Thursday, September 18, 2014

A busy fall and no time to blog...

Wow!  These past few weeks have been packed with activity, and there just hasn't even been time to write about it!  Some of the highlights:

  • 10 Members of our squad attended a college cheerleading camp at the University of Minnesota in mid-August.  It was a lot of work and a bit bumpy logistically, but overall everyone feels it was a great use of time and we were able to bring back some valuable information that we are using!
  • Football squad moved onto campus on Aug. 21st to get to work!  There was practice every day (sometimes two) and a few group bonding events like a day at the beach!  
  • Nicole Kapaun has agreed to serve as captain of the hockey squad this year. 

Right now we are working on our homecoming plans, plans for Community Day, football games and fundraisers!  We are also gearing up for WINTER TRY-OUTS!  

Try-outs for basketball and hockey squads will be held on Sunday Sept. 21st, noon-7pm, in the Fitness Room at the BWC.  We welcome people of all skill levels, including guys!  

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Getting a jump start on fall!

The football squad was on campus this past weekend to get a jump start on fall.  They worked on stunting and the homecoming performance, and even squeezed in some team bonding.  There was a lot of laughter and even more sore muscles once the weekend was over, but they worked hard and got a ton done!  Fall will be here before we know it and these few days make all the difference in being prepared for our season!

Nice work, ladies!  Thanks so much for your commitment and sacrifice!


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

There is no off-season in cheerleading!

It may feel like you just left campus, and that fall is far away, but there is so much going on this summer for cheerleading that it reminds us that there is no off-season!

Our summer overnight is just one week away.  This year we are going to try for two nights overnight, to get some serious work done.  We have some fun time planned too, and we are hoping to bring in an instructor from a competitive gym to help our squad bring our stunting to the next level.  We have some excellent experience in this group, and I am positive that we can do this!

Jaiden and I are busy looking at warm-ups, t-shirts and other apparel to get the football squad what they need!  Jaiden is also busy putting the finishing touches on the homecoming performance so that we can start working on that right away.

August 17-18th, some of our squad will be attending a college cheer camp held at the Univ. of Minnesota in the Twin Cities!  They will be staying overnight at TCF Stadium and working with the U of MN coach, all-girl squad and co-ed squad.  It's a great opportunity to work with a Division I/Big 10 school.  It sounds like the focus will be mainly on pyramids and stunting, and I am excited to see what we can learn from them!

Finally, move in day for the football squad is just over a month away.  It's exciting to get on to campus and get to work!  We'll be having some long practice sessions each day, while also working in a little time for fun and team bonding.  Our first game is Sept. 6th, and there is so much to do!

Time to gear up and get ready to WORK!  I can't wait to see what we can do!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Finished one year and it's time for another!!

We had a fabulous cheer season this year and celebrated with a banquet at Grandma's Restaurant.  What a wonderful way to end a season.  But just when one's time to start working on the next!

Although fall is still far away, there is a ton of work to be done to get ready for the football cheering season.  We held try-outs on Saturday March 22nd and had a pretty good turn out. A lot of incoming freshmen made the trip and there are a lot with some great skills!  We are excited to have them on the team!

In addition to getting the squad picked, it's time to start creating the performance for Homecoming, planning practices, the summer overnight, Community Day, uniforms, and so much more!  There is no off-season in cheerleading!  Jaiden Wentz will be serving as Captain of the football squad and she has been working hard to get everything ready and organized for another successful season!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Valentine's Weekend

Friday, February 14th was a Men's Basketball home game. I enjoyed being able to spend Valentines Day with my valentines aka my cheerleaders! We started out on Friday by meeting an hour before the game, as we always do, in order to have time to warm up. In the hour prior to the game, we practiced our stunts that we would be doing for starting line ups. During the game, the basketball cheerleading squad assistant captain, Sarah, called the cheers. The game went by rather quickly and ended in a win for the Saints basketball team.

Next, on Saturday, February 15th, it was the last home game of the season and my last game cheerleading. Laura, the other basketball cheerleading squad assistant captain, called the cheers for this days game. The overall game was very exciting. A lot of the basketball players were doing well as they were making all the three-pointers they were shooting. Later, seconds before half time, the only senior on the basketball team during the 2013-2014 season threw a hail mary shot from the opposite end of the court and MADE IT AT THE BUZZER! (Video of the shot: It was the best moment. The cheerleaders, the crowd and the team were jumping and yelling in excitement.

Unfortunately though, even with all the given excitement and accuracy in the shots the players were making, the Saints last home basketball game of the season ended in a loss.

As it was my last game of my cheerleading career, I would like to thank everyone who has been there and made my time as a St. Scholastica cheerleader great. It has been an absolute honor to serve as Football and Basketball cheer captain. Even more importantly, I am grateful for the people I have gotten to know. I have been cheerleading since the 9th grade, and although I am excited as I approach my college graduation this spring, I am also very sad to leave cheerleading and all my fellow cheerleaders behind. But, I encourage all CSS cheerleaders to continue cheerleading because I will definitely be back as an alumni to cheer on my Saints and cheerleaders, and I hope to see familiar faces in addition to new faces cheering on the Saints to victory! I love you all!!

-Megan Englund, Senior and Cheerleading Captain

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Cheer Clinic a SUCCESS!!

For the second year, the CSS Cheerleaders hosted nearly 70 little girls on campus for the day to learn cheers, dances and stunts.  The event serves as the primary fundraiser for the CSS Cheerleaders and helps pay for things like uniforms, camps, summer practices and more.  Kids from Duluth and the surrounding communities are invited and each participant gets a t-shirt and poms to take with them at the end of the day.  To show off what they have learned, the kids performed at half time of the CSS Women's Basketball game.  We received great feedback from parents and kids, and are already looking ahead to make next year's clinic even better!!!

Saturday, January 25, 2014


Today's game was extremely exciting! The game was neck and neck throughout the whole game. At half-time, the Saints were down by a few. During the second half, the game continued as a neck and neck game, following back and forth between the Saints and the Bethany Lutheran Vikings as they played their hardest. By the end of the second half, the game was all tied up at 76-76 causing the game to go into overtime. The Saints continued playing their hardest and had the fans up and out of their seats cheering them on. The cheerleading squad, myself included, was screaming at the top of our lungs rooting on the basketball team. My voice was gone by the end of the game! Come the end of overtime and the end of the game, the Saints men's basketball team beat the Vikings 86 to 84! AND THE CROWD WENT WILD!

-Megan Englund, Senior Cheerleader and Basketball Cheer Squad Captain