Tiger cheer hosts regionals on Saturday
The work of Broken Arrow Tiger Varsity Cheer to recapture the OSSAA Large Co-Ed State Cheerleading championship began this summer. The events leading up to the moment the title winner is announced begin Saturday as Broken Arrow High School hosts an OSSAA Cheer regional Saturday at Tiger Field House.
The full regional begins at Noon. The division in which BA Varsity Cheer will compete, Large Co-Ed, begins at 2:45 p.m.
The regional champion, runner-up, and all squads receiving 75 or more of the possible 100 points at regionals will advance to the state competition. The state championship is scheduled for Sept. 22, at Oral Roberts University Mabee Center. Competition times have not been set.
In June, team members worked on tumbling skills once a week and stunting and strength training twice a week. The “intensity picked up” in July, said varsity head cheer coach Amy Howe, as Tiger Cheer began putting their two-minute, 2018 routine together.
“I know it doesn’t seem like a lot, but you have to cram stunting, tumbling, jumps, pyramid and crowd involvement in that short amount of time period,” Howe said of the performance, which must be completed in two minutes. “It takes a lot of strength, stamina and teamwork to get through the routine.”
Coach Howe saw a streak of five consecutive Large Co-Ed Championships snapped last year by Bixby. It was the first time since 2012 that a Tiger cheerleader did not win a Large Co-Ed State Championship ring. The squad capture the Game Day State Championship, however.
“The team is amazing at encouraging each other and building each other up,” Howe said. “With their preparation and teamwork, they will be a force to regain that state title.”
Tickets for Saturday’s regional are $5 for adults and students.