MADILL — To get from Madill High School to McAlester High School takes approximately an hour and 49 minutes, or around 100 miles, give or take.

MADILL — To get from Madill High School to McAlester High School takes approximately an hour and 49 minutes, or around 100 miles, give or take.

While the drive might seem out of the way or difficult to most, to three Madill High School cheerleaders, the journey was well worth it this past weekend.

Madison Jowers, Bailey Stone and Brooklyn Erwin all made the trip along with their coach Nicole Erwin, and all three Lady Wildcats came back with something to celebrate about as they were named All-Region selections, making them eligible to try out for All-State cheer. 

“It was a very tough process, and it’s very competitive as well,” Stone said. “We had to perform the same cheer. A lot of what we were judged on was how we projected our voice, and how good our technique was on jumps and other stunts.”

“It’s a great honor to even make All-Region and get to represent Madill High School like this.”

For coach Erwin, while she was thrilled to have three members of her squad make the All-Region team, she said the process to get there was nerve-racking to say the least.

“Preparing to tryout and not knowing exactly what the competition would be just made everything more exhilarating,” Nicole said. “As a coach, I was worried my girls might freeze up or miss their tumbling pass. But when they were all three named All-Region, it just felt like all of their hard work was paying off.”

“Getting to see them try out for All-State cheer was a major accomplishment as well,” Nicole added. “It’s not something many people can say they have been able to do. I’m very proud of all these girls and all the hard work they put into this process.”

For Brooklyn Erwin, the most intense part wasn’t cheering in front of people she didn’t know, it was playing the waiting game afterwards.

“Jumping and tumbling is natural for myself and the other girls,” Brooklyn said. “It’s just what we do on Friday nights. Waiting for the results was the most intense part of the process. Creating my cheer and making it perfect was difficult, but knowing it was going to set me apart from everyone else gave me a lot of joy.”

“When I found out all three of us had made it, it gave me a lot of pride for my school,” Brooklyn added. “Knowing we were all moving on to the state level was very exciting.”

Madison Jowers added the opportunity to be named All-Region is a chance to represent not only Madill High School, but the community as well.

“It was a lot of hard work to get there to All-Region, but also a lot of fun,” Jowers said. “It’s a very special thing to be named as an All-Region selection. We have a chance to represent Madill in a positive way and show what can happen when you work hard at something.”