For many years, the Plainview varsity cheer program wasn’t known for having a state tradition.

For many years, the Plainview varsity cheer program wasn’t known for having a state tradition.

However, after a string of appearances at the state finals, the Lady Indians have built their own foundation and legacy.

It continued on Saturday at the Chickasha Activity Center.

Despite a fall during a stunt, Plainview managed to fight its way to a tie for sixth overall at the Class 4A regional competition, earning Plainview a return trip to the state finals, which will take place next Saturday at the Mabee Center on the campus of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa.

Plainview was crowned as the state academic champions last year and finished sixth at the state competition.

The occasion was perhaps even more special for Plainview coach Tina Pyles, who is in her first year in charge of the varsity squad after taking over for Wendy Russell, who guided the Lady Indians to their first of many trips to state.

“I feel really proud of the girls for all their hard work and dedication, as well as their passion for one another,” Pyles said. “I’m also very thankful for all the people who have been alongside us helping this program reach the goals we have set for ourselves. This is a total team effort with a lot of teamwork, and there have been so many people who have poured into these young women not just this year but in the years prior. I’m thankful for all of them and so proud of this group.”