It might have been pouring down rain Tuesday afternoon, but there was no amount of inclement weather which could have put a damper on Karley Freeman’s special day.

It might have been pouring down rain Tuesday afternoon, but there was no amount of inclement weather which could have put a damper on Karley Freeman’s special day.

In front of her family, friends, and Plainview cheer coach Wendy Russell, the Lady Indians senior officially put pen to paper as she signed her National Letter of Intent to cheer for the Savage Storm at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant. 

Before letting one of her own sign her college dreams into reality, coach Russell had some special things to say about Freeman, who has been a member of the Lady Indians varsity cheer squad for two years.

“I’m super proud of Karley for making this leap and being able to cheer at the college level,” Russell said. “This is going to be very exciting for her. She was a great addition to the Plainview cheer squad, and her voice is just wonderful. I know she is going to do a great job at Southeastern.” 

For Freeman herself, the moment was just as special as she had envisioned it would be.

“I’ve been cheering my whole life,” she said. “I used to think when I was younger that cheerleading was my entire life. I’ve found through cheer that I have a lot more confidence in myself than I ever did before and it’s made me into the person I am today.”

Freeman added she had to go through a two-week tryout period which included a one week cheer clinic followed by a formal tryout process at Southeastern.

In addition to cheering for the Lady Indians varsity cheer squad, Freeman has also been involved with the Oklahoma Outlaws Cheer and Tumble competitive squad, which is based out of Ardmore.

The signing also capped off what has been a successful March for the Plainview cheer team when it comes to signings. 

Earlier in March, Mallory Graves signed to cheer in college at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. 

Another Plainview student involved with cheer also signed during the month of March as Jordan Lewis inked her National Letter of Intent with Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee. Lewis is also involved with the Oklahoma Outlaws Cheer and Tumble program. 

Freeman also had advice for younger girls who aren’t sure about their abilities or the prospect of being able to cheer in college.

“Everything happens for a reason in life,” she said. “I’d mainly tell those girls to have confidence in who they are and realize that God always has a better plan in mind for them no matter what happens.”

Freeman plans to study journalism in college.