The switch allowed Pirpich to take advantage of her dance background while still performing Friday nights. As a senior this year, Pirpich has at most two more Friday night games left in this final football season.
“I love the feeling on Friday nights, of being out there in front of all the fans, with the boys behind us,” Pirpich said. “I feel like the pom squad and the cheerleaders, we both have a big role to play. We’re the ones who have to pump up our boys and pump our fans. Friday nights are the thing we all look forward to.”
After football season comes the Oklahoma State Dance Team Directors’ Association championships in December. The Lady Buffs won a state title Pirpich’s sophomore year, but they couldn’t defend their title last year, giving them extra motivation heading into this competition.
“We have more experience, and I think that helps the underclassmen — the juniors and the other girls — a lot, because we know what it feels like,” Pirpich said.
The Lady Buffs have also qualified for the National Dance Team Championship in February. They qualified at a University of Tulsa pom camp during the summer, where Pirpich was named a Universal Dance Association All-American and earned a tryout to the UDA staff.
“We had a lot of team-bonding, that’s what we needed, and it was a success,” Pirpich said of the TU camp.
“It’s just all going by so fast. Honestly, I’m probably going to miss the sisterhood that we have. I know we’re always going to be there, but we’re going to be at different colleges, and we’re not going to get to see each other as much as we do all the time.”
Though this senior year is flying by, graduation may not mean the end of Pirpich’s pom career. She said she’s already been accepted to Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, where she intends to try out for the pom squad.