McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

Local Sports

March 31, 2014

Lady Buffs unveil 2014-15 pom squad

McALESTER — With six seniors set to graduate from McAlester’s pom squad in May, the Lady Buffaloes knew they’d have low numbers for the 2014-15 school year.

Seven underclassmen tried out for the new squad Friday at Bob Brumley Gymnasium, and all seven made it.

“Really, the girls, I thought they did well,” Lady Buffs coach Yvonne Allford said.

The Lady Buffs’ seven pom dancers next year will be:

• Kelby Koonce, current McAlester sophomore

• Amber Lenington, sophomore

• Bethanie Gray, freshman

• Lainey Lordahl, freshman

• Camryn Powers, freshman

• Carson Quinton, freshman

• Cory Rubertus, eight-grade student

Powers, Lordahl, Koonce and Lenington were all on the 2013-14 team that finished fourth at State. The Lady Buffs competed in two categories but at Nationals but didn’t advance past the first round in either.

Dancers tried out in groups of two or three. The tryout consisted of six individual techniques, a kick line performed together by each group and then individual dance routines.

Each dancer first had to demonstrate that she could maintain an upright position while performing a split, twisting her upper body 90 degrees toward her right foot, then towards her left. Dancers next performed a double toe touch, twice jumping from a standing position and trying to swing their feet up towards their fists, which were fully extended out from their sides.

A “leap in second” jump had them again trying to get their legs up to their outstretched fists, but this jump began with a run. Dancers then performed two standing spins, called pirouettes and fouettes, sandwiched around a turning disc, which involved jumping into the air, then as they landed spinning into a seated position.

Dancers received up to 10 points per move, as they did for the kick line. Allford said the Lady Buffs use a fairly standard set of moves to test their dancers’ basic dance ability.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local Sports
  • Chance Sistrunk 1 Buffs’ Sistrunk sweeps All-State matches

    Recent McAlester graduate Chance Sistrunk won both of his matches, helping the East beat the West 9-6 in the Oklahoma Coaches Association’s All-State tennis tournament Tuesday at the University of Tulsa’s Michael D. Case Tennis Center.

    July 31, 2014 3 Photos

  • Clayton Pinson Big first inning propels Swag

    Barney Davis gave up just one run in five innings, and Swag used an eight-run first inning to run-rule team Say I Won’t 10-1 in five innings at the Pittsburg County Softball Complex in McAlester.

    July 30, 2014 4 Photos

  • Michael McNutt The Firm wins softball season-opener

    Summer-league champion The Firm got two home runs from Timmy Lawson, run-ruling the Dominators 16-0 in three innings of Tuesday’s fall-league season-opener at the Pittsburg County Softball Complex in McAlester.

    July 30, 2014 5 Photos

  • Local duo wins night-fishing tournament

    Overcoming an injury makes a victory all the sweeter, and local fishermen Larry Owens and Lester Wray got to experience that at a July 12 night-fishing tournament at Lake Eufaula.

    July 29, 2014

  • Brandon Rutledge and Ryan Kelley Two McAlester Sluggers head to Florida

    Thanks to their speed, incoming McAlester freshmen Brandon Rutledge and Ryan Kelley will get to compete with the Midwest 14-Under All American Team at the United States Specialty Sports Association’s All American Games at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex this weekend in Kissimmee, Fla.
     

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Danny and Grant Kelley Locals bowl for charity

    Brecken Wagner, a local attorney and member of the Pittsburg County Bar Association, continued his organization’s fundraising legacy Friday, when his “Pins for Awareness” bowling tournament took place at Great Balls of Fire in McAlester.

    July 27, 2014 5 Photos

  • Savanna physicals and football camp upcoming

    Savanna Public Schools will hold physicals for male athletes in grades seven through 12 on Friday at 3 p.m. at the Savanna High School cafeteria.

    July 26, 2014

  • NaShay Alexander Lady Miners come back against Cowgirls

    The Hartshorne Lady Miners sent eight to the plate in the bottom of the third inning, scoring six runs to come back and beat the Kiowa Cowgirls 7-5 in Thursday’s summer league game at the Pittsburg County Softball Complex in McAlester.
     

    July 26, 2014 4 Photos

  • Megan Jernigen and Taylor Jones Lady Hornets edge Lady Buffs

    Megan Jernigen’s two-run inside-the-park home run gave the Stuart Lady Hornets the only lead they’d need, eventually beating the McAlester Lady Buffaloes 3-1 Thursday at the Pittsburg County Softball Complex in McAlester.

    July 25, 2014 5 Photos

  • Lindy Morgan EOSC names Morgan new cheer coach

    Eastern Oklahoma State College has selected Lindy Morgan of Wilburton to lead the college’s new co-educational competitive cheerleading program.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

Poll

Do you agree with the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision?

Yes
No
     View Results
AP Video
Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
NDN Video
Famous Internet Cats Help Big Cause With Viral Video Raw: Obama Gets Hug From Special Olympian Snoop Dogg Narrating Animal Footage Is Perfect Tigers Acquire David Price - @TheBuzzeronFOX Russell Brand Slams Sean Hannity Over Gaza Conflict Segment Chapter Two: Composing for a film in retirement Woman's Dive Goes Terribly Wrong Brian Williams Reports on Daughter Allison Williams' 'Peter Pan' Casting News Did Jimmy Fallon Look Up Heidi Klum's Dress? What Drama? Miranda Kerr Poses Topless Plane crashes in San Diego Costco parking lot Justin Bieber Takes To Instagram To Diss Orlando Bloom You Won't Believe the Celeb Cameos in "Sharknado 2" Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Orlando Bloom 'Takes a Swing' at Justin Bieber In Ibiza Sadie Doesn't Want Her Brother to Grow Up "Maxim" Hotness! See Jessica Alba's Sizzling Spread Two women barely avoid being hit by train Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Reportedly Came To Blows In Ibiza
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.