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Cherrier Named Yost-Haddorff-Leopold Winner

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Mound Westonka High School is proud to name senior Isaiah Cherrier as the 2017 male recipient of the Yost-Haddorff-Leopold Award. Other nominees for the 64rd annual outstanding male athlete award were Dylan Smerillo, Jacob Bowe, Jordan Clement, Dylan Roth, Zach Bohn, Bobby Kohman and Ryan Bunker.

The award began as the Yost Award in 1953, honoring the late Frank Yost, a local pharmacist and ardent community sports supporter who died in 1952. In 1994, the award became the Yost-Haddorff-Leopold Award to also honor the memories of Oscar Haddorff, who died in 1970, a year after retiring as a 25-year MWHS teacher, coach and athletic director; and Cory Leopold, a 1988 MWHS graduate and standout high school and college wrestler who was killed in a car accident in 1993. The scholarship component was added to the award at that time and is given each year to the school’s top male and female athletes.

cherrierDuring his high school athletic career, Cherrier has earned eight varsity letters between football, basketball and track and field. He is a two-time captain and MVP for the White Hawks football team, earning All-Conference honors as a sophomore, junior and senior.

Cherrier was elected by statewide media in 2016 for the Minnesota Associated Press and Northstar Football News All-State First Teams. Additionally, he was one of only 30 players in Minnesota selected to the 2016 Minnesota Vikings All-State Football Team and was recognized as a Blue-Grey All-American. Cherrier was also an All-State selection by both the AP and Northstar Football News as a junior.

Cherrier leaves ​the Mound Westonka football program as the career record holder in rushing yards (2,056), rushing touchdowns (33), yards per carry (5.8), receiving yards (808), receiving touchdowns (13) and total touchdowns (​54).

In addition to his success on the gridiron, Cherrier was named All-Conference Honorable Mention in track last season and hopes to improve his results this spring. Cherrier also worked his way into the 1,000 Lb. Club for weightlifting.

Among Cherrier’s favorite high school sports memories were winning two Homecoming football games, playing in the Minnesota All-Star Football Game at U.S. Bank Stadium this year and celebrating undefeated regular football seasons in both his junior and senior years. Cherrier will continue his academic and football career at the NCAA Division I Western Illinois University next year.

The female recipient of the Yost-Haddorff-Leopold is the recipient of the MWHS Athena Award. This year’s award winner is senior Madeline Niederer. Read more about Niederer’s athletic accomplishments here.

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