Athlete of the Week: Chippewa Falls musical athletes

By: Jenn Chapman Email
By: Jenn Chapman Email

Friday night lights...the football players take the field, the cheerleaders on the sideline and the marching band performs at half time. And for a few chi high students, they do more than one activity."

"Football, I just get this adrenaline rush that I can completely push my body to any limit I can see fit," says football player and drum major Jon Hansen. "In band it's a very controlled adrenaline rush that you have to be very precise and focused."

"Cheerleading, to me, tests my strengths a lot more and my fears," says cheerleader and piccolo player, Danielle Perry. "Marching band, you need to get more focused and in the zone."

"After a competition in the band, after that last step you take, you kind of feel that same feeling as if you're winning a football game," adds football player and drummer, Kendall Keegan.

With some summer days demanding a full slate of practice and rehearsals between 9am to 9pm, no complaints are uttered. In fact the reward is so great that all involved hope the tradition continues.

"We're trying to create well rounded people, and the best way to do that is to do as much as you can and do, to do it well. Don't burn yourself out," says band director, Mike Renneke. "But it's a very doable relationship. All the coaches, all the teachers understand that our first job is to create well rounded people."

"Well it's exhausting and you get a lot stronger and I have a lot more endurance, that's the physical side of it," says captain of both the cheerleading squad and color guard, Kayty Brick.

"But mentally it's just really cool to be a part of such a big family," adds Brick.

"Marching band is a great group of people there and football is a great group of people too, so I wouldn't quit either one, I would do both," says Forrest Cleven-Peterson.

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