Lauren Gangl — Girls Basketball
Lauren has been a critical member of our Mandan girls basketball team. Her positive attitude and hard-work ethic are the kinds of characteristics that helped lead us to our second-place finish in the WDA tournament and our state consolation championship in March.
Lauren’s numbers may not jump off the page, but her impact on the success of a team is undeniable. Lauren is the kind of kid every coach wishes they had a dozen of on a team. She is a very competitive person who gives everything she’s got to every possession in a game and every drill in practice. She is incredibly coachable and just wants to get better each time she steps on the floor.
One of the most positively unique attributes Lauren brings to a team is her ability to keep things light. She will joke with her teammates when they make a mistake and are feeling low that reminds them it’s not the end of the world. She always has a smile on her face and knows exactly how to balance that extremely competitive nature with a love for her teammates, coaches, and the sport of basketball itself.
Lauren’s teammates show incredible respect for her and love her selfless demeanor on the floor. She was voted by her teammates and coaches as the recipient of the 2018-2019 Brave Award, which is given to the player who is the best teammate and role model for what we want every girl in our program to act like as they come up through our system. Being in the gym with Lauren every day was nothing short of joyous, and she will be greatly missed next year.
— coach Abby Thomas