Sunday, August 28, 2016

Look At Us Now!

In 2014 we attended a stunt camp at the University of Minnesota for the first time. The camp started with the U of M team demonstrating ‘basic’ stunts, which we watched with panicked expressions. We all felt like we did not belong there. However, we stuck it through and this year was our third year attending the camp. Those basic stunts that once terrified us are now our warm-up stunts.

The camp is grueling with a total of 8 hours of stunting over the course of a day and a half. This year we learned new entries and exits from stunts, game day stunts with signs, and of course, the crowd-pleasing basket tosses and pyramids. Through all of the flipping, tossing, twisting and catching we walked away with bruises and sore muscles but it was definitely all worth it. We brought home new stunts to show off and material to work on throughout the rest of the season.

Thank you to all of the University of Minnesota coaches and cheerleaders! We will see you next year!
~Shannon Phelps, Football Captain & Senior

Julia, Natalie and Hope working with University of Minnesota Cheerleaders on the use of signs to energize a crowd!

Our Starbucks stop Sunday morning, because cheerleaders run on coffee!

Team picture before Day 2


Working with Coach Jake and University of Minnesota Cheerleaders

Coach Owens is one of the best in the country and we learn so much from his teaching!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016


Thomas the Tank Engine rolled into Duluth this past weekend, and the CSS Cheerleaders and their families were there to help make his stay enjoyable for everyone!  The CSS Cheerleaders volunteered on Saturday and Sunday at the event and performed a wide variety of jobs such as handing out prizes and wrist bands, greeting guests, photos with Thomas, face painting and carnival games.  Our own Rachel Jezierski has a new title:  Bubble Goddess!  She worked in the “Bubble Mecca” which consisted of four kiddie pools filled with water, six bottles of dish washing liquid each and an aerator to create mounds of bubbles!  Rachel perfected the art of bubble making that day!  I’m not sure who had more fun – Rachel or the kids! 

In exchange for working at the event, our team gets a donation to our program.  We have big plans this year so every little bit helps.  And in order to meet our volunteer minimum, cheerleaders brought friends, boyfriends, siblings and parents to help out.  We want to say a big THANK YOU to them, especially, as their only interest was the love of their CSS Cheerleader.  I can’t say thank you to them enough – it’s just not possible. 

In all, we honestly enjoyed being at the event.  Watching the excitement on the children’s faces as they saw their hero for the first time was so much fun!  And Duluth provided two days of perfect weather!  We can’t wait to go back next year!  

Hard at work!!
Some of our FABULOUS crew!! 

"Bubble Mecca" and the Bubble Goddess at work!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Summer Overnight Success!!!

Summer Overnight Success! 

Summer overnight - it's hot and it's brutal.  There are 8 hours of practice each day and most of it is dedicated to stunting to prepare us for camp at the University of Minnesota in August.  It's a lot of sore muscles, bruises and good ol' blood, sweat and tears.

Each year the football squad spends an entire weekend on campus practicing, but also getting to know each other, setting our goals for the season, and learning what it means to be a CSS Cheerleader.  It's a chance to segregate ourselves from the day-to-day tasks so that we can be present in each moment and really come together as a team.

Friday was spent practicing, and then we spent the evening in a team meeting going over all of the paperwork and expectations for the season.  We ended with a craft project - decorating picture frames - because doing crafts always seems to be a great ice breaker and hey!  It's FUN!

The squad again spent Saturday practicing, stopping only for lunch.  Saturday night we had a nice team dinner at Olive Garden, and then back to campus for Minute to Win It games!  Everyone had a good time and had a few good belly laughs!

Sunday practices only went until noon, but we hit some of our biggest stunts of the weekend!  We also spent some time deciding our squad goals, most of which involved being great teammates and having great attitudes.  Physical skills barely made the list.  We know that when we are a high functioning and cohesive team, that the physical skills will come.


Each year I am amazed at how far we have come and this year is no exception.  We are already starting the year ahead of where we ended last year.  It's so wonderful to see the progress!  I love spending the weekend getting to know these fabulous athletes.  They are funny and kind, caring and sometimes raunchy.  But I love them and wouldn't trade them for the world!

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Spirit Stick - CSS Cheer Award of Excellence

To recognize individual excellence through the year, we have decided to award a Spirit Stick and ribbon to a cheerleader each week or, during special events (like this weekend), each practice for going above and beyond.  This weekend we honored three such cheerleaders:

Adrienne Skelton (Incoming Freshman)
Adrienne was chosen by the captains to receive the Spirit Stick the first day.  Adrienne has no previous cheer experience and jumped into stunting without fear.  She took our critiques seriously and applied them and was able to make some great strides this weekend.  She never gave up and she kept working all weekend.

Keke Buchannan (Incoming Freshman)
Keke was chosen by Adrienne and the captains chose her because she was brand new to stunting and was willing to try everything. When someone asked if she wanted to try something, she never said no!

Hannah Olinger (Incoming Freshman)
Hannah was chosen by Keke and the captains for her strong work ethic.  Hannah has extensive cheer experience but had a lot to adjust to coming to CSS Cheer, and her great attitude inspired Keke to get in there and try new things.  In addition, Hannah really put herself out there and got to know all of her teammates.  She initiated conversations and asked thoughtful questions to learn more about the people on her team, which is what the whole weekend is about!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Big THANKS to Our New Business Sponsors!

We work very hard to keep expenses down as much as possible for our cheerleaders.  After all - they are college students!  The cheerleaders put on many fundraisers such as clinics, car washes, etc. to raise money through the year.  But we are happy to announce that we now have business sponsors willing to help us meet our goals!

Midway Sewer and Jamar have signed on to support CSS Cheer this year.  Their donations are greatly appreciated, and help us purchase the supplies and equipment needed to help us reach our goals and support our Saints!

Thank you so much to these businesses!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Announcing the 2016 Football Squad!

Tryouts are over and we are happy that we can announce the members of our 2016 Football Cheerleading Squad!  Congratulations to the following:

-Brittany Duresky (Captain)
-Shannon Phelps (Captain)
-Audrey Steiner
-Autumn Urman
-Alexandra Jordan
-Abby Hopfer
-Hailey Ek
-Carly Sandmann
-Julia Leigh
-Hope Kilian
-Jenna Niska
-Victoria Hansen
-Keyanna Buchanan
-Adrienne Skelton
-Jordan Segelstrom
-Jenny Smith
-Rachel Jezierski
-Danielle Chisholm
-Macy Dotty
-Natalie Johnson
-Alysa Ruona
-Hannah Olinger
-Erika Badger
-Jamie Dupre
-Caitlin Hare

In case you were counting, that's 25 girls, making this the largest single squad we have ever had.  Exciting and scary, all at the same time!

We have a wide array of skill levels on our squad - from people who have no cheer experience, to those with extensive competition experience.  That is something that makes us very proud - that we can and will take those with no experience so that they can know the love of cheerleading!  They have to work harder than everyone, catching up on years of practice, and spend many hours on their own to learn the basics.

We are looking forward to a year full of new opportunities and new adventures!  If you were not able to tryout and you are interested in CSS Cheer, we will be having tryouts in September for both the basketball and hockey squads, so watch your announcements.

Congratulations once again to our 2016 Football Squad!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016


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 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


*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.

Contact coach Rebecca Brenna at or 218-733-2299.


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?