Talihina’s Molly Kreutzer: Athlete Spotlight Presented By Pine Cellular

By Nick Hampton

Getting into cheer was something that always seemed to be part of Molly Kreutzer’s destiny.

“My mom was a cheerleader in school and later a cheer coach so I guess it was just natural that I would try out,” said the sophomore. “I did some competitive cheer and dance when I was in about the fifth or sixth grade so I would say I like the cheer dances the best.”

Being a high school cheer leader has its perks in the eyes of the little ones according to Molly.

“It’s especially neat when you go to an assembly and all the little kids are there and it’s like you’re a star. It’s super cute to see them light up just because you’re a cheer leader,” she laughed.

Being a role model is something that seems to come naturally to Molly according to her coach Shannon Phillips.

“Molly’s very enthusiastic with a lot of spirit and she’s always smiling. She’s a good student and good role model,” said Phillips.

When the cheer squad went to camp this past summer, Molly got a chance to get reacquainted with someone she really admires.

“When we got to camp, I saw that Hailey McClain, who cheered at Talihina, was on

the staff of the camp. She cheers in college now and it was cool to see someone from your school that’s made it into college cheer. I remember watching her when I was younger and thought that I would like to be a cheerleader like her someday.”

Another passion of Molly’s is being involved in FFA and showing cattle.

“I’ve been showing for four years now. I’ve been to five national shows and just got back from Fort Worth where I won for showing my cattle,” said the sparkly sophomore who is also in FCCLA and the National Honor Society.

Kreutzer gives credit to her parents for being the main motivators in her life.

“My mom (Bethany) as you would expect is my main motivator in terms of cheer and school and my dad (Tim) guides me in my show activities and other areas of my life.”

Though mom had a hand in getting Molly involved in cheerleading, it’s a decision that she’s never regretted making.

“I just really like to support the teams and I love being the happy face of the school. I probably like cheering at basketball games better than football, strangely enough, because we’re really competitive this year in basketball and it just gets you so pumped up.”