• Jesse Heaton

    Jesse Heaton

    Graduate Student
    Heyworth, IL
    Doctor of Physical Therapy

    Jesse's Bio:
    I graduated in 2015 with a B.S. in Exercise Physiology and am now in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program here at CSS. I played on the baseball team at CSS for four years. I was also a statistics tutor and currently work as personal care assistant in Duluth. I love the outdoors, hunting fishing, hiking, etc. While being at St. Scholastica I have noticed the “family” atmosphere and I am truly enjoying every second of it.

  • Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Senior
    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Senior
    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Shivani Singh

    Junior
    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Sophomore
    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

  • Laila Zemar

    Sophomore
    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Jason Chavez

    Senior
    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Bryan Chavez

    Junior
    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Senior
    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

  • Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

    Katelyn Gehling

    Junior
    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Junior
    Mora, MN
    Biology

  • Laura Salazar

    Senior
    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Jin Baek

    Senior
    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    Senior
    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Malvern Madondo

    Senior
    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

  • Neena Koslowski

    Junior
    Apple Valley, MN
    Management

Breakfast Club – Road Trip Tradition

You want to hear a little bit of tradition about the Saints Baseball Program? Well let me share with you one tradition that originated in 2008. I texted the 3 founders this morning if I could hear about the origins of the “Breakfast Club”, any wise words for current or prospective members, and if they had any favorite memory/meal. All 3 were honored and responded quickly.

Mr. Steve Gerten (’10) had to say…

“Thank you so much for reaching out. Before we begin our conversation pertaining to The Roadie Breakfast Crew, or as us members of this sacred and elite club are more notably known as – The Rise N’ Shine Crew I’d like to bring you through it’s rich history.

The Rise N’ Shine crew began during the 2008 season. I was just a sophomore at the time (much like yourself) and had always had a passion for continental breakfasts growing up. In my mind, nothing could top 2 freshly hand-crafted waffles stuffed with peanut butter and a tall glass of vending machine style OJ. The problem was that sometimes I would wake up late and there would always be a long-line for the coveted waffle iron slots. I knew something needed to change but I knew I couldn’t go at this alone. What we lacked was true leadership to rally a bunch of individuals towards a common enjoyable past-time. What I needed to do was do a little research to prove to others that waking up earlier to eat breakfast and then heading back to bed was actually a great practice.

When I started doing some digging the results were overwhelming, sleeping in and scrambling to get a few precious morsels of food prior to the bus leaving was TERRIBLE…. in fact it was just plain STUPID!

I’ll let you do the research on the benefits of breakfast in general as well as breaking up your sleep cycle to consume some well needed calories, but did you know that eating a slow digesting protein before bed (e.g. $5 Hot N’ Ready’s as was the norm on roadies) and waking up in the early morning to re-fuel can really improve anabolic activity? AND, did you know that it typically takes the average human 7-10 hours to fully digest a large pizza…meaning if we wake up earlier, consume a nutritious breakfast and go back to bed – this gives us enough time to take that much needed morning pooh prior to game time? This can mean the difference between a single vs. a double or scoring from 2nd on a bouncer through the left side to win the regional…

With this information in hand I began to recruit and build a base of loyal followers who shared my vision. Like a true salesman, I went door to door selling this “crazy” idea of asking my teammates to join me at 6am down in the lobby when the team wouldn’t be asked to leave until 4 hours later. I was scoffed and ridiculed and pretty disheartened…did you know that I even contemplated transferring to Crown for this very reason?

But my prayers were answered on March 20th, 2008 before a game vs. Buena Vista College. I had just sat down, Star Tribune Sports section in hand, when someone retracted the paper from my site and I saw him…. Andrew Manos had descended down from the 3rd floor of the Hilton that we were staying in, although it was as if he had descended from the heavens. He told me it was my passion and drive that lead to his appearance that day, but I believe that he knew deep down in his heart that it was the right thing to do….

From that day on we enjoyed laughs and sorrows, sometimes speaking, sometimes just taking in the scenery of the early morning SportsCenter edition. We added the likes of Paul ‘PK’ Kolodge and Thomas ‘Jubes’ Juberian shortly there after until we eventually had to split into 2 different tables with the increased hype and awareness surrounding our group – which was one of the happier days in my life. There is no better feeling than looking back on all of the trials and tribulations and thinking to yourself, “I made it! I built this!”

With that I leave you with this…. I don’t judge those lazier individuals who would rather lay on their backs as opposed to Carpe Diem’ing during important road games…it’s just I choose not to align myself with their lifestyles and I think they are lesser humans for it. The fact of the matter is I’d be lying to you if The Rise N’ Shine crew wasn’t on a different level than these “people”. We don’t segregate anyone, that’s what makes us great. We simply ask that you respect this sacred time and you truly honor and respect the expectations that are bestowed upon you during the early hours of the day.”

Here is what Mr. Andrew Manos (’11) had to say…

“Back in the spring of 2009 Steve Gerten, Tom Juberian and I shared stories of how there was nothing better than to wake up early and share a nice breakfast with friends. Thus, the following morning we woke up at 5:55 and walked down to the continental breakfast just as they were putting it out. With our plates full or yogurt, fruit and hotel waffles, a tradition was born, The Breakfast Club. Following our hearty breakfast, back to bed we went. Any of us would tell you there was no better sleep than the coma you would fall into after a ‘Breakfast Club meeting.’

We didn’t have any paperwork or authority for The Club but we were always extending invitations to other teammates to join us. And so it grew. Over my next 3 springs I shared breakfasts with over 30 different teammates. If you ever were to ask one of the three founding fathers how The Breakfast Club came to be, they would humbly tell you about the great Saints tradition. Our greatest dream was that The Club would continue and grow long after we passed through the program. May many stories be shared and memories made at Breakfast Club Meetings on the morning of a Saints baseball game for years to come.

My favorite meal was French toast, peanut butter and maple syrup with a cup of coffee and yogurt.”

Mr. Tom Juberian (’12) had to say…

“The Breakfast Club was started by myself, Manos, and Gerty. The thing about the breakfast club that is special is that there are no boundaries and it does not judge. People come and go but you may be granted membership by consistent attendance and keeping any complaints about how early it is to themselves. Overall I’d have to say my fondest memories would be any hotel with French toast…and always the most important piece is taking a nap after attending.”

——————–

The first breakfast club meal for the 2013 season was today. There was a pretty nice group of 6 guys, led by seniors and “Breakfast Club” veterans, Tyler Olin and Thomas Jezierski. Also in attendance were senior Michael Swenson and Jake Nystrom, freshman Jake Kushke, as well as myself. I will say that the meal was pretty decent – I was most impressed with my waffle not sticking to the waffle make…gotta love that!

Both Tom and Ty were pretty happy about the numbers this morning but both have high hopes to add a few more members as the year goes on.

I interviewed fellow breakfast club member, Thomas “T, Dump, Jez, Stinky Pig, Fat Tom, T-Money, Coach, Super Lips Jr.” Jezierski, asking about the timing of today’s breakfast club meal. This is what he had to say, “I think we got here at the right time because when 6 o’clock rolls around theirs a 3 minute window where you better be here or you better wait because you’re not getting anything between then.” Continental breakfast is a hot commodity these days and us “Rise ‘N Shine” members know all about that. This morning’s breakfast was held at 6am. You think it’s absurd we wake up that early on game day…we beg to differ.

Photo from this morning (left to right…Jake Kuschke, Tyler Olin, Thomas Jezierski, Michael Swenson, and Jake Nystrom).

I hope you enjoyed this little piece of rich tradition of the Saints baseball program.

Tags: ,

Comments are closed.