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 ends...it'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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gjBWxkKnJy4). 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

ANOTHER MEN'S BASKETBALL VICTORY!!

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

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A Back to School Win for the Saints Basketball Team!

It was a great and relaxing three week winter break but it is time for school to be in session again... and IT IS TIME TO CHEER AGAIN!!

H-O-T-T-O-G-O
Man those Saints are hot to go
WOO
Hot to go
WOO
Hot to go

Yes, this is one of my favorite cheers. WHY? Because it was another great back to school win for our Saints basketball team against the Northland LumberJacks with a well-earned victory score 63-50. Yay to the basketball cheerleading squad for doing a great job of cheering LOUD and PROUD! Way to go girls!

It was wonderful seeing all the basketball cheer girls and their smiley faces again. A great way to always look forward to going to cheer practice and a basketball game to cheer. Thanks for continuing to make cheerleading a great and positive experience! Thanks for being AMAZING, goofy girls! Also, good luck to all of you ladies this semester! I super love inspirational quotes! Here's an inspiring quote for all of you from me. If you love something and it makes you happy, GO FOR IT!

"It doesn't matter what people think about cheerleading, if it's something that you love to do than that's all that counts." 
-Author Jade

Don't forget about our CSS CHEER CLINIC on February 1, 2014! Spread the word!

-Linda Thao, Basketball Cheerleading

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Saints Basketball Victory!

We are well on our way into the basketball season but we started out on a not-so-good note. Our first two home games, although very exciting and intense, ended in a loss for The St. Scholastica Saints. Tonight though, the boys basketball team came out victorious against Finlandia with a score of 89 to 59!

The basketball cheerleading squad is doing a fantastic job as well. As captain, I can say I am very proud of the basketball squad and each and every girl that is a part of the squad. The girls are very supportive and involved in the games which has so far made the season that much more fun.

Even with a greater number of new girls compared to returning girls on this seasons basketball cheer squad, we have quickly come together to be a close, tight-knit cheer family which I love! I am excited to see where this season will take us!


-Megan Englund, Basketball Cheerleading Captain