As the Blazing Cats adapted floor hockey team faced off in the state championships March 17-18, their most enthusiastic supporters were on the sidelines.
With cheers they’ve written themselves and an unmatchable enthusiasm, the Blazing Cats Cheerleading team’s six members have been a powerful source of support for the adapted soccer and hockey teams throughout the last four years, including multiple state tournament appearances.
Lorraine Kangas, Morgan Beck, Emily Brown, Macey Blaschko, Hannah Shursen and Beckie Nicholson cheered the adaptive hockey team on to the consolation round championship of the Minnesota State High School League’s adapted floor hockey tournament March 18.
The cheerleading team – comprised of students with cognitive and developmental delays – is believed to be the only one of its kind in the state. It may be the only team of its kind in the country. The team formed four years ago after coach Lois Schalesky and then coach Kelly Gorman saw cheerleaders from another school cheer on another adapted sports team.
Gorman retired at the end of the 2016-17 school year, and Kris Katzenmeyer joined Schalesky as a coach.
On March 18, the Blazing Cats adapted hockey team won the state consolation championship at Bloomington Jefferson High School.
One day later, the Blazing Cats and cheerleaders were featured in Boyd Huppert’s “Land of 10,000 Stories,” a feature segment on KARE 11.
See the story on KARE11.com.
See the district’s story on the Blazing Cats from March 2016.