A crowd of Warrior fans were led in the “Go Bananas” cheer during a recent Warri



In recent years, a growing number of Brainerd students have made it their mission to instill school spirit in the hearts and minds of their fellow students, teachers and families.  


These superfans aren’t limited to a single sport and can be seen at athletic events such as volleyball, football or hockey. It’s about being a part of a community and supporting that community with their presence and enthusiasm.

It takes guts, a complete lack of self-consciousness, a bunch of self-confidence and a great big helping of team spirit to be a Brainerd Warrior Superfan.

It also doesn’t hurt to have a costume.

Superfans show up to events in Warrior blue wardrobes. Some are elaborately garbed in the kind of outfits and accessories that wouldn’t seem out of place for a comic book superhero.

The peppy participants shout and cheer and dance — much of the time in unison as superfan ringleaders marshal their troops into routines such as the “Go Bananas” cheer or the interlude dance.

And as homecoming looms, one can’t help but imagine the elaborate preparations going on behind the scenes and look forward to seeing the culmination of all that school pride.

Go Warriors!

— Kelly Humphrey

Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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