BAVC brings home fifth consecutive state title
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Broken Arrow Varsity Cheer made history this weekend when they brought home their fifth consecutive state championship win. The team competed Saturday, Sept. 24 at The Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater. The team went in with a positive mindset and was ready to #fightforfive.
“Since it was my senior year, I felt a lot more pressure because we had to lead the rest of our team, but when we won it felt that much more exciting because I knew we had accomplished our goal that I hadn’t stopped thinking about since state last year,” senior Piper Pittman said. “As soon as our routine ended I knew we hit because of our coaches reaction, and I, along with most of my teammates began to cry because we were so happy.”
Broken Arrow competed against nine other teams in the 6A Coed division, with the team unanimously agreeing that Bixby was their biggest competitor. Bixby took second in qualifications for state at regionals the weekend before, right behind Broken Arrow who took home the first place trophy.
“This year, I think our biggest competition was Bixby. They were so sharp and they definitely wanted nothing else but to beat us,” junior Reina Mckee said. “After the routine was over I was so proud of my team. I knew everyone put everything they had into that routine to make it the best we could.”
Broken Arrow Varsity Cheer was well prepared to take on this competition thanks to their head coach, Amy Howe. They started preparing for state in June and started practicing every day in August to pull the entire routine together and perfect it.
“As a coach, you are always nervous of how your team is going to do on the mat. Once you get to that day, you cannot do anything else as a coach. It’s in their hands,” Howe said. “You just have to have faith that you have given them a routine they can do, they just have to do it. After they hit that last pyramid element towards the end, I knew they had performed a winning routine.”
Now that BAVC has state out of the way they can start getting ready for their UCA Nationals competition in February.