McALESTER — You don’t have to play football to be a McAlester Buffalo. You can play another sport, do cheerleading or pom squad, or join the marching band.
Or, as McAlester High School seniors Memrie Tohkubbi and Danielle Layden have done for the last three years, you can be a student trainer.
“They put in just as much time as the players do,” Buffs coach Bryan Pratt said. “They take a big workload off of us as coaches because a lot of time we’re able to give them the keys and say, ‘Hey, go do this.’”
Both Tohkubbi and Layden became trainers as sophomores — Tohkubbi in the fall, Layden in the spring. Tohkubbi had been a cheerleader as a freshman, while Layden was still at Lakewood High School but transferred to MHS as a junior.
“I’ve always loved football, and I wanted to be a part of it,” Layden said. “I wasn’t really into cheerleading, and I became a trainer,”
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