Two Cheers for Hometown Murphy Sisters
Former Plano East cheer captains and sisters, Sierra and Kendra Marstall, will raise their pompoms together for a second straight year at Kansas State University. Sierra, studying public relations, will be a senior and cheer her fourth and final year at KSU this fall. Kendra, studying kinesiology, will be a sophomore and will be returning for her second year on the team.
Sierra and Kendra grew up participating in competitive gymnastics together, and both switched to cheer shortly after, pursuing the sport further in high school. With the PISD school structure and Sierra and Kendra being two grades apart, they were never able to cheer together. “It was always fun when East and McMillen cheer had a joint event because we would get to cheer alongside each other,” said Kendra. “But we were always disappointed we would never get to be on the sidelines together.”
For four consecutive years there was a Marstall sister on the Plano East sidelines, cheering the Panthers to victory. The obvious next step was to try out for the KSU cheer team. The transition to KSU was not easy for either of them considering the distance from Murphy to Manhattan, Kansas. After making the team in May 2016, Sierra knew she was ready for Manhattan. “I knew being far from home would be difficult, but I knew I would have, not only my relatives in Manhattan, but my cheer family as well to support me,” Sierra said. She cheered two years for the Wildcats and absolutely loved it. “There are no words to describe what it’s like cheering in front of 50,000 football fans every game day,” said Sierra.
With all of Sierra’s excitement surrounding cheer at KSU, it seemed only reasonable that her younger sister would follow. Tryouts in 2018 were stressful for the Marstall sisters. “I was really nervous, but felt blessed that I had my sister, a returner, present to teach me and to help keep me calm throughout tryouts,” Kendra said. “When I heard both of our numbers called during the team announcement, I just remember crying and hugging Kendra,” said Sierra. “We were so happy we would finally get to really cheer together.”
Their first year together at the collegiate level with a Division I cheer program has been very rewarding. They’ve cheered on the sidelines for football and helped celebrate a Big 12 Championship for the men’s basketball team. The Marstall sisters were also members of the Kansas State Cheer competition team that competed at NCA College Nationals for the first time in 15 years. This past April, the team placed in the top 15 at Nationals, in Daytona, Florida.
Both girls were recognized at the end of year team banquet. Kendra earned, from the coaches, the “Get It Done” award, and Sierra was voted “Most Inspirational Team Member” by her teammates. “Being on the team with my sister has made my first year at KSU unforgettable,” said Kendra. “I am so excited to continue living our dream together next year.” Clearly, something to cheer about.