Sunday, July 31, 2011
Congrats to Jaclyn and Christina!
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
This week's Jills Photo of The Week comes from the Uniform Unveiling and features a pair of Jills Ambassadors posing for the camera as they were waiting for fans to come by on their way into the stadium. Shown here are Shannon and Reena. Shannon is a rookie on the squad this year and hails from Canada. Reena danced with the Jills last year but switches to being an Ambassador for 2011. While not seeing her on the sidelines will be disappointing, fans going to the 97Rock or Shredd and Ragan Tailgate parties this year will love it. She's definitely a lot more than just a pretty face as her personality is just as beautiful as her smile.
From the Bandettes we have another pic from the Knighthawks game in April. This week, we look at Chrissy and Lauren B. Chrissy was a rookie on the squad in 2011 and was one of the quieter girls on the Bandettes at the start of the season but loosened up by the end of the season. Lauren B was in her 2nd year on the squad and has never been accused of being quiet. She loves the fighting that goes on in lacrosse but really loves the camera, so much so that she got lots of camera time during the big Toronto halftime show with the Jills last fall.
From the BvB, we feature 2nd year vet Francine. She's shown posing at last year's Victory Party with Coach Nick, a trainer at Gold's Gym who loves getting to work with Buffalo Jills past and present. Francine joined the Jills in 2000 with Omarlla, Eileen and Nichole but didn't want to put in as much time as they have done, retiring after 5 years on the squad, in 2004. She didn't lose the itch to perform however, and was one of the Jills alumni who joined the Jills and Bandettes as part of the largest regular season halftime show ever put on in the NFL at last year's Bills-Bears game in Toronto. Francie-pants, as she's known to everyone in the BvB Buffalo organization, is a co-captain this year for the Brunettes and you can support the BvB by donating to any of the ladies involved at http://bvbbuffalo2011.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=475491&lis=1&kntae475491=960EFB1F1859427B9C2FD7799BAF4BAE
Monday, July 25, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
Finally, the Jills have received their new uniforms for the 2011-2012 season and they were able to get their photoshoot done for posters and the Jills' website. Now it's true that the style hasn't changed much at all...they did make changes just last year, afterall. However, they did have to make a few changes with logo and color scheme. Check out the video shot by FCI Photography while they worked on the shoot!
This week's Jills Photo of The Week comes from the Uniform Unveiling held last month at the stadium and features 4 of the girls on their way out for their second performance of the event. Shown smiling for the camera are Melissa, Myesha, and Christina with Amanda V getting in the shot behind them. Obviously everyone is familiar with Christina, now in her 6th season on the squad and her 2nd full season as a captain. I still remember her rookie season and how she's grown so much since then but even back then, everyone in Jills management expected big things from her and she's definitely delivered. Amanda V is in her 2nd season on the squad and is known outside the Jills as well as to us after having spent time traveling the country as a dance and cheer instructor. Melissa is a rookie with the Jills but if she's actually unknown to anyone reading this blog, then you must be new. I've actually known Melissa longer than even Christina as she spent 6 1/2 seasons with the Bandettes including the last several as a co-captain and a captain. Myesha is another of the rookies on the dance squad and other than the obvious, how stunning she is, I really don't know anything else to say about her so far but I'm sure that will change over the next few months.
Our Bandettes Photo of The Week comes from the April game against Rochester. Shown smiling for the camera at the pregame autograph session are close friends Noelle and Lauren S. Both of these ladies are in the nursing field with rookie Noelle working as a registered nurse. Lauren, a certified nurse's assistant, finished up her 3rd season as a Bandette as an acting captain through the final 2 games of the season and through the playoffs.
Our featured BvB player is 2nd year Blonde team member Amanda F, a co-captain for her team this year. She's shown posing after last year's game with some of the girls she's been coaching in cheering who came out to support her. Amanda is one of the most active Jills and Bandettes alumni the last few years. After spending the 2001-03 seasons as a Jill, she spent 2006-07 as a Bandette. Then, after joining up with BvB last year with some former squadmates, she was one of the alumni who joined the Jills and Bandettes in Toronto for the big halftime performance with the rock group Hinder. She wasn't finished however as she joined several other Bandettes alumni and the 2011 Bandettes dancing at the Bandits-Blazers game April 16. She's also planning on joining about 50 other Jills alumni for a special pregame performance with the Buffalo Jills on October 9th.
You can show your support for Amanda at http://bvbbuffalo2011.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=475491&supid=297189338 or any of the other participants in this year's Blondes Vs Brunettes game at http://bvbbuffalo2011.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=475491&lis=1&kntae475491=3671D30C11474EBCAB83D8B51C6B7360
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
KatieLee, who lives at the Woodlands in the Town of Lockport suffered multiple strokes and was life-lined by helicopter from Buffalo to the Cleveland Clinic where open-heart surgery was performed.
There will be a basket raffle at Buffalo Wild Wings. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Buffalo Jills will be on hand to sign autographs and hand out photos.
Squire Whites and the Nathan George Foundation announced The Third Annual Nathan George Memorial Co-ed Softball Classic will be held Saturday, Aug. 13 at Promenschenkel Stadium and the School No. 7 softball field, beginning at 8 a.m.
Food and beverages will be available by Don Bennice, Franklin Honey and Apples, Boston Hotel Steak and Crabhouse, Willow Creek Winery, Coughlin's and 41 West. All events are family-friendly and will feature music by Dynamite Sound, bounce house by Pump It Up, face painting, 50/50 drawings and appearances by the Buffalo Jills. An awards celebration will take place at 41 West immediately following the tournament.
Finally, the Jills' new uniforms are now in and they're already working on getting their photos together for the 2011-12 season in the new outfits. You can expect to start seeing the girls in the new uniforms any day now and there are still a few tickets left for the first time you can see the entire squad in the new uniforms, at the 9th Annual Buffalo Jills Golf Tournament! Get all the details and registration info at http://buffalojills.net/Article.asp?id=2217842&spid=34534
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Living in the Southern Tier of Western NY, it isn't always feasible to catch a lot of the local bands out of Buffalo with most of their performances over an hour and a half away so when a band I know makes it closer, I'm sure to make it out to see them if I can. Last night, Jills alumnus Aimee L (2003) and her band The Teasers trekked down from Lockport to Dunkirk to put on a show at Walleye Willie's and the bar that held about 20 people when I arrived, was getting pretty full during the show which had the band putting a great performance together with a wide variety of hits. See all the pics at http://buffaloprocheerbuffalojills.shutterfly.com/pictures/25609 and find out more about The Teasers and where they're playing at https://www.facebook.com/theteasers
At this time last week, The Teasers show was the only one I planned to see but a few days ago, I found out that another singing Jills alumnus, Ashlee A from the 2005 Ambassador Squad, had just joined up with Disco Duck, the very same group that Aimee sang with for a few years herself. As luck would have it, they were playing just a few miles away so after a couple sets with the Teasers, I trekked north for about 20 minutes until I came to Sunset Bay, one of Western New York's most popular beach clubs where Ashlee and Disco Duck had the whole club jumping already only moments into their 2nd set of the evening. They even brought a group of women on stage for a rendition of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" and one of them came back on stage to play drums for some good old rock 'n'roll. See all the pics at http://buffaloprocheerbuffalojills.shutterfly.com/pictures/25648 and find out where they're playing at http://www.thediscoduckband.com/ They're still working on updating their site with Ashlee only joining up recently.
Friday, July 15, 2011
From the Jills, we have a picture taken at the Bills' Uniform Unveiling Ceremony last month. Shown posing for the camera while greeting fans entering the stadium are Alyssa and Miranda. Alyssa needs no introduction to anyone, I'm sure. For one thing, she's up on the walls of many Jills fans as one of the Jills featured in July 2011 in the last Jills calendar. For another, she's going into her 3rd season as a Jill after winning Ambassador rookie of the year in 2009 and Outstanding Ambassador in 2010...no big surprise to anyone who knows her. Miranda is one of the rookies on the Ambassador Squad even though her goal was dance. At the Jills Optional Workshop held at Gold's Gym before 1st cuts, choreographer Kelli Wagner definitely noticed her and said she looked a little like another 3rd year vet, dance co-captain Loren. Let's hope Miranda puts in a career as long as Loren has so far at least.
From the BvB, we have a pic from last year's BvB kickoff party and features Danielle posing with Christina and Taryn of the Jills. This will be Danielle's 3rd year playing in the game after winning the Brunette's MVP award in 2009. She spent the 1998-2002 seasons with the Buffalo Jills with her final season being a part of the Jills Ambassador Squad. You can throw your support to her this year at http://bvbbuffalo2011.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=475491&lis=1&kntae475491=2CA8235A1424439C9C182AA9D4ED8B7B&supId=267056255 or any of the other Blondes and Brunettes at http://bvbbuffalo2011.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=475491&lis=1&kntae475491=2CA8235A1424439C9C182AA9D4ED8B7B
Monday, July 11, 2011
In the past four years my life has emulated a roller coaster ride. The peaks have included family time, traveling, making the Buffalo Jills cheerleading squad, interning at Channel 2, getting a 4.0 in college, and traveling. I've bottomed out with two life-changing illnesses, the death of my grandmother, the murder of a friend, the tragic death of a young girl friend, and three young friends taking their own lives.
I don’t think anything could have prepared me for the rocky road I encountered after graduating from Orchard Park High School but after the long storm the sun has began to shine again.
The experiences that I’ve had in the past few years have changed my life drastically. I’ve learned how to love, to appreciate, to be thankful, and to be strong. The phrase “don’t sweat the small stuff” has a whole new meaning to me today.
Read the rest of Katy's WGRZ Blog entry at http://elmwood.wgrz.com/news/health/6-months-after-surgery-former-nfl-cheerleader-gets-new-outlook-life/57082
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Riznyk grew up in Orchard Park, NY about five minutes away from the Bills’ football stadium. She has a 25-year-old sister who is currently attending medical school in Chicago, the same school her father attended. When she graduates she will be a partner at the medical practice her father opened up in Orchard Park, and Riznyk’s mother is the property manager of a medical park. When Katie speaks about her family she can’t help but gleam:
Read the rest of Heather's story on her squadmate at http://proplayerinsiders.com/from-hometown-student-to-nfl-swimsuit-cover-model/
Friday, July 8, 2011
You can read more about Meghan at http://buffalojills.net/article.asp?id=1961231
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
There’s a new dance team in New York State. The Jamestown Iron Maidens who will be an integral part of the new NAHL hockey team, The Jamestown Ironmen.
The pre-audition workshop is set for Saturday July 9th from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.. Tryouts will be at the Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena on Saturday July 16th, in Jamestown N.Y. (the home of Lucille Ball!)
Friday, July 1, 2011
Even though she was an early departure from the squad in 2009, she showed no signs of rust in tryouts as she showed the judges, as well reminded those of who know her, that she's more than just a pretty face....she's also an outstanding dancer as seen at 1st cuts when trying out alongside rookie Emily.