indianz.com your internet resource indianz.com on facebook indianz.com on twitter indianz.com on Google+
ph: 202 630 8439
Indian Law Online Master Degree
Advertise on Indianz.Com
Home > News > Headlines
Print   Subscribe
Native Sun News: Pine Ridge cheerleader joins Nebraska team

Filed Under: National | Sports
More on: native sun news, nebraska, oglala sioux, south dakota
   

The following story was written and reported by Brandon Ecoffey, Native Sun News Managing Editor. All content © Native Sun News.


Ella Pedredon is now a member of the Chadron State Eagles cheerleading team.

Chadron State nabs Pine Ridge cheerleader
By Brandon Ecoffey
Native Sun News Managing Editor

CHADRON, NEB — Ella Pedregon, a former cheerleader for the Pine Ridge Thorpes, has made it big. Recently Ella made the cut and is now a member of the Chadron State Eagles cheer team.

The NCAA Division II Eagles have built a reputation as a one of the premier college football programs in the entire country and Ella will find herself on the sidelines cheering for the team this fall.

According to Coach Ann Hanson, Head cheerleading coach for the Eagles, members of the team are chosen based on their performance in interviews, their ability to learn cheers, attitude, and what they have accomplished at the previous schools they have attended.

“She displayed all these qualities...I think she would make a good role model,” said Hanson. The daughter of Ted and Mona Pedregon, Ella, began cheering for the Pine Ridge Thorpes in the fifth grade. However according to Ella she began learning the trade at an even younger age when she would follow her sister Felicia to cheer events.

“I think I was probably 6 when I would go with my sister to her practices and games when she was cheering in high school,” said Ella. In order to be part of the cheerleading squad, members are required to maintain a 2.0 grade point average and carry a course load of at least 24 credit hours according to the Chadron State website.

Although Ella will be cheering in front of one of the larger crowds in division II football, the notion of leading the dedicated fans at Elliot Field in the Don Beebe Stadium does not intimidate her.

“I know that I will have more eyes on me and that I am on a bigger squad but I am looking forward to it. There are recruiters from NFL teams that come to our games but I think it will be good,” she said.

According to Coach Hanson the team will consist of 23 members and Ella was one of 6 chosen from the 19 that tried out for the team this year. “Ella brings a lot of responsibility,” said Hanson.

Ella had not planned on cheering at the college level but was enticed to tryout by Coach Hanson.

“I didn’t want to cheer anymore until I came on my campus tour and the coach asked me to tryout. If there are other girls out there that want to cheer I would tell them to go for it and that they can make it like I did. I didn’t think I could until I tried out and made the team,” said Ella.

The Eagles will play an eleven game season and will be eligible for postseason play if they qualify. Currently the Eagles are expected to finish second in their conference but the home field advantage that will be directed by Ella and the other members of her squad could tilt the tide in Chadron State’s favor.

(Contact Brandon Ecoffey at staffwriter2@nsweekly.com)

Copyright permission by Native Sun News


Copyright © Indianz.Com
More headlines...
Stay Connected:

Local Links:
Federal Register | Indian Gaming | Jobs & Notices | In The Hoop | Message Board
Latest News:
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe heads to election season (10/23)
Al Caroll: Recognize tribal sovereignty in new US Constitution (10/23)
Michael Baines: Senate candidate battles Alaska Native rights (10/23)
President Barack Obama urges early voting for Alaska Natives (10/23)
Ho-Chunk Nation woman named president of Girl Scouts board (10/23)
3rd Circuit won't force town to repatriate Jim Thorpe's remains (10/23)
Navajo Nation's top court orders new ballots without candidate (10/23)
Alaska Federation of Natives ready to open annual convention (10/23)
Alaska governor to sign Native languages bill six months later (10/23)
Rep. Don Young blames government 'largesse' for suicide rate (10/23)
Washington player says tattoo represents Cherokee heritage (10/23)
Crow Tribe seeks renewal of Indian Coal Production Tax Credit (10/23)
Native advocates come together to combat domestic violence (10/23)
Opinion: Tribes exploit loopholes in America's political system (10/23)
Otoe-Missouria Tribe announces plans for new gaming facility (10/23)
Rival leaders of Chukchansi Tribe to meet amid casino closure (10/23)
Navajo Nation challenges lawsuit over death of casino patron (10/23)
Law Article: Judge restricts BIA authority in Class III dispute (10/23)
Column: Election won't end North Fork off-reservation casino (10/23)
Eyapaha Today: Oneida singer follows in mother's footsteps (10/22)
Native Sun News: Candidate seeks investigation into program (10/22)
Ivan Star Comes Out: Lakota people disrespect our language (10/22)
Cedric Sunray: Standing together to fight tribal disenrollment (10/22)
SCIA to hold listening session at NCAI on Indian education bill (10/22)
FNDI urges passage for Indian Teacher Loan Forgiveness Act (10/22)
Chumash Tribe praises BIA movement on land-into-trust bid (10/22)
Steven Newcomb: The role of Latin in empire and colonization (10/22)
Christopher Chavis: Navajo court got it wrong in fluency case (10/22)
Navajo Nation presidential hopeful to be removed from ballot (10/22)
Aging BIA school on Navajo Nation awaits replacement funds (10/22)
Review: NMAI treaties exhibit underscores misunderstandings (10/22)
Alaska Native elders and youth share issues at annual meeting (10/22)
Shinnecock Nation allows felons to hold office in certain cases (10/22)
2nd Circuit hears appeal from former chairman of Pequot Tribe (10/22)
Rep. Don Young criticized for comments to high school students (10/22)
Candidates differ on Spokane Tribe's off-reservation casino bid (10/22)
Poarch Creeks to add hotel to casino with $65M expansion plan (10/22)
Salt River Tribe concerned about Tohono O'odham Nation casino (10/22)
North Fork Rancheria blames rival tribes for holding up compact (10/22)
Ballot proposal authorizes more Class III games in South Dakota (10/22)
Blog: Predictions for gaming with Hillary Clinton in White House (10/22)
Native Sun News: Activists take annual swim to Alcatraz Island (10/21)
more headlines...

Home | Arts & Entertainment | Business | Canada | Cobell Lawsuit | Education | Environment | Federal Recognition | Federal Register | Forum | Health | Humor | Indian Gaming | Indian Trust | Jack Abramoff Scandal | Jobs & Notices | Law | National | News | Opinion | Politics | Sports | Technology | World

Indianz.Com Terms of Service | Indianz.Com Privacy Policy
About Indianz.Com | Advertise on Indianz.Com

Indianz.Com is a product of Noble Savage Media, LLC and Ho-Chunk, Inc.