LONE GROVE — One of the terms associated with cheer teams on a regular basis is family.

LONE GROVE — One of the terms associated with cheer teams on a regular basis is family.

The term was appropriate for Wednesday afternoon inside the Lone Grove High School Library, where Samantha Parsons wasn’t just joined by her regular family, but her cheer sisters as well.

In front of a packed crowd, the senior Lady Horns cheer standout put pen-to-paper on a National Letter of Intent to be apart of the Lady Bison cheerleading squad at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee.

“It feels really great knowing all the hard work paid off for this moment,” Parsons said. “The atmosphere on campus was so welcoming, and the cheer team itself was just so friendly and didn’t try to push me away instantly. I’m also excited about the competitive environment and the success they have been able to produce in recent years.”

Parsons will be the second local cheerleader within a year to sign for the Lady Bison, as Plainview’s Jordan Lewis also signed last year to join Oklahoma Baptist.

Something else the duo have in common are that they both proudly performed as members of the Oklahoma Outlaws cheer and tumble gymnasium, which is based out of Ardmore. 

During her time as a member of the Lady Horns cheer team, Parsons was nominated for All-American honors at the OU spirit camp in July 2018 as well as All-Region honors in November 2018.

“Samantha is dedicated, hardworking and completely in love with cheer,” Lone Grove coach Susie Solley said. “She loves to stunt, cheer and is also involved with competitive cheer. She’s been working so hard at several collegiate cheer clinics for so long.”

“We (assistant coach Kaitlyn Solley) and I were so happy to hear that she had chosen to cheer for OBU,” Susie added. “Their program has made significant strides since it was formed. They’re very lucky to be getting an athlete like Samantha. We’ve been very blessed to have her in our squad, and we will miss her athleticism and spunk.”