PLAINVIEW — On a warm sunny fall afternoon, one might expect to see young high school students enjoying themselves outside doing various activities.

PLAINVIEW — On a warm sunny fall afternoon, one might expect to see young high school students enjoying themselves outside doing various activities.

However if one was to glance inside the Elementary Gymnasium just across the street from Plainview High School, they would see a group of young women working towards a common goal.

The group is none other than the Plainview High School varsity cheer squad, and the common goal has been the state competition and a better finish this season.

Saturday afternoon at the Lloyd Noble Center on the campus of the University of Oklahoma, the Lady Indians will have reached their destination. 

Last year, PHS made history by making the state competition for the first time in cheerleading. The Lady Indians managed a 13th place finish in the Class 4A division with a total score of 181 points.

Earlier this year, the Plainview cheer program had another historic first as Arielle Sauer was named the first ever All-State member for the Lady Indians.

“This is the most exciting time of the year for us,” Plainview coach Wendy Russell said. “We have a two week block with regionals and state being back-to-back weekends. We’ve got just a couple more days to fix some things and get everything ready. Our goal this year is to make it into the top five and better our position from last week.”

“When they announced Plainview last week at regionals my girls screamed in excitement,” Russell added. “Six squads were there to try out and only four made it. These girls deserve it and they have worked very hard for it."

“We just want to clean up the mistakes this week and give the best performance we can at state.”

Plainview managed to make its way through a competitive regional field last week at Chickasha High School, but will face an even tougher field as it takes to the floor in the Class 4A competition.

The Lady Indians are scheduled to perform fourth on Saturday at 1:33 p.m., with Hilldale, Inola, and Jones going before them.

Other teams in the Class 4A field include defending state champion Tuttle, Miami, Kingfisher, Blanchard, Sallisaw, Community Christian, Heritage Hall, Weatherford and Westville.

“It’s really special getting to go back with this being my senior year,” Co-Captain Bailey Brandenburg said. “This is only the second time in school history we’ve made it to state so it’s a great feeling for all of us. I felt very confident in this squad last week at regionals, and that we had made it to state. There’s so much positivity with all the support we are getting from everyone, and we have plenty of motivation to perform at our best at state.”

Fellow senior and co-captain Reace Downing added the Lady Indians are going to state this year with a much stronger mentality having made history last year.

“We have a great team this year, and I love every single girl on this squad,” she said. “It’s a great feeling being a leader on this team. Last year we made history by going to state, and it feels amazing having done it again this year.”

“We’re definitely a lot more confident this time.” Downing said. “We know what to expect out of the other teams, and what we need to do as a group to be successful. It would be amazing to go past what we are hoping to do and to bring home a trophy would be the best feeling ever.”