Tuesday, March 27, 2018

2018-2019 Cheerleading Tryouts!!!!

Tryouts for the 2018-2019 school year have been announced! Join this amazing team! We will be having tryouts for FOOTBALL/BASKETBALL and HOCKEY CHEER SQUADS on Saturday April 14th, 12-5pm, in the Burns Wellness Commons.  We have an amazing squad here at CSS, and we'd love to see you at tryouts! It's a good mix of fun and hard work, and a great opportunity to do continue doing something that you enjoy while getting your degree.

We always recommend attending tryouts in person whenever possible. However, we also know that things happen. If you cannot attend tryouts in person, please let me know. We can arrange a video tryout for you. Tryout out via video will not hurt your chances of making the squad.

Below are some FAQ's about cheerleading, and if you have any questions, please feel free to email me at rbrenna@css.edu or call 218-733-2299.  

We hope to see you there!!!

What is cheerleading like at CSS?

We have two squads at CSS: one that cheers on football/men’s basketball, and one that cheers on men’s hockey (although we have a "one squad" philosophy - no one squad is more important than another – and work hard to show support to all of our student athletes and teams). We are a year-long club, which means that even when you are not actively cheering for a sport, you are required to attend all fundraising and volunteering functions (1-2 times per month). Our squad utilizes peer-to-peer mentoring, which means that we rely heavily on those with previous cheer experience to teach stunting, etc. to their teammates. Practices are led by student captains. This gives each cheerleader the opportunity for input, for strong team interactions, and opportunities to work on leadership skills.

Practices are 2-3 nights per week, about 2-3 hrs. each. For special performances, events, etc. there may be more practices added – usually around homecoming and for a winter performance. Games vary, but there are usually 5-7 home football games, and 10-12 basketball/hockey games.

The football/basketball squad has a few special events: we have a 2 night overnight practice session during the summer, and the football squad moves in before school starts by usually 1 1/2-2 weeks. We need that time to prepare for the season, as our first games are usually RIGHT after school starts, and homecoming is not too far behind. These are required.

Does it cost anything to be on the squad?

There is an out of pocket cost associated with cheering at CSS. With football, the start up out-of-pocket cost is around $300. This includes a nice warm up suit, shoes, spanks, crop top and bow -all of which you keep. We try to use the same basics from year to year (and squad to squad) to help reduce costs. Hockey squads usually have an out of pocket of around $150. These are mandatory costs/items required to be on the squad and anything you purchase, you get to keep. In addition, we have the chance to buy OPTIONAL apparel during the year such as hoodies, sweatpants, etc. I don't want cost to ever be an issue. If cost is a concern, I will gladly work with anyone and set up payment plans to help spread the costs out over the season.

What are tryouts like?

Try-outs are usually one full day. We teach a cheer, dance and work on stunting, and then there is a formal try-out at the end of the day. However, the whole day should be thought of as the try-out...we watch all day to see how everyone does with picking up materials, interacting with others, facing difficulties/falling, attitudes. As long as you are willing to put in the work in and out of practice, and have a GREAT team attitude, you have an excellent chance of making the squad.

What skills are required?

We don’t have any required skills to be a cheerleader. And you don’t have to be an expert figure skater to be on the hockey squad – as long as you can get yourself on and off the ice in skates, we welcome you at tryouts. You do not need previous cheer experience. However, you must be willing to work hard, and if you don’t have experience, you will need to work even harder to get the basics down on your own outside of practice.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


If you love to go to hockey games, why not try out for the hockey cheerleading squad?  You don't have to be an expert figure skater to be on the hockey squad - as long as you can get yourself on and off the ice, you can cheer!  Hockey cheer is a fun way to be part of a team, and to cheer on our Saints!  For more information, contact Annie Crotteau acrotteau@css.edu or Becky Brenna rbrenna@css.edu.

No pre-registration required for tryouts!  Just show up!  We'd love to see you there!!!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

What do you do, other than cheer?

Our cheerleaders do amazing things in and out of cheer, and in and out of the classroom.  They are heavily involved in the community and dedicated to becoming global citizens.  After all, the world needs more Saints!

Take a look at the feature story on css.edu featuring two-year hockey cheerleader Ixayana Gonzales.

Changing the Conversation: Interview with Ixayana Gonzales

Monday, April 10, 2017

2017-2018 Cheerleading Tryouts!

We want YOU on the 2017-2018 CSS Cheer Squad. EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO TRYOUT- no cheer experience needed. Men and women both welcome as well! If you're even thinking about it, come tryout- you will not regret it.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

CSS Cheer at First Competition!

This past weekend we had the opportunity to compete in the Wow Factor Sports Cheerleading Competition in Minneapolis. This was the first competition that CSS cheerleading has ever entered and we are excited to share that we placed second in our division!
There were countless hours of practice put in to working to reach this goal of our team, and every single second was worth it. The weekend was a blast! It was great to spend the whole weekend together as a team! On top of competing both Saturday and Sunday we spend time together hanging out in the hotel, swimming, going out for breakfast and dinner as a team, and going to the white out party put on by Wow factor!

Thanks to all the parents and friends that came out last weekend to watch us compete and cheer us on, we couldn’t have done it without you! Thanks to our coach Becky and her husband Chad for being with us through the whole season and helping us every step of the way. And thanks to Chelsie Hollencamp for choreographing our routine! 

We all had a blast and cannot wait to compete at Wow again next year!

~Submitted by Alexandra Jordan (Junior - 2017/2018 Captain)

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Jumping Out of My Comfort Zone Led to an Amazing Adventure

Growing up I was a figure skater. I started figure skating when I was 2 1/2 and skated all the way through my senior year of high school. During my high school years I always wanted to combine my comfort on the ice with showing school spirit by trying out for hockey cheerleading. However, I'm also a very shy person and even though every year I wanted to try out, I never did it because I wasn't willing to jump out of my comfort zone. My freshman year at St. Scholastica I vowed to change that. It was time for a fresh start and for me to finally take that leap and do what I had been wanting to do for the past four years of high school. Fast forward to tryouts that fall, I was so nervous. I kept second guessing if  I could really do this because I had zero cheerleading experience. However, despite those nerves I showed up to tryouts and managed to make the hockey cheerleading squad! I was so excited and couldn't wait for practices to start so I could meet the rest of the girls and start my journey as a cheerleader. That first year was an amazing experience because I was able to make new friends, continue skating, show my pride for this wonderful school, and jump WAY out of my comfort zone during the winter performance. Before preparing for the winter performance I had never stunted before, but with the support of the rest of the girls I was flying in no time.

If you're considering jumping out of your comfort zone DO IT! I couldn't be happier that I finally decided to try out for cheerleading. The past three years on the hockey squad have been full of great new experiences, friends, and laughter. So do it! Take the plunge! You won't regret it.
Hockey Cheer Squad My Freshman Year 2014-2015

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

4 years. Twice a week. Countless games. Forever friendships.

Starting college was a time of adventure for me. I wanted to try and do everything. I went to the activities fair as an excited Freshman, ready to dive in. As I was enjoying the endless amounts of free candy, I came across the cheerleading booth. I was immediately interested. This was an activity we did not have in high school. A week later, I showed up to basketball cheerleading tryouts. The whole time I worried because I have absolutely zero experience and I was way out of my comfort zone. I pushed through and later that week I got an email saying I made the squad.

As we started practices, I had a lot to work on. My arms were not tight or straight, I needed to be stronger and better, and I did not know how to do ‘cheer hair’. Each day I would leave with a new area to work on. Each practice I would go back excited to see the girls that I would soon call friends and to train our squad to trust in and use each other as support. The year went on and I became more comfortable as a cheerleader.

The year came to an end, and I wanted to do more. I had made friendships to last a lifetime and I wanted to be more involved. My next challenge: football squad. I made it and had so much fun! Who would have thought standing in the freezing cold, rain, and snow, I would still enjoy myself. I was pushed to new limits. We had a performance and doing the splits and a toe touch was part of the criteria. Toe touch?! What is that? They expect me to hit my splits in just a few weeks?! Well, I did it and I walked away wanting more.

As the third year approached, I was now considered an upper classman. It was time to no longer follow, but to be a leader. I led by example. Always being there, ready to go, asking for help when I needed it, and helping others along as well. This year I was involved in both football and basketball. During the basketball season, I got an email saying that they wanted me to be their assistant captain. ME?! The one who knew nothing about cheer a mere two years ago. What did they see in me? I accepted with Abby Hopfer as my partner in crime. We would tackle this challenge together.

Now it is my final year. How did the time go so fast? I am now captain for the basketball squad and the end is approaching faster and faster. Am I ready to leave this wonderful group of girls? No. Will I ever be? Probably not. I know that the seniors have and continue to train the squad into smart and strong girls. I know that our legacy has made an impact on the squad. We are no longer the schools laughing stock, cheerleaders who can barely do a simple prep. We are the cheerleaders. We are a force to be reckoned with. We will continue to break past the barriers and continue to be bigger and better.

~Submitted by Audrey Steiner, Senior, Captain