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Braves trio earns awards at banquet

November 2, 2012
By Keith Shelton - Sports Editor ( , Daily Press

GLADSTONE - It was an eventful night at Gladstone High School Thursday as the Braves held their football and cheerleading banquet.

A trio of Braves received prestigious awards and the freshman, jayvee and varsity football teams were honored along with the cheerleading team.

Assistant varsity coach Casey Young presented the Brian Butler and Robert Young "Heart" Awards.

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Gladstone High School seniors, from left, Blake Ballard, Steve Strom and Jared Vuksan are shown with their awards, which were handed out at the Braves football banquet, Thursday evening at Gladstone High School.

Steve Strom and Blake Ballard were selected as co-recipients of the Brian Butler award, handed out to the team's most valuable player.

Strom was an all-Great Northern Conference selection on defense and was also named to the all-U.P. team at center. Ballard was an honorable mention on each team. Each were significant factors on the varsity team this season.

"I'm pretty honored to get the Brian Butler award but I'm also honored that I get to share it with Blake Ballard," said Strom. "It's basically the team MVP and I know that me and Blake worked very hard this season. We put in three years on the varsity and had a good season. I'm proud of it."

The Robert Young award for perseverance, named after Casey Young's father, was given to Jared Vuksan.

Vuksan unfortunately had his season cut short due to injury, but exemplified the traits associated with the award and continued to motivate his team from the sidelines.

"I"m very honored, very proud that I earned this award," Vuksan said. "I was surprised having only played half the season, but I'm really happy I won it."

The cheerleading team honored seniors Jessica Valiquette and Jessica Young and thanked them for their efforts.



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