Sports Spotlight: Bilz, Ulrich lead Medford gymnastics as freshmenSubmitted: 02/18/2019
Andrew Goldstein
Andrew Goldstein
Sports Anchor/Reporter

Sports Spotlight: Bilz, Ulrich lead Medford gymnastics as freshmen
MEDFORD - Brooklyn Bilz and Makala Ulrich are far from your typical freshmen.

"(Gymnastics) is really one of those sports that I've always thrived in and been driven for," Bilz said.

Medford gymnastics won the GNC small school championship in Ashland last weekend with Bilz and Ulrich finishing first and second in the all-around events.

"We kind of all had a good idea that we were going to be higher up on the rankings," Ulrich said.

Raiders head coach Steve Cain has coached both gymnasts since they were children and observed their unending dedication to the sport.

"All the drilling, all the repetitions, and all the work that they put into it is consistent," Cain said. "They don't stop."

It's not just experience that has turned Bilz and Ulrich into all-conference gymnasts.

It's also about life choices, like Bilz deciding she wanted to be home-schooled to focus on gymnastics.

"I did that for a year," Bilz said. "I realized I want a future with it and I want to do it for life."

As much as the wins and accomplishments excite them, the gymnasts take the most pleasure in doing it together.

"She kind of inspired me and I always looked up to her," Ulrich said.

"We just kind of bonded and suddenly became best friends and its always been like that," Bilz said.

And it's going to stay that way for a long time to come.

The next step for Medford is the sectional meet this weekend against Antigo.

If Bilz and Ulrich do well, they'll move on to the state meet at Wisconsin Rapids. 

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