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The Broken Arrow cheer team has reached an unprecedented level of success and looks to add on to it this Saturday with this year’s Oklahoma Large Co-ed State Championship and a possible fifth straight title win on the line. The defending champs are confident going into the competition but Head Coach Amy Howe knows it won’t be a walk in the park.
“I feel like the target gets bigger and bigger on our backs every year because we are the team to beat,” Howe said. “I feel like that makes our team work that much harder to prove to everyone else that they can win for the fifth year in a row.”
Howe knows there will be many keys to completing the 5-peat. Howe described how the veteran leadership on the team will play a role in this year’s championship.
“We have a big group of seniors this year that are instrumental in leading our team to success,” Howe said.
One of those seniors is cheer captain Destinee Curry. Curry is heading into her last cheer tournament under Coach Howe and knows her role on the team.
“My role on the team is to always stay positive, and make the best out of every situation,” Curry said.
Curry has been on championship winning squads before and knows the tigers will need to come out strong to win another. However, some others on the cheer team are new to this championship stage including, BAHS sophomore Karlie Goss. This is Goss’s first year on varsity but early on she’s felt the championship atmosphere and the family feel on the team.
“It’s like a family, its so much fun and there is so much love,” Goss said.
Howe, Curry and Goss are all confident BA will bring back another trophy this year and since the last four have been won by the Tigers, it’s hard not to think the edge is on Broken Arrow’s side in their fight for five.