In order to keep a tradition going, it takes a lot of hard work and dedication.

In order to keep a tradition going, it takes a lot of hard work and dedication.

The Sulphur Co-Ed varsity cheer team showed on Saturday it has plenty of both to go around.

A solid fourth place finish ensured that the SHS cheer squad would be making yet another trip to the state finals, as the group earned the place at the regional competition, which was held at the Chickasha Activity Center.

The state finals will take place next Saturday at the Mabee Center on the campus of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa.

“We got fourth overall, but there was only a couple of points separating everyone in the top four of the standings,” Sulphur coach Destiny Baker said. “We’re pumped to be heading back to state this year. This season we’ve had quite a few athletes who have been involved in other sports which take place during cheer, and they’ve had to work so hard.”

“Not only have they had to come to cheer practice after getting done with a game or another practice, but they’ve made so many other sacrifices,” Baker added. “Everyone has had to give up their evenings and their weekends so we could have everyone available. No one has ever complained once, and we’re just one big family. We sacrifice and do whatever is needed for one another.”

Last year the Sulphur squad made it to the Mabee Center, where it finished in sixth overall in the small Co-Ed standings with Newkirk winning the state title.