Marlins State Meet results:
Women’s 8 and Under:
50 Freestyle: 20th Chloe Wolff 54.55, 50 Backstroke: 24th Wolff 1:05.85
50 Freestyle: 19th Eva Krebsbach 42.31, 50 Backstroke: 13th Krebsbach 51.27
100 Breaststroke: 2nd Mayson Sheldon 1:24.03, 100 Freestyle: 6th Sheldon 1:13.23, 50 Freestyle: 6th Sheldon 32.39, 50 Breaststroke: 1st Sheldon 37.70, 50 Backstroke: 9th Sheldon 40.55, 200 Breaststroke: 1st Sheldon 3:03.16
50 Fly: 19th Yesse Vigen 47.48
200 Freestyle: 12th MyKenzie Clausen 2:46.09, 50 Fly: 8th Clausen 35.15, 50 Freestyle: 13th Clausen 31.12, 200IM: 11th Clausen 3:05.78, 100 Freestyle: 13th Clausen 1:10.66, 18th Grace Kuntz 1:16.99, 50 Backstroke: 9th Kuntz 39.55, 10th Clausen 39.64, 200 Backstroke: 7th Kuntz 3:10.90
Mens 8 & Under:
50 Freestyle: 15th Kort Krebsbach 55.89, 50 Backstroke: 15th Krebsbach 1:14.04
100 Breaststroke: 3rd Ben Schaff 1:58.60, 50 Freestyle: 12th Schaff 42.82, 50 Breaststroke: 4th Schaff 55.21, 200IM: 8th Schaff 3:51.49, 100 Backstroke: 6th Schaff 1:48.27, 50 Backstroke: 7th Schaff 50.36
100 Breaststroke: 4th Kyle Vogel 1:43.83, 100 Freestyle: 8th Ryan Bergman 1:16.67, 50 Freestyle: 8th Bergman 34.67, 11th Riley Poppe 37.74, 50 Breaststroke: 4th Bergman 47.16, 6th Vogel 48.16, 200IM: 4th Vogel 3:08.37, 100 Backstroke: 6th Bergman 1:28.93, 50 Backstroke: 7th Bergman 40.97, 100 Fly: 2nd Vogel 1:32.02, 200 Breaststroke: 2nd Vogel 3:41.01, 400 Freestyle: 5th Vogel 5:48.64
200 Freestyle Relay: 4th Vogel, Schaff, Poppe, Bergman 2:29.74
200 Medley Relay: 5th Bergman, Schaff, Vogel, Poppe 2:57.16
100 Breaststroke: 2nd TJ Reinhardt 1:19.41, 100 Fly: 1st Reinhardt 1:08.62, 50 Freestyle: 5th Reinhardt 27.93, 50 Breaststroke: 2nd Reinhardt 35.86, 200IM: 4th Reinhardt 2:35.48, 100 Freestyle: 5th Reinhardt 1:02.29
100 Breaststroke: 5th Luke Peterson 1:18.88, 200 Freestyle: 7th Peterson 2:19.85, 50 Fly: 1st Reed Bergman 28.50, 11th Trajon Vigen 32.45, 17th Tyler Cornell 41.60, 800 Freestyle: 5th Vigen 10:34.14, 50 Freestyle: 7th Bergman 27.87, 16th Vigen 30.18, 50 Breaststroke: 1st Peterson 34.69, 8th Vigen 40.87, 200IM: 4th Peterson 2:32.65, 100 Backstroke: 2nd Bergman 1:05.52, 400IM: 3rd Peterson 5:36.59, 100 Freestyle: 4th Bergman 1:00.85, 7th Peterson 1:01.29, 18th Vigen 1:05.72, 50 Backstroke: 1st Bergman 30.19, 200 Backstroke: 2nd Bergman 2:29.67
200 Freestyle Relay: 2nd Peterson, Vigen, Reinhardt, Bergman 1:51.20, 400 Freestyle: 7th Vigen 5:05.12
200 Medley Relay: 1st Bergman, Peterson, Reinhardt, Vigen 2:02.56
800 Meter Relay: 11th – Bergman, Vigen, Cornell, Peterson 10:04.68
While the Mandan Chief’s season started off a bit rocky, things have been looking up for the team, as they continue to see back to back wins.
That was no different on Wednesday, July 15, when the Chief’s swept the Miles City Outlaws.
Their first game of the night started out quickly. While the Outlaws were able to put the first two points on the board, the Chiefs followed up with five of their own, giving them a lead that would stick.
With a three point lead, the Chiefs would shut down the Outlaws in the second inning, allowing themselves to double their lead with three more runs.
By the third inning, the first game was nearly done, with the Outlaws only able to put a single extra point on the board. They would be shut out for the remaining innings, allowing the Chiefs to secure the victory, 11-3.
While the first game quickly heated up, the second took awhile to get going.
The Outlaws were able to take a lead in the third inning, with two runs, but could not capitalize.
It wasn’t until the fifth inning that the Chiefs made their move though. Beginning with Austin Barchenger striking out, Jarad Zittleman would change that direction by hitting a triple.
With the momentum building, and the Outlaws breaking down, the Chiefs were able to rack up five runs.
Capitalizing on their success in the previous inning, the Chiefs sought to distance themselves. With strategic batting, including two bunts and a sacrifice fly, the Mandan placed seven additional points on the board, securing a second win of the night, 12-3.
Keeping the momentum
Mandan would find itself on the losing end to Fargo Post no. 2, on July 16, with the night ending in two losses for the Chiefs. However, the team has carried on.
They would go on to beat the Dickinson Roughriders, 7-5 on July 17. The game would be followed by another loss to Rapid City post 320 on July 19. But the real success came against Minot, as the Chiefs would go on to sweep the Vistas on Monday night.
Sailing smoothly along during the first game, the Chiefs had a near upset as the Vistas came to life in the seventh inning. Closing the gap, the Vistas would score three runs in the 27 pitch inning, letting Mandan squeak by with the win, 9-7.
The real show followed in the second game of the night. Showing the confidence that the team had building throughout the season, the Chiefs would demonstrate that they are getting ready for tournament time.
Creating distance in the first inning, Santana Butler would hit the first of his two home runs of the game. Driving Jared Walters home, the homerun would close out a four-run lead.
In the third inning, Butler would be back up to the plate, but was beamed. Returning in the fourth, he would get his chance to knock it out of the park one more time.
Before Butler could get up to bat though, Alex Weiand would help further the Chiefs’ lead with his own homerun, adding three points to the board.
Butler, following Weiand’s lead, would hit the second homerun of the inning, and his sixth of the season.
Mandan would go on to shut down the Vista’s ending the game in the fifth inning, 14-4.]]>
Beginning modestly, the Dakota Classic Modified Tour celebrated its 26th year. Starting at just three tracks, Minot, Jamestown and Mandan, the tour has expanded to additional tracks, and around 100 modifieds.
Opening in Minot, the tour wound its way to Mandan on Thursday, July 9. With 98 modifieds, and 37 stock cars, the night was filled with heat after heat.
Getting the track back in order after the Mandan Rodeo, racers lined up with the hopes of clinching one of the top spots.
With some of the best drivers in the country competing in the tour, five different winners came away with wins during the five nights.
In Mandan, Jason Grimes, of Jamestown, found himself coming away with the honor. Besides winning the feature event, Grimes had a perfect night, also coming out on top of his heat race, as well as drawing the pole position for the feature.
Having missed the Estevan, Saskatchewan, show, not being able to clear customs, Grimes was no longer a contender for the tour championship, but was still determined to do the best that he could.
Unbeknownst to Grimes, he would also be the final winner during the tour. While the final race had been planned for Grimes home track in Jamestown, two thunderstorms that passed through the area made it impossible to continue.
Even with the final night being rained out, John Gartner, tour director, said that the 26th tour was the best yet.
Mandan’s doubleheader against Grand Forks on Friday, July 10, started off a bit slow. After hitting a bit of a rocky patch though, the Chiefs would find the strength to turn the game around, and propel themselves to a two-win night.
Maintaining a fairly close game throughout the first four innings, the Chiefs had a one point lead over the Royals as they entered into the fifth inning. That lead would shortly crumble, as the Royals racked up six points.
The Chiefs’ struggles began at the opening of the fifth inning. Chiefs’ pitcher Jared Walters faced off against the Royals’ Eric Leach. Hitting a double, Leach advanced to second, but wouldn’t remain there for long.
Following Leach, Ben Carolin would hit the second double of the inning, allowing for Leach to score. While Walters was able to strike out a couple of batters, the Royals’ would find themselves with the bases loaded and Carolin scoring.
Coming up to bat, Royals’ Jace Braathen connected with the ball and sending it screaming to the fence. Hitting a homerun, Braathen significantly turned the tide of the game, giving the Royals a five point lead.
With the Royals’ gaining the upper hand, and capitalizing on that momentum with runs by Cole Kirchoffner and Eric Leach, the Chiefs found themselves having to switch things up.
Substituting Jarad Zittleman for Walters as pitcher, the Chiefs were able to curb the Royals’ gain.
However, the Chiefs were unable to make up any of the loss ground in the bottom of the fifth, as the Royals’ made quick work of the team. Heading into sixth, the Chiefs’ outlook was quite dim.
Yet, the tides began turning once again, as Chiefs’ Parker Harm would pick up three consecutive outs from flys out to center field.
Heading into the bottom of the sixth, the Chiefs began to get back into the game. Zittleman, first up to bat for Mandan, would hit a single, while Harm and Walters would be walked.
With bases loaded, Trever Leingang was hit by the pitch, forcing Zittleman in for the point.
Capitalizing, Alex Weiand would hit a single, giving Harm the second point of the inning. Walters would follow by scoring on an error by first baseman Brock Reller.
Just down by two, Santana Butler hit the game changing homerun, launching the Chiefs into the lead. Clearing the screen monster in left field, at the 315-foot mark, the winning ball, bounced from the top of the frame, and onto south Third St.
While Mandan wasn’t able to further their lead, it was enough to bring home the win, as the Royals were shut down in the seventh inning, allowing Mandan to win by one point, 11-10.
But as the Chiefs’ found themselves on the winning end of the game, they would also lose their coach, Ryne Jungling, and catcher, Trever Leingang, who were ejected at the top of the seventh, for disputing a hit by pitch call.
The second game saw Mandan getting off to a quick start, racking up three runs in both the first and second innings.
Gaining a 7-2 lead by the sixth inning, the Royals would come back with three runs, but it wouldn’t be enough to change the outcome.
Shutting out the Royals’ in the top of the seventh inning, the Chief’s finished with a three run lead, 8-5.
Records: Mandan 8-7 statewide, 18-15 overall; Grand Forks 7-3 statewide, 20-7 overall;