SULPHUR — Just across the street from the Sulphur football practice field sits an armory building.

SULPHUR — Just across the street from the Sulphur football practice field sits an armory building.

It is perhaps ironic that inside this building lies a team and a program which is more than battled tested.

The team is the Sulphur High School Co-Ed cheer squad, and this Saturday for the seventh straight year, they will be making a trip to the state competition.

This time around they will be traveling to the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, where they hope to finally bring home the title which has escaped their grasp for so long.

Sulphur has managed to bring home the academic state title the last two years, but this season, they are hoping for a much bigger title in the competition.

“Each year we just continue to grow in our skills and our past experiences,” Sulphur coach Destiny Baker said. “Every time we go it just gets more special. The amount of dedication these kids have to cheer and in the classroom is awesome. They are leaders on the floor and in the school as well.”

Last week at the regional competition in the small Co-Ed division, SHS was one point away from being regional champions. It’s something Baker says has given them belief and motivation in their preparation for the state competition.

“We dropped a stunt and we were one point away,” she said. “If we don’t drop that stunt then I have no doubt we’d have been regional champions. It’s definitely given them an extra spring in their step this week and they have been working so hard practicing.”

“Sulphur cheer has always done a great job building itself up as a program,” Baker added. “But I think we are all ready to break down that wall, and show that we aren’t just an established program, we are the best program.”

SHS will have its moment to prove itself when it takes to the floor on Saturday at 3:50 p.m. following Henryetta.

Other teams competing in the small Co-Ed division include Newark, defending state champion Oklahoma Christian School, Pauls Valley, Bridge Creek, Stigler, Bristol, Newcastle, Sequoyah Tahlequah, Cache, Jenks, Deer Creek, Choctaw, Mustang, Edmond North, Union, Southmoore and Yukon.

Last year Sulphur managed to fight its way into the top five with 243 points, earning two more points than sixth placed Bridge Creek. Newcastle, Newkirk and Blackwell rounded out the top four.

“We have a legacy to live up to,” senior Payton Massey said. “Every year I’ve been in this program we have gone to state. It just gives me that much more excitement, because we want to make it count this year.”

“We were one point away from a regional championship and we’ve seen that this is possible for us this season,” Massey added. 

“Thinking about being a state champion gives me chills. Winning a state title would give us that much more recognition.”

Fellow senior Tessa Davis added she’s looking forward to the return trip to state, and believes her squad has what it takes to achieve its ultimate goal.

“We have a goal and we know we can reach it,” she said. “This is our year. To be able to bring home the title this year would be amazing for us.”

Sulphur cheer has already had a busy September, having competed and placed sixth at the first ever OSSAA Game Day competition in the Class 4A division.

Sulphur earned its place in the finals with a fifth place prelim round.

Another senior who is aiming to make an impact with the squad is Luke Perry, who echoed his teammates thoughts about returning to state. 

“We’re in the running for this and last week at regionals really helped us understand and realize the potential we have as a team,” he said. “There’s so much talent on this squad and we’re just ready to get out there and show people what we can do.”