Cheer Team: Schuler named team MVP
The Brainerd Warriors cheer team celebrated its season.
BRAINERD — Bailey Schuler was named the Most Valuable Player of the Brainerd Warrior Cheer team at its end-of-season banquet.
Schuler is a four-year cheer team veteran and three-year letterwinner. She was a team captain and was selected as a Minnesota All-State Cheerleader with teammate Lizzy Knutson.
Abby Schuler was awarded the Veteran of the Year award. Other awards went to Brody Schultz (Most Encouraging), Raegen Roberts (Spirit Award), Elizabeth Knutson (Warrior Award for great attitude and work ethic), Indigo Ellstrom-Stevens (Most Dedicated) and Isabell Bednarek (Most Improved and Rookie of the Year).
Letterwinners and state participants were Bailey Schuler, Abby Schuler, Knutson, Brenna Padgette, Bednarek, Roberts, Violetta Kromina, Schultz and Ellstrom-Stevens.
Abby Schuler, Bednarek and Schultz were awarded the Academic Gold Star for grade-point averages 3.75 or higher. Silver Stars went to Padgett, Kromina and Ellstrom-Stevens and Bronze Stars were earned by Bailey Schuler and Roberts.
The Warriors earned the Minnesota State Cheerleading Association’s Regional Academic Honor Award.
Brainerd attended the UCA Nationals in Florida this past spring and fell short by one place of advancing to the finals in both Coed and Game Day divisions.
“This season we had some hard times with having to change our routine several times, however, our small but mighty team came together and fought till the end earning themselves a spot in the finals at the Minnesota State competition,” Brainerd head coach Carissa Ulness said. “Heading into the finals round, I was a bit nervous as we were up against Coon Rapids who had a solid performance and a great season. Coon Rapids beat us at every local competition so I knew going into finals it would be tough for us to win. We prepared for finals, the cheerleaders stepped onto the mat and gave it their all winning the Coed Non-Tumble Division and making school history as the first team to do so.”