“If I had to pick just between backspotting and basing, I’d rather base,” White said. “You have more control over the stunt.
“I didn’t like flying, though. It was scary. I definitely like my feet on the ground.”
After two years with the Jr. Buffs and coach Tamara Roberts, White tried out for varsity in March of her eighth-grade year.
“It was terrifying,” White said of that first varsity tryout.
“There is no other person (than Roberts), I don’t think, who could’ve prepared us better for that. Not only me, but I’m sure all the other girls would say that, too.”
The preparation worked, as White made the squad as a freshman and every year thereafter. White impressed varsity coach Ashlee Shumway enough to make White co-captain as a junior and captain as a senior.
“She’s been a great leader from the start, but this year as a senior, she’s one that I knew would step up,” Shumway said.
“She’s very outgoing, she leads by example, and sometimes as captain, you have to make tough calls. You’re almost like an extension of the coach. So sometimes I make decisions that aren’t very popular, but she does a really good job of always backing me, and she’s very respectful.”
White helped the Lady Buffs qualify for the 5A State Meet at Saturday’s regional meet in Bixby, the state competition taking place Saturday at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. But getting to be part of the football experience seems to drive White more than the competitive side of cheerleading, which may be why she also plays trumpet in McAlester’s marching band.
“I started that in sixth grade whenever I moved here,” White said. “I love music, I love playing my instrument, and it’s just another passion of mine.