Like many things in this world, building a tradition takes a lot of time, and sometimes even more patience.

Like many things in this world, building a tradition takes a lot of time, and sometimes even more patience.

For the Plainview varsity cheer squad, the last four years have shown that they’ve not only been patient at waiting for a chance to build their own athletic success, but have used their time wisely.

Saturday afternoon at the Mabee Center on the campus of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, the Plainview cheer squad will be making their fourth straight trip to the OSSAA Class 4A State cheer finals.

The ladies in red and white will be going on last in the 4A competition, with Plainview set to take the stage at 4:40 p.m.

For first year head coach Tina Pyles, going to state is more than just a special feeling for her, it’s about carrying on a legacy which was started by former head coach Wendy Russell. 

“It’s very special, and I just feel honored and privileged to get to work with such an amazing group of girls who work so hard everyday,” Pyles said. “I obviously can’t take credit for all of it, but I’m really excited for them, and I’m very thankful for all the people who have helped us get to this point.

“Wendy (Russell) allowed me to go with her last year at state, and I was very thankful for that,” Pyles added. “I got to walk through the whole process, and she’s always been a phone call away. I text her often and ask her questions, but she’s always given me guidance and it’s been very valuable to me.”

For some of the Plainview seniors, the moment is also very special considering they have helped build up the success of the varsity cheer program. 

“I feel really proud being able to go back to state this year,” Isabel Gonzalez said. “I was on the team as a freshman and we were the first team to make it. Now I’m apart of the first senior class to have made it all four years. I’m extremely confident that we’re going to go out there and perform our best.”

Last weekend at the Regional competition at the Chickasha Activity Center, the Lady Indians managed to finish tied for 6th overall with a total score of 244.

While there were a couple of hiccups along the way, the girls have been hard at work making sure the same does not happen this week in Tulsa.

“State has usually just been a given for us, and this year it was really close,” Abi Cavallo said. “We did have some tumbles at regionals, but we’ve been working really hard at making those corrections. I feel like this is going to be our best performance at state that we’ve ever had.”

For senior Marla Williams, this will be her second overall trip to the state finals as a member of the cheer team, but it’s one she is looking to make the most of.

“This is only my second year cheering at Plainview, and I’m excited to going back to state,” she said. “I was a little worried that we weren’t going to make it to state, because we didn’t do our best at regionals.

“But now this is a second chance for us to show what we’re made of and what we’re capable of doing as a team.”

As for Brenna Bailey, she’s making her first trip to the state tournament, but like her teammates, she’s ready to shine along with them on the biggest stage of them all.

“I feel really lucky being on this team,” she said. “It’s a little nerve-racking but I think we’re going to do really good. We’ve been working so hard and we have the ability to make history.”

Last year at the state finals, Plainview just missed out on a place in the top five as they finished sixth overall with 220 points with Inola claiming fifth overall with 222. 

Plainview was also crowned as the state academic champions last year for Class 4A.

“We’ve spent hours in the gym this week,” Pyles said. “There have been multiple two-hour practices going on this week. Keep in mind this is with Homecoming activities going on this week and a lot of other stuff so being a cheerleader right now is very intense. But I’m super proud of these girls and know they are going to have their hard work pay off at state.”