Broken Arrow: Tulsa Suburban Area Cheer Team Spotlight – Presented by Excel Therapy

By Derrick Smith

The Broken Arrow Tigers cheer squad is a strong-willed team, according to head coach Kyrstin Delehanty. 

“Our teams biggest strength this year is their drive and determination,” she said. “This team refuses to give up and will push themselves so their dreams can become a reality. In terms of skill, this team is a tumbling power house.”

The team is also no stranger to titles and awards. They won the Universal Cheerleaders Association National Championship in 2019. They also won consecutive state titles from 2012-2016, while also winning game-day state in 2017. 

Tigers captain Robbie Armstrong says that he loves to cheer at Broken Arrow. 

“The atmosphere at football games is incredible,” he said. “There isn’t another school in this state that has an environment like Broken Arrow and we wouldn’t want to cheer anywhere else.”

Coach Delehanty also says that learning to work as a team is a big part of their success. 

“We try to do team bonding at least once a month,” she said. “A few things that we really enjoyed this summer were the pool party, big and little, and working with our youth football cheerleaders at their summer camp. We love getting to work with the cheerleaders who will eventually be a part of our high school program.”

The closeness of the team and the accountability they have is a great thing for Alexandria Cockrell. 

“The bond we have with each other is more like a family than just teammates,” she said. “We push ourselves and each other every day and work tirelessly for a common goal.”

Delehanty is in her first year as varsity head coach, but she has been with Broken Arrow for five years. Slemp, who is also in her first year with varsity, has been in the district for seven years.