Ponca City Wildcats – Cheer Spotlight Presented by Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle, & Wicker

By Derrick Smith

There are times in all sports where things can go the wrong way and tempers can flare. If not handled, that negativity can grow and cause problems for the team. Ashley Waller-Campbell says that her Ponca City cheer team’s best attribute is working out their problems before they get that far.

“Our greatest strength is our commitment to being a family first,” she said. “We try to work out differences in a way that promotes one another rather than arguing. Our focus is leaving everything off the mat and finding ways to promote and encourage each other to be better.”

Cheer Captain Daysha Gilpin says that she enjoys cheering because she gets to help promote school spirit. 

“I love cheering for everyone and having the opportunity to show our enthusiasm for all of our athletic programs,” she said. “The thing I love most about our squad is how close we are with each other.”

The girls on the team are more than only cheerleaders, they play other sports and excel in the classroom too. 

“Our girls are consistently on the honor roll and many play multiple sports in addition to cheering,” Campbell said. “Our last National Championship was in 2016, which we won the Grand Champion category, meaning our score was higher than any team in all of the competing divisions.”

While she enjoys cheering, co-captain Rylee Criner says being able to watch all the athletic events is a bonus. 

“We get the opportunity to support all of our athletic teams and have front row seats to all of the action,” she said. “I love how our squad works together and we are all really close.”

It is not all work for the Ponca City cheer team. Campbell says the team enjoys doing many bonding activities. 

“We have done all sorts of team bonding activities from going to Bricktown Park to sled around winter break time to doing escape room. We always have a fun time.”