by Scott Cloud/Newkirk Herald Journal
NORMAN, Okla. -- The Newkirk Tiger Cheer squad continued their history of excellence at the Small School Co-Ed Cheer Championships Saturday with a 3rd place finish at OU’s Lloyd Noble Center.
NHS was third behind Bridge Creek and Bristow at Saturday’s competition.
The Lady Tigers have finished no worse than 4th over the last eight years.
“I was really proud of our kids,” said cheer coach Kim Wilson. “Our jumps and tumbling were spot on, we had some problems with our stunts.”
“We have the most difficult routine in our division so if we hit our routine, we’ll get a great score,” she said.
“Unfortunately, you only get one shot at it. We were perfect in warm-ups but we didn’t take that to the mat.”
The competition was delayed some 45 minutes and Wilson believes the delay affected the squad.
“You go through warm-ups and everything is fine, then you have to wait in that tunnel for 45 minutes and that’s tough mentally on kids,” she said. “We have such a young squad, I think it affected us more than maybe some others.”
Wilson said the future for NHS cheer is extremely bright.
“We return 19 kids for next year and that speaks well for the future of the program,” she said.
She also praised seniors Dereck Smith and Coby Hutson.
“They were both terrific leaders,” she said. “I couldn’t have asked for better seniors to lead this group. I appreciate them very much.”
Wilson thanked her cheer parents and the Newkirk community for their support.
“We really appreciate all the crowd support Saturday,” she said. A huge thank you to all that attended. Also, I want to thank our cheer parents who provided breakfast, snacks, water, and meals.”
In Saturday’s final results, Bridge Creek won the title with 253 points, barely edging out Bristow with 252. Newkirk was third with 238, and defending champion Newcastle 4th with 225. The next four were Sperry (202), Cushing (195), Vinita (188), and Sulphur (170).