Little Axe Indians Cheer Spotlight – Presented by Landers Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM of Norman

By Derrick Smith

Team sports require everyone to be there best to succeed. If one person has a bad game or event, the team can struggle. Little Axe cheer coach Shandelle Self says that is what happens in cheer.

“Our weaknesses as individuals make us weak as a team,” she said. “But we continue to lift each other up and grow stronger together which creates a strong bond. It’s a special thing to witness every year as a coach.”

The Little Axe team is more than just a team, says sophomore cheer member Aubrey Jones. 

“My team is the reason for who I am today,” she said. “If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be as outgoing or sociable. They became my family the moment I decided I wanted to cheer. We’ve always had each others back, always helped one another if someone needs, and made sure that everyone is okay.”

The team is no stranger to winning awards when they go to cheer camps, Self said. 

“We attended the Jeff & Craig cheer camp and walked away with numerous awards,” she said. “We were named Talent Show winners, Spirit Sticks, Superior Showmanship, Perfect Pyramid, Perfect Performance, nine All Stars, several Top Gun Motion nominees and winners, Top Gun Stunts nominees and winners, and two Champion Cups. Also, senior Glovanna Riggs won the most prestigious award at camp, the Senior Leadership Award over the entire camp.”

Riggs says that it is difficult to chose one reason she likes cheer, she loves everything about it. 

“I don’t have just one thing I enjoy when it comes to cheer, it’s quite hard to choose,” she said. “The feeling I get when I’m in front of a crowd at a football game is thrilling, all I think is that it’s up to us to get the crowd involved and to have pride for our school. While practicing for our competition everyone on the squad realizes how much of a family we are. We regularly push each other to be better and by doing that we become better as a whole.”