January 30, 2014

Cheerleaders from a 1949 yearbook when NJC was still called Sterling College (thus the ‘S’ on the uniform) shows how rich the history of cheering has been at the college.

NJC has had cheerleaders as far back as 1949. This photo from a 1949 yearbook when it was still called Sterling College (thus the ‘S’ on the uniform) shows how rich the history of cheering has been at the college. All past cheerleaders are invited to come back to campus for this year’s 20th Hoops Homecoming event on February 22nd.

Northeastern Junior College will celebrate its 20th annual Hoops Homecoming on Saturday, February 22 and some fun events are being planned. The current cheerleading squad at the college is inviting all past cheerleaders and pom pom girls to return to campus for the Homecoming festivities which will include performing at halftime during the balls games against Western Nebraska Community College. The NJC women will play at 4 p.m. and the men will play at 6 p.m.

According to Kristine Rodine, sponsor of the NJC cheer team this year and herself a former cheerleader at Northeastern, past cheerleaders will be asked to attend a meeting on February 15th to learn a routine and go over cheers. Realizing that some cheerleaders may live far away and cannot make two trips to Sterling, other arrangements for involvement at Homecoming can be made.  To find out more about this reunion of sorts, contact Rodine by email at plainsmenpoms@gmail.com or call her at 970-580-7721.

This year’s Hoops Homecoming will once again include the nice reception for alumni and their families in the mezzanine area of Jackson and Edwards Arena at the Bank of Colorado Event Center, sponsored by the Alumni Association. Alumni award recipients will be recognized and door prizes will be awarded.  The Northeastern teams have done well this year, especially the men’s team who is 19-2 at the time of this writing. The men play several pivotal games between in early February. Wins will clinch Northeastern’s ability to host the Region IX NJCAA Tournament which brings a great deal of basketball action and an economic influx to Logan County in early March. 

Watch for more news about Hoops Homecoming between now and February 22nd.