STC Cheerleading tryouts were held for fall and winter sports on Thursday June 5.
For the 2014-15 school year the STC cheerleaders will be coached by Jackie Ellenbecker and Emily Chyma. Ellenbecker, STC's Juvenile Court Liason, will return as the wrestling cheerleading coach but will also take on the JV and Varsity football squads this year. First year coach and STC high school social studies teacher Emily Chyma will lead a basketball cheerleading squad that will cover both the STC girls and boys teams.
During the tryouts the cheerleading hopefuls were assessed in several categories including group cheering, group dance, individual cheers, two jumps and two extras. The girls were judged on their movement accuracy, facial expressions, and their enthusiasm. In total, twenty-eight girls tried out for twenty-two open positions. The 2014-15 STC Cheerleading teams are as follows:
JV Football - Carissa Davenport, Abby Evans, Kendra Goodman, Chloe Hess, Kody Meyer, Alana Neave, Maria Rubio, and Lexie Shadden.
Varsity Football - Marilyn Anaya, Ericka Dunning, Shayla Peshel, Kelsie Quigley, Tamisha Rogers, Laurel Scharnweber, Karlee Stairts, Kaitlyn Wasekuk.
Wrestling - Marilyn Anaya, Elysiana Gonzalez, Sadie Kavalier, Brooke Keller, Sydney Meek, Laurel Scharnweber, and Belle Tyynismaa.
Girls and Boys Basketball - Ericka Dunning, Alana Neave, Laura Novotny, Kelsie Quigley, Tamisha Rogers, Karlee Stairts, and Kaitlyn Wasekuk.
A Change Will Do You Good
When the 2014-15 school year rolls around there will be several changes coming to Trojan athletics. The most influential change that will affect the athletic teams will be South Tama moving from the NICL West Conference to the Wamac West Conference. The Trojans have found success in the NICL West (2014 Girls Basketball Conference Champs) but look to give the middle school, sub-varsity, and fine arts programs a boost with the larger Wamac schools offering more options in those areas.
One major change for the cheerleading program will be the basketball squad structure. In previous years the girls and boys basketball cheerleading squads have been separate but starting this year those squads will be combined. The change stems from how the Wamac sets up their basketball game scheduling. Instead of the boys and girls varsity teams playing on the same night, in the same location, games will now be played with JV and Varsity teams on the same night. For example, when one team such as the girls play at home, the boys will play away against the same opponent. The Cheerleaders will be cheering at home regardless of whether the boys or girls are playing. This means that the away team will not have cheerleaders traveling with them. However according to Chyma there will be times when there are no home games. In those instances the cheerleaders will travel with the team on the road.
We've Got Spirit, Yes We Do
Along with coaching Basketball Cheerleading, Chyma joined by fellow STCHS colleagues Chris Quigley, Katie Murphy and Nancy Dostal will be reigniting the Blue Crew student organization. Their goal is to increase student support and enthusiasm at and around STC activities. Moving into the Wamac the Trojans will face a higher caliber of competition and it will be as important as ever to give the Trojan athletes all the support they can get. Chyma has several ideas for next year including more pep rallies, theme nights at home games, and extending school spirit activities to the middle school. The leaders of Blue Crew also plan to throw a parking lot bonfire to kick off the school year. Chyma has a goal of getting more community involvement to help bolster the Blue Crew efforts.
"Our goal for the year, at least from the basketball and football standpoint, to is to work with the cheerleaders to pump up the spirit," said Chyma. "Going into this Wamac Conference, we are going to have to go tough."