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October 23, 2013

Taylor Burmeier goes from Pom to cheer

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McALESTER —

Tumbling proved to be much more challenging.

“I had tumbled up until I was about 8 years old, and I was not great at it,” Burmeier said. “Trying to be as old as I am and try to make myself flip backwards was hard.”

With dancing’s emphasis on strong legs, Burmeier quickly became a strong base for the cheer squad. On being base, Burmeier said, “The bases are the ones that are in control of the stunt, and they’re the ones that get depended on a lot.”

With Burmeier’s help, the Lady Buffs finished 13th at State in September. Burmeier was then named to the Oklahoma Cheerleading Coaches Association All-Region 6 team on Oct. 16.

“I felt accomplished,” Burmeier said of her All-Region honor. “I started this time last year working to become a cheerleader, and I haven’t stopped. I feel like that hard work pays off.”

Burmeier credited her success to cheer coach Ashlee Shumway, who constantly pushes the squad to be in top physical and mental shape.

Burmeier is part of a football family, her sophomore brother Austin Burmeier playing for the Buffs and seventh-grade brother Dilon Burmeier playing for the junior high team. Taylor said she loves football as well, and that love makes her want to be a sports agent someday.

“I’ve grown up with five brothers, so I’m around sports all the time,” Burmeier said. “I feel like I understand a lot more than girls do, and I love being around it. I love watching it — I would rather watch a football game on TV than a reality show.”

To become a sports agent, Burmeier said she plans to study pre-law at either the University of Oklahoma or Oklahoma State University. She said she hasn’t decided which school she’d prefer, because although she’s a Sooners fan, Stillwater reminds her more of McAlester, where she’s loved growing up and being a part of the sports culture.

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