Tahlequah Daily Press

Local News

January 18, 2013

Cheer-full Attitudes

TAHLEQUAH — For some little girls, fitness and fun come together in cheer and tumbling lessons.

Parents who want to provide opportunities to try different types of lessons may find it cost prohibitive with fees, costumes, traveling and other expenses. One option is Continuing Education, through Northeastern State University, which offers classes for $75 a semester for aspiring future RiverHawk squad members.

NSU’s cheer and tumbling class met for its first lesson Wednesday evening in the Dobbins Field House.

“They used to have a tumbling class several years ago,” said Andrea Sprague, administrative assistant for Continuing Ed. “We looked at some classes from the past and wanted to bring back some traditions.”

Krystal Herrin, former NSU cheerleader and instructor for the class, enjoys working with the children.

“It’s fun seeing their faces whenever they learn a new trick,” Herrin said.

The class began with students seated on workout mats on the floor, mirroring the instructor as she demonstrated stretching movements. Their attention was focused on Herrin, who smiled and chatted with the girls worked to mimic the maneuvers.

After warming up, the girls lined up at the end of the mat to practice backward flips. Running came next, to build strength and stamina.

Over the semester, students will learn to do a forward roll, cartwheel, round-offs and back handsprings, Herrin said. And the girls will perform at a basketball game.

“It’s an adrenaline rush, getting out there in front of a crowd to perform,” Herrin said, recalling her own cheerleading days. “And it’s fun to be with friends and to challenge myself.”

One mom, Julie Teague, likes the fact that the lesson is one time a week.

“It’s tumbling and cheer together, and it’s not competitive, but for fun,” Teague said. “I read about it in the newspaper today and was glad when I called and it wasn’t filled up.”

Teague’s daughter, Calan, 5, was twirling and tumbling before class began.

“I’ve wanted to do tumbling all my life,” Calan said. “I can do flips.”

Teague said her daughter took swimming lessons through NSU and thought it was fun, so she figured these lessons would be, too.

Ten-year-old Sierra Hill was assisting Herrin with “spot” tumbling, supporting a student learning a trick. Hill really likes tumbling, she said.

“I feel unique from my other family members because I can do this,’ Hill said. “I like tumbling. I get stronger and I can do flips and stuff.”

She likes cheer because she gets to go to competitions and wins sometimes.

“I like when my teammates try their best,” Hill said.

Christie McDonald brought daughter Emmalee, 5, for exercise.

“She wants to be a cheerleader, but she’s so small right now,” said McDonald. “Other classes are so expensive. I know the teacher from school, and this is a good starting point. I want to be sure she likes it because it’s such an investment.”

Other classes can cost several hundred dollars a month, plus the extra expense of uniforms, and travel.

“This is really neat, and average working folk can afford it,” McDonald said.

Moms Brandy Hayes and Sherry Lingbeck were chatting as they watched their children during the lesson.

“She loves it! They have a blast here,” Hayes said of daughter Emily, who attended last semester. “As Little RiverHawks, they got to perform at a football game and this time they’ll get to perform at a basketball game.”

They also got to ride on a float in the Homecoming Parade, she said.

“It’s great. The teacher is really patient and it’s affordable. It’s been a good experience,” Hayes said.

 

To see the complete version of this article, subscribe to the Daily Press e-edition by following the link below.

Click here to get the entire Tahlequah Daily Press delivered every day to your home or office.

Click here to get a free trial or to subscribe to the Tahlequah Daily Press electronic edition. It's the ENTIRE newspaper (without the paper) for your computer, iPad or e-reader.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • SR-WalkaMile1.jpg Walk a Mile 2014

    Men squeezed into feminine footwear Saturday by the hundreds to walk in solidarity with women on the issue of sexual violence – and their clop-clop-clopping echoed down Muskogee Avenue.
    The fourth annual “Walk a Mile In Her Shoes” brought men to Norris Park, accompanied by their enthusiastic female supporters, to walk – and often wobble – in high heels over a mile-long course to raise funds for Help-In-Crisis.
    “It hurts every year,” said John Christie, a Sequoyah High School student participating in his third Walk a Mile. “I get home, sit down, blisters come up and the calves hurt. But it is worth it. It’s for a good cause.”

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • adams-christopher.jpg Michigan man gets 13 years on plea to rape, sodomy of girl

    A 28-year-old Michigan man will spend about 13 years in an Oklahoma state prison after pleading guilty to four counts of first-degree rape and one count of sodomy involving a 13-year-old girl.
    Christopher Dale Adams, of Lake Orion, Mich., received a 13-year prison sentence for each of the five charges, to be followed by seven years suspended. All sentences will run concurrently.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • logan-amy.jpg Police take down pair on pot distribution charge

    Tahlequah police officers arrested a pair Sunday night for allegedly possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute it.
    Tahlequah Officer Cody Warren said police were asked to investigate when 35-year-old Amy N. Logan, of Tahlequah, allegedly took a family member’s car without permission.
    While Warren was speaking with the owners of the vehicle, Logan arrived along with 26-year-old Theoplilus James Mollie, of Tulsa.

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • land-lisa.jpg Two nailed with meth, pot hidden in bag of chips

    Two people were arrested early Monday morning when Tahlequah police stopped a vehicle near Basin Avenue and found methamphetamine and marijuana hidden in a bag of chips.
    Tahlequah Officer Cory Keele said he noticed a Nissan heading north on Park Hill Road, and the vehicle later stopped in an intersection.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • gawf-johnny.jpg Nylon case doesn’t fool deputy; drug charges to be filed

    A Tahlequah man is jailed at the Cherokee County Detention Center after being arrested on drug possession charges.
    Deputy Michael Cates stopped Johnny Lee Gawf, 25, near Stick Ross Mountain Road and U.S. Highway 62. Gawf did not have his driver’s license and had a no-bond warrant for failure to pay.
    When Gawf was asked to step out of his vehicle, he allegedly reached into a pocket and pulled out a black nylon case, which he claimed to be a pocket knife. Gawf sat the case in the seat of the vehicle.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • ts-CN-citizenship.jpg Dual citizenship still OK for tribes

    It’s been almost a year since the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma was forced to close its casino, leaving about 150 members without jobs.
    Right before the operations was shuttered, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker offered a plan to absorb UKB employees, scheduling three employment registration meetings in September 2013.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • TPS to hold graduation at Doc Wadley, after all

    A letter obtained by the Tahlequah Daily Press states that graduation exercises for the Tahlequah High School Class of 2014 will be held at Doc Wadley Stadium on May 23.
    Tahlequah Public Schools received an invitation from the city and Northeastern State University to hold the graduation ceremony inside the NSU multipurpose event center, and the district was initially agreeable. But the necessity of limiting invitations to 10 or 15 per student because of seating concerns drew heavy criticism from seniors and parents.

    April 22, 2014

  • Woman allegedly went after relative, then cop

    Deputies say a 22-year-old woman assaulted a family member Saturday, then attacked an officer when he tried to arrest her.
    Deputy Bryan Qualls was sent to investigate the domestic disturbance at Hilltop Circle. Donna Wilder, the alleged victim, told Qualls that the suspect, Kaylynn Sharp, was hiding in the garage, and had struck her in the face several times.

    April 22, 2014

  • jn-city-pool.jpg City of Tahlequah progressing on bond projects

    Just more than a year after the city began collecting a sales tax funds for use on capital improvements, crews continue to work toward finishing several of the projects.
    “We’re going to deliver everything we said we would,” Tahlequah Mayor Jason Nichols said Friday.
    The $21-million-plus bond issue approved in 2013 includes about $10 million worth of street projects. South Muskogee Avenue will eventually be widened into a five-lane stretch; East Fourth Street’s widening project is underway; and West Fourth will become, at least in part, a three-lane road.
    Projects will also focus on parts of North Grand, East Allen, Bluff, Crafton, and North Cedar.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • duvall-dustin.jpg Four men charged with burglary

    Four local men are facing burglary and stolen-property charges in Cherokee County District Court.
    Prosecutors have charged the four men with second-degree burglary and knowingly concealing stolen property.

    April 21, 2014 3 Photos

Poll

How confident are you that the immunizations for infants and children are reasonably safe?

Not at all confident.
Somewhat confident.
Relatively confident.
Extremely confident.
undecided.
     View Results
Tahlequah Daily Press Twitter
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter New Yorkers Celebrate Cherry Blossom Blooms SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Justice Dept. Broadening Criteria for Clemency Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers 'Miss Meadows' Takes Holmes Back to Her Roots Biden: Russia Must Stop Talking, Start Acting David Moyes Out As Manchester United Manager Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs High Court to Hear Dispute of TV Over Internet Stowaway Teen Forces Review of Airport Security
Stocks