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Erica Rheinschmidt brings fresh perspective to Xavier cheer units

HS journalism: New coach is former Decorah, Luther cheerleader

CEDAR RAPIDS — A fresh face arrived at Xavier High School this winter.

Erica Rheinschmidt is the new winter cheer coach and, with lots of experience, is hoping for big things from the Xavier cheerleading squads.

“I started cheerleading as a seventh-grader at Decorah Middle School, and I cheered for football and basketball through my senior year at Decorah,” she said. “After high school, I cheered for both football and basketball for four years at Luther College.”

Rheinschmidt applied for the position because she liked the size and atmosphere at Xavier. It reminded her of her high school experience.

“I love that the entire Xavier community really supports all the teams,” Rheinschmidt said.

Rheinschmidt is technically the winter season cheer coach, but she stepped in for her sister, Alissa Sabers, after Sabers gave birth to her child during the football playoff season.

Rheinschmidt’s main goal for the winter months is a simple one — all cheerleaders should have fun cheering and be great supporters of winter sports at Xavier.

This goal is shared by the girls she coaches, as well.

“My goal for this season is to support the Saints as much as I can and help bring more school spirit to Xavier,” varsity cheerleader Lauren Nelson said.

Nelson has high hopes for the basketball season with her coach and her teammates.

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“I’m really excited to see what basketball cheer brings,” she said. “Our coach, Erica, is one of the most organized yet flexible people I know. She is able to schedule every girl in games that work for them, and is able to fix schedules at the last minute if need be.”

The girls’ basketball and wrestling cheerleaders cheer at all home events. The wrestling team hosts Prairie on Thursday and the girls’ basketball entertains City High on Friday.

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