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Mandan Football Putting 2013 Behind Them

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 With a record of 1 and 8--it was without a doubt a tough season for the Mandan Braves football team last year--finishing 7th in the West division of Class 3A.
Thankfully--that season has been put behind them.
Ashley St. Louis tells us how the team has been working hard to create a fresh start.

The Mandan Braves football team has laid the past to rest---putting the petal to the metal in the off season.

Head Coach Todd Sheldon is in his third year as the skipper--and is doing what he can to change the program--hoping to start seeing a few more W's on that record.

"We set ourselves up initially as having a one year goal, a three year goal, and a five year goal, and we're about on track as far as the three year goal. And most of those things are in regard to number of kids involved, weight room participation, and making strides in terms of building a program brand. We will want to make those things translate into things on the field, this is the year that we need to make those things happen."

Sheldon also sets up a 75 percent club, encouraging all players to get in the weight room at least 4 times a week throughout the summer--and the head coach is happy with what he saw.

"The Juniors and Seniors have really taken it upon themselves to become leaders on the practice field and lead by example, push themselves harder. They're getting out and getting after it, and they've really set a tone for the rest of the athletes, this is how you work hard, this is the way you do it."

And it's not just the players setting a tone for the upcoming season.

"This year Sheldon is really sticking it to us, and making us condition even harder than last year, first practice we got to hit, it was kids on the ground puking, we had about ten kids puke this year, so yeah it was pretty intense."

Practices may be getting tougher--but the players aren't complaining--because they still have one thing in the back of their minds.

"You know I think we're all just disappointed after last seasons outing, but you know I think it pushes us to work harder, so it doesn't happen again this year, everybody wants to come out and be better, and try to improve that record."

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