Misericordia University Cheerleading
301 Lake Street, Dallas, Pa 18612
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Misericordia Finishes 3rd

The Misericordia University cheerleading team enjoyed its best finish in school history at the 2014  Universal Cheerleading Association College Cheer and Dance Team National Championships, held Saturday January 18th in Orlando, FL. 
After a near flawless performance the Cougars finished second behind The College of New Jersey in the Division III college semi-finals.  During the final round of competition the Cougars fell to third behind TCNJ and Nassau Community College.  The team finished in front of local rivals Delaware Valley College and University of Scranton.
This was the program's sixth time completing all elements of qualification to appear at the national event. This year also marks the program's fourth time qualifying for the final round of competition. 
The Cougars are lead by senior captains Nicole Grim, Megan Zelonis, Sarah Richard, and Mallory Loughman, along with junior captain Jessica Reuther.
The Cougars are coached by  head coach Tara Sinclair and assistants Courtney Pentka and Amber Schmidt. 

2014 College Open All-Girl Results:
1.  The College of New Jersey, NJ
2.  Nassau Community College, NY
3.  Misericordia University, PA
4.  Fredonia State University, NY
5.  Avila University, KS

Sixth Annual Cougars for a Cure Fundraiser

The Misericordia University Cheer team held its 6th annual Cougars for a Cure campaign during the month of February.  The MU team raised $939 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  As in past years, the team designed and sold t-shirts to raise the funds; they also held 50/50s at the men's and women's home basketball games during the month of February. The Cougar Club assisted the cheerleaders with their efforts by donating an additional $200, bringing this year's donation to $1,139.00.   In the six years this event has been organized it has raised over $10,000 for St. Jude's Hospital.
The Misericordia University cheerleading program raised $1,710.00 for the American Cancer Society's effort to treat and cure Breast Cancer during September and October.  They presented their donation when they volunteered at theACS's "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" Walk at Kirby Park this past Saturday - October 18, 2014. This was the teams third consecutive year participating in the walk and raising money for the ACS.  The funds were raised by selling shirts to family, friends, and fans on campus, in the community and at home football games.  The popular t-shirt design was created by senior captains Cara Hill and Jessica Reuther.  The 50/50 at the Homecoming football game was also donated to the cause.  The team surpassed last year's donation by over $300 dollars. During the last three seasons the team has raised $4,887 for Breast Cancer Awareness, Research and Treatment.
Cheerleaders Raise $1,700+ for American Cancer Society

The Misericordia Cheerleading program welcomed 55 teams to the Anderson Center for its 11th Annual Cheerleading competition, Sunday, November 9.

The Berwick Eagles, Northwest Jets, Plains Yankees Rec teams and Wilkes-Barre Mini-Mohawks were some of the most accomplished teams in the morning session. 

Hazleton Area cheerleading program, Pittston Area varsity and Pocono Mountain West varsity were the highest-scoring teams in the afternoon session. 

In conjunction with the event, the MU cheerleading captains once again organized the Charity Cup Challenge to collect non-perishable items for local food pantries.

The participants answered the challenge by donating more than 1,600 canned and boxed food items.

Tunkhannock varsity, Northwest Junior rec team and Hanover Area Jr. Hawkeyes were the winners of the Charity Cup Challenge with more than 800 items between them.

The MU cheerleaders sorted and delivered those items to Bank Mountain Food Pantry and Fellowship Food Pantry in Dallas along with The Salvation Army
MU Cougars Host Annual Competition
Cheerleaders Engourage Teams to Give back to the Community in Annual Charity Cup Challenge
Above members of the Misercordia Cheer Team (K. Brown, C. Sees and M. Palmer) collect items for the food drive during the competition. 
Cougars Finish Fourth at College Nationals

The 2014-15 Misericordia University Cheerleading team kept the tradition of excellence alive at the 2015 UCA College Championship.  The team hot a solid routine in the semi-final round of competition and advanced into Division III finals for the fourth consecutive year. The team, led by senior captains Cara Hill, Jessica Reuther and Kelsey Wolsieffer, along with Junior captain Gina Baiamonte, finished fourth in this year's competition.   
Click here to view the FOX Sports show featuring the Misericordia Cheerleaders. 
    Strong Finish for Cougars at 
UCA Summer Camp
​    The Cougars are off to a strong start in the 2015-2016 season!  The team, comprised of 26 athletes, recently attended UCA's summer camp for college programs.  The four day camp experience proved to be a time of tremendous progress for this year's team  
    The Cougars produced strong results when competing against other DIII teams on the final day of camp.  They finished first is Sideline Performance and second in Game-Day Cheer.  The Misericordia team was announced Camp Champions in the Divison III All-Girl Category. 

   Student Athletes Earn Spot on Dean's List

    Congratulations to the members of the Misericordia Cheerleading team who achieved academic excellence during the 2015 fall semester. Seniors Gina Baiamonte, Kelly Keener, Danica Kuti and Erica Moore finished the semester with a 4.0. The remaining members of the senior class, Desiree Goble, Alyssa Auer and Miranda Bellas, were also named to the Dean’s List. Underclassmen Carly Sees, Nikki Bagoly, Kristin Robinson and Alexa Malloy also earned a spot on the Dean’s List.  
    Students must achieve a GPA of 3.55 or higher to appear on the Misericordia University Dean’s List. 
    The team finished this semester with a 3.4 GPA.  

    The Misericordia University cheerleaders attended the UCA College National Championship January 14-18, 2016. This was the program’s ninth time attending the championship and it marked the sixth time the team advanced to the final round of competition.  
    The Cougar cheerleaders finished fourth at this year’s championship.

Cougars Advance to Finals at the College Championship


The Misericordia University Cheerleaders finished the spring semester with a 3.66 team GPA. 

Seventeen members of the twenty-four member earned a 3.55 grade point average or better to be named to the university's Dean's List.

Gina Baiamonte was named class valedictorian with a perfect 4.00 and classmate Desiree Goble finished her final semester with a 4.00.

In addition to Baiamonte and Goble, congratulations to Alyssa Auer, Lyndsey Balzer, Nicolette Bagoly, Jordanne Brouse, Megan Davis, Paisha Glisson, Danica Kuti, Gabriella LaManna, Stephanie Monforte, Christina Moore, Erica Moore, Morgan Palmer, Kristin Robinson, Carly Sees and Becky Zaneski.

Baiamonte was a four-year member of the MU cheer team and served as team captain as a junior and senior. She achieved a 4.0 GPA in Bio/Chemistry and will continue to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor at The Commonwealth Medical College.

​    The Misericordia University cheerleaders organized the eighth annual Cougars for a Cure during the month of February. The charity efforts concluded at the men's home basketball game against Eastern University. The team raised funds by selling T-shirts, running 50/50 raffles and collecting donations. The cheerleaders raised $860 which will be donated to Saint Jude children's research Hospital.
Taking Place on:  Sunday, November 13, 2016
at Misericordia University's Anderson Center
Cougar Cheer & Dance Challenge
The 13th Annual
Come join the fun and excitement!  The Cougar Cheer and Dance Challenge welcomes all teams, individuals and stunt groups.  Last year over 50 teams participated in the Cougar Cheer/Dance Challenge. In addition, during our 5th annual Charity Cup Challenge, a total of 1,200+ canned and boxed food donations were collected allowing us to donate to three local food pantries.  Don't wait - register before October 1, 2016 and receive a $25 discount on your team's registration! Registration Deadline is Friday, October 28, 2016

Why select Misericordia's annual competition? Here is what we offer:
  • A timely competition - complete with a free program upon admission.
  • Three sessions so that friends and family are not stuck inside all day waiting for your team's performance and results.
  • A certified athletic trainer on-site for the entire event.
  • A nine panel performance floor and a 3 station warm-up area
  • Two panels of judges for the recreational cheerleading sessions and the mid-day individual and stunt group session. This allows for a smooth competition without any long breaks or pauses.
  • For high school and all-star teams we offer a panel of five judges - dropping the highest and lowest score to arrive at your final placement. This allows for more feedback and it provides you with the fairest results possible!
  • GRAND CHAMPIONS! A Grand Championship Award is presented in the morning and afternoon sessions. Medals will be awarded to the participants of the team winning the Grand Championship. In addition, because of the large number of registrations we receive every year in the individual divisions, we will also announce a grand champion for the individual performances during the mid-day session!

Please click here for registration forms, release form, score sheets, ​and more.