Archived Highlights


Classic photos available

Photographs taken at the 2008 Fredonia State Blue Devil Cheerleading Classic, held Jan. 27 at Steele Hall, are available for purchase from a professional photographer who attended the event. Contact Fredonia State cheerleading coach Katie Pucci-Schaefer for more information by e-mailing

Fredonia State fifth at UCA College Nationals

    The Fredonia State cheerleaders finished fifth at the Universal Cheerleaders Association College Nationals at Disney's Wide World of Sports, held Jan. 19 at Orlando, Fla. The Blue Devils, competing in the All Girls Division II category, performed twice during the competition, first to make it into the final eight, and then during finals. Video links to their performances are available on the website. The University of West Georgia won the event, followed by Southern Connecticut State, Fairmont State, the College of New Jersey, Fredonia State, Concord, Scranton, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Misercordia, and Avila. Each team wasjudged on crowd-leading ability, practicality, difficulty and execution, partner stunts, pyramids, baskets tosses, tumbling, and overall presentation. The Blue Devils entered the competition Saturday with a perfect score of 15 crowd-score points after judges looked at submitted videotapes of all the team leading cheers at their respective schools.

How to make the Fredonia State team

Tryouts are held each spring for enrolled students. In addition, high school students are encouraged to send a tryout video tape and three letters of reference to Coach Pucci-Schaefer. Her mailing address is Dods Hall, Fredonia State University, Fredonia, N.Y. 14063.


Donation made to Breast Cancer Foundation

The Fredonia State cheerleaders hosted 115 teams at their annual competition held on Sunday, January 28, 2007. The event raised $1,500 to benefit the American Cancer Society's "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Foundation." The Blue Devil cheerleaders would like to thank all of the teams for making this year's event another success.

Devils ninth at 2007 UCA nationals

The Fredonia State cheerleading team competed in the Universal Cheerleaders Association Nationals on January 13, 2007, at Disney Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla. The Blue Devils were the lone NCAA Division III team competing in the All Girl II division. The team finished ninth in the division. Click here for more: UCA College Nationals All Girl II results.


The Fredonia State cheerleaders finished third in their division at the United Spirit Association nationals in Las Vegas ...

Fredonia State will compete with three other squads for a United Spirit Association show cheerleading title Monday at Las Vegas ...


Fredonia State wins national competition

The Fredonia State cheerleaders build a pryamid outside The Magic Kingdom during their February 2005 trip to Disney World in Orlando, Fla., for a cheering competition. ORLANDO, Fla. - The Fredonia State cheerleaders won a national competition Sunday at the Contest of Champions Cheer, Studio, and Dance/Drill Nationals. The 22-member team won the All-Girls Elite Open Division title. The elite level of competition is defined by the 2 1/2 high pyramids and back rotating tosses that are performed. The elite competition, held at the Walt Disney World Wide World of Sports complex, drew 23 teams from New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Florida.

Among the teams Fredonia State competed against were the: Orlando Flames (Orlando, Fla.), Extreme Cheer (Glasgow, Fla.), Kats All Stars (Kennett Square, Pa.), Orlando Flames II (Orlando Fla.), Charlotte All Stars-Purple (Matthews, N.C.), Orlando Flames III (Orlando Fla.), Lake Mary Stars (Longwood, Fla.), Florida Sharks (Valrico, Fla.), Star Tyme Stars (Sterling , Mass.), Polk County Galaxy (Auburndale, Fla.), CTC Stars (Danbury, Conn.), Ultimate Cheer (Albany, N.Y.), Keystone Comets (Secane, Pa.), Extreme (Cohoes, N.Y.), CNY Storm (Syracuse, N.Y.), Cheer Florida (Coconut Creek, Fla.), Star Tyme All Stars II (Sterling, Mass.), and the Charlotte All Stars (Matthews, N.C.).

In the overall rankings, Fredonia State placed 17 of 76 teams with 233.1 points. The grand champions Polk County Galaxy received 250.8 points.

The Fredonia State cheerleaders have joined forces with the Locks of Love organization to assist children from financially disadvantaged families who have experienced medical hair loss ...


Successful season for Devil cheerleaders

The Fredonia State cheerleaders added more regional championships during the 2003-04 season. The Blue Devils performed a nearly flawless routine to emerge as champs of the Kiss 98.5 Cheer for the Cure competition at the University at Buffalo's Alumni Arena.

The team received good marks from the judges in the following categories: high energy, tumbling, stunting and dance routine. They were competing against five other regional teams in the all-girl division. In their second regional competition of the season, the Blue Devils outscored teams from Mercyhurst and Gannon by a decisive 14 points. The competition was held on the campus of Penn State Behrend.

The titles earned during the 2003-04 season were a continuation of the programÂ’s growth and success in recent years. The highlight came during the 2002-03 school year. Competing entirely against NCAA Division 1 squads, the Blue Devils were second in their division - to eventual grand champion Long Beach State - at the USA Collegiate Nationals held in Las Vegas.

The 2003-04 season marked the departure of former Blue Devil cheerleader and long-time coach Monica White. She left Fredonia State, where she also served as director of multicultural affairs, to take a similar position at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Katie Pucci-Schaefer has assumed the sole head coaching duties after serving as co-coach with White for the past several seasons.


Second in division at nationals

The Fredonia State varsity cheerleading team finished second in its division at the finals of the USA Collegiate Nationals at Las Vegas. It was Fredonia State's first national competeition in four years and most likely its best-ever national showing, co-head coach Monica Brown said.

Competing entirely against NCAA Division I schools, the Blue Devils compiled 86.6 of a possible 100 points. They were runners-up to Long Beach State, which was later awarded the grand champion trophy for scoring the most points of all 38 teams at nationals. The University of California-San Diego was third and the University of Mexico fourth in Fredonia State's division, comprised of four-year schools regardless of NCAA affiliation. The Blue Devils also bested the University of California-Riverside, Northern Arizona, Pepperdine, and the University of California-Santa Cruz.

Members of the team were senior co-captains Aimee Maggio and Carly Pappas; seniors Jen Gugino, Megan Zaffalon, and Stacie Murphy; junior Krissy Lodberg; sophomores Natalie Boynton, Emily Dibb, Kelly McLeod, Gina Vigliotti, and Kristen Ganzenmuller; and freshmen Kristen Bithorn, Christina Castro, Erin Coughlin, Heather Coniglio, Kristin Owczarczak, and Megan Sreniawski. The other co-head coach was Katie Pucci-Schaefer.

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