SULPHUR — Over the last nine years, there is plenty the Sulphur varsity co-ed cheer squad has been known for.

SULPHUR — Over the last nine years, there is plenty the Sulphur varsity co-ed cheer squad has been known for.

They’ve been known for practicing in the famous armory gymnasium on the campus of Sulphur High School, and enduring the sweltering temperatures inside.

In addition, they’ve been known for putting on standout performances at Bulldogs football and basketball games.

But there’s one more thing the Sulphur cheer program has been known for over the last few years, its tradition of going to the state finals. 

Saturday at 10:50 a.m. at the Mabee Center on the campus of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, the Sulphur cheer program will make its ninth straight appearance at the OSSAA state cheer finals.

For head coach Destiny Baker, it’s an accomplishment she doesn’t take lightly, but rather credits everyone who has had a hand in the program to make it what it is today.

“We are so excited to be going back to state,” Baker said. “From the very first year I started, we have strived to build this program to be competitive and to be the best. We have a great routine and I feel like this is our year to accomplish something special. The girls who started this the first year are what has helped lead us to this point.”

As far as a resume at state, there isn’t much the Sulphur cheer program hasn’t accomplished on the biggest stage.

Sulphur has placed in the top-five of the standings multiple times, as well as being named State Academic Champions.

But there’s one thing the Sulphur team hasn’t done, and that’s win a state title.

“I am so ready to win in the state championship,” Baker said. “To have this group finally get it done would mean so much. They have dedicated themselves so much and have sacrificed so much to make this year very special.”

Last weekend at the regional competition in Chickasha, Sulphur placed fourth overall with 256 points, with Pauls Valley winning the regional title with 274 points. 

Other teams to qualify included Newkirk and Bridge Creek.

“We’ve worked hard and I think we’ve earned this opportunity,” Senior Kirby Snow said. “It was a little intimidating at regionals, but we know we have just as much skill and dedication as any other team. We know we can compete at the highest level.”

“There’s kind of a stigma surrounding us since we are a smaller school,” Snow added. 

“We know we’re a good squad and that we can compete. Getting to earn a state title would mean we’re getting the recognition we deserve as a program and as a community.”

One of the foundations of the squad is the guys, and senior John Farrell is looking forward to making sure his team gets its moment to shine on the biggest stage. 

“I’m pretty excited to be going back to state,” Farrell said. “But to me going to state is more of an expectation for this program and not just a goal since we’ve made it so many years in a row. It’s really fun to be out there with everyone, and I’m blessed to have the opportunity to get to be apart of this team. I’ve been cheering for four years now, so to be able to win state would be awesome and be a great way to go out with this team.”