Wednesday, April 6, 2016

OPEN STUNTING IN APRIL!

Are you curious about cheerleading?  Do you want to get a jump on tryouts?

We will be hosting Open Stunting every Tuesday and Thursday in April in the BWC from 6-8pm.  Everyone is welcome - from beginners to the advanced.  This is an opportunity to work on your skills, learn new stunts, or just see what cheerleading is really like.

And guys - this means you, too!!!  Join us to see just how athletic cheerleading is!  We are not just about pom poms and dances!  We perform dangerous stunts that require serious muscle!  Cheerleading is a common sport for male athletes in college - look at any of the top Division I schools!  Come to an open stunting session and I guarantee you will walk away with a new appreciation for this sport!

Football squad tryouts are coming up!  If you have any questions, feel free to email coach rbrenna@css.edu or ask any of the cheerleaders at Open Stunt!

We hope to see you there!!


Wednesday, March 2, 2016

2016 Football Squad Try-Outs & Exciting Announcement


Football Squad Tryouts

Saturday April 30, 2016

Burns Wellness Commons, The College of St. Scholastica campus

10am-5:30pm

*Preregistration is NOT required – you can just show up.


You will learn all of the material you need for tryouts on this day. At the end of the day, there will be an official “tryout.” You will learn and perform a cheer, dance and jumps. We will also be working on stunting during the day. Incoming freshmen are welcome to tryout. Please wear athletic clothing and bring clean cheer or athletic shoes. Please have your hair up and remove all jewelry.

At the final tryout you will be asked to perform specific skills, however, we are not looking for perfection and we do not follow a scoring system. The final decisions are made by the captains and the coach. In addition to performing skills, you will be observed throughout the day on your attitude, ability to learn and make changes, enthusiasm, and overall performance.

We do not have a list of mandatory skills required, and tumbling is not required.

Attendance is STRONGLY encouraged. However, if you cannot make it, please contact the coach below for information about video tryouts.

Questions?
Contact coach Rebecca Brenna at rbrenna@css.edu or 218-733-2299.

EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT!

CSS Cheer will be participating in 2-3 regional competitions next year!  We have a great group of people who have worked very hard to bring CSS Cheer to the next level - and we are ready to take that leap!  Details are still being worked out, however, we already have a few plans in place that we can announce. 

Making the team will be by selection only. You MUST be a member of a sideline squad to be a member of the competitive squad, but you do not have to compete if you don't want to - you can still cheer sidelines only.

Criteria for selection will be based on skills, work ethic, adherence to squad policies, attendance, and team representation. In other words...put in the work during the off-season to improve and represent your team well both in uniform and out of uniform. Be the kind of cheerleader we want to represent us on a larger stage. Selections will be made by Oct. 1st.


We plan to still have a separate homecoming and winter squad performance. Although there may be a few more practices for competitive squad, we plan to try to squeeze in as many practices as we can into our current schedule.

This is just the beginning! We're gonna take Saints Cheer to a whole new level! Who's in?

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Captain Appreciation and Senior Night this weekend!

THANK YOU CAPTAINS!

This Friday at both the men's basketball game and the men's hockey game, we are honoring our captains.  I may be the coach, but the captain's are the driving force behind this team.  I can't tell you how many hours they spend on cheerleading in addition to their full class loads and their jobs, capstones, etc.  Cheerleading never has a down time for these women:  if they are not actively cheering, they are getting ready for next season looking for stunts, choreographing performances, recruiting, etc.  They keep everyone motivated and working towards the team goals.  We couldn't do what we do...and couldn't have accomplished the amazing things we have accomplished...without these women.  For all of their hard work, we take this time to say "thank you."  

Basketball Captains                             
Abby Tourtellott
Abigail Hopfer (Asst. Capt.)
Brittany Duresky

Audrey Steiner (Asst. Capt.)
Hockey Captains
Nicole Kapaun
Sammy Stenberg


SENIOR SATURDAY!

Saturday marks the final game for our two seniors:  Basketball cheerleader Abby Tourtellott and Hockey cheerleader Nicole Kapaun.  I honestly don't even know what to say about these girls.  

Abby has been on many squads over the past few years in both football and basketball.  Abby is bold.  She tells you like it is and doesn't sugar coat it.  But it seems to be what you need to hear...most of the time.  Abby also never quits.  Injured?  Nope...can't keep her down!  Just put a little more tape on it - it'll be fine.  She is also a mom in the group.  She'll give you the biggest hugs when you need them and the biggest smile when you get there!  She'll make you laugh until you cry, and then make you laugh some more.  Abby is a one-of-a-kind girl.  I honestly don't know what I am going to do without her around next year.  Thank you, Abby, for all of your hard work, dedication and leadership.  Thanks for your hugs, your laughs, and your sass.  

Nicole has been on hockey squad for a number of years, serving as captain the last two.  She had very definite plans on where she wanted this squad to go and how to get there.  She never missed the opportunity to improve on her own skills, being the only hockey cheerleader to attend the University of Minnesota College Cheer Camp with us the first year.  That was also the first time that I got to see Nicole's leadership ability.  That year we were inexperienced and small...and scared to death!  Nicole pushed everyone there to keep going and not give up, even when it felt impossible to continue, and provided comic relief to help keep the mood light in the most frustrating circumstances.  Nicole is always quick with a sassy remark - and I love it!  I know I can throw attitude her way and she'll throw it right back!  She could be my own child!  Nicole also has a big heart.  She loves very passionately - her squad, cheerleading, her friends and her family.  Thank you, Nicole, for sharing your passion with us.  

Left to Right:  Sammy Stenberg, Senior Abby Tourtellott, Brittany Duresky, Laura Bakken, and Senior Nicole Kapaun
*Although the picture shows more than just the two seniors we are honoring, I thought it most accurately portrayed  why I love these women so much!  Bridesmaids...CSS Style!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Busy, Busy, Busy!!!

What a busy couple of weeks we have had!  First, we had a performance of our own at the CSS Men's basketball game on Saturday Feb. 6th.  The squad had been working on this since before Christmas break, and it's always a highlight of our winter cheering season.  Both the basketball and hockey squads combine to create the performance.  It's always a bit of a challenge because hockey cheerleading and basketball cheerleading are a little different, so there is a bit of a learning curve as girls who have never stunted before are brought in.  But as always, our squad gets it done in AMAZING fashion!  I couldn't be more proud of the dedication and grit these women showed and the result was something to be proud of!  If you haven't seen it, check it out!

CSS Cheerleading 2016 Winter Performance

The following week, we had our cheer clinic for kids in grades K-8 on Sat. Feb 13th!  We look forward to this day every year.  It's a great reminder of the impact we have on the little ones who look up to us.  It's also a chance for us to help spread our love of cheer and with our work, we hope to build strong local cheer programs at our high schools.  This year we had over 70 little girls join us for the day learning dances, cheers and even some stunting!  Then they got the chance to strut their stuff at the CSS Men's Basketball game.  We can't wait until next year!












Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Dates of the 2016 CSS Cheer Clinic Announced!

CSS Cheer Clinic Saturday Feb. 13, 2016

We have finally been able to reserve the space for our CSS Cheer Clinic!  The cheer clinic is an opportunity for children in grades K-8 to come to campus and work with us for the day learning a dance, cheer and stunting.  At the end of the day they get to perform at a CSS Men's basketball game!  This is our primary fundraiser for the squad, but it's also a ton of fun for us to work with the younger kids and a great reminder that there is always a little girl in the stands watching us who wants to be just like us.

Kids who attend the camp get a t-shirt, a set of authentic poms, snacks and water, free admission to the game for them and for one adult, and the older kids also get a pizza lunch.  If you would like more information or to register, please see the link below!

We can't wait!



CSS Cheer Clinic 2015


Monday, December 7, 2015

A True Team

A True Team
by Autumn Urman

The word "team" has a relatively universal meaning. Most people would say that the definition of "team" falls somewhere along the lines of working together towards a common goal, supporting each other, and an overall collectivist mindset. We have all, at some point in our lives, probably been a part of a team. Myself, I've been a part of many- the volleyball team, the basketball team, the softball team, the dance team. But until I was a part of the cheer team, I had never really been a part of a true team. In fact, I had never really understood what a true team was.

I used to think that teammates gave you high fives when you had a good play at the net, congratulated you on the 3 point shots and tough defense, or enthusiastically clapped and whistled as you ran the bases or made a double play at second. I used to think that the job of a fellow teammate was to encourage and cheer each other on. And all of that may be true, but I now realize that teammates are so much more than a source of encouraging high fives and affirming applause. Teammates pick you up when you aren't on top of your game, help you find your way when you're lost and not quite sure where you are, push you to be your best, work along side you on the road to success, work hard to achieve goals, are not satisfied until the whole team is at their best, and are compassionate and caring towards one another in and out of practice. 

You may have a group of the most talented athletes alive, but if they can't work together as a team and respect one another, you have nothing. As teammates, we may not always see eye-to-eye. We may not always be best friends. And we may not always be motivated to do our best. But we always have each other's backs. No matter how much we may get on each other's nerves, not matter how tired we are at the end of a long practice, and no matter how much we have going on in our lives outside of cheer, it's our job as teammates to act as such. A team is more than just a title, and a teammate is more than just a job description- it's a philosophy to live by.

"The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team." --Phil Jackson


Monday, November 9, 2015

Football Cheering Season is over

Although the CSS football team still continues to see great success, they are on the road and the CSS Cheerleaders have wrapped up our football season.  I am so proud of this team and what they have accomplished.  We went from a group of people in July who hardly knew each other (we had 10 new people out of a squad of 19) to a high-functioning team taking on new challenges with enthusiasm and confidence!

This squad has taken CSS Cheer further than it has ever been before.  We know now what we can become.  We have seen our future and it is BRIGHT!!

Many of those from the football squad are cheering on winter squads.  For those who are not actively cheering for a sport, they will continue to take part in all of the community events and fundraising activities through the year.  And of course, ideas are already running through our heads as to what we can accomplish next football season!

Thank you to all of you for such a wonderful season!  I have said it before and I will say it again a thousand times  - I am so proud to be your coach!

Becky

2015 CSS Cheer Football Squad