Pawhuska High School’s 2016-17 basketball season is set to open Nov. 29 with the Lady Huskies and Huskies playing home contests against Cleveland Tigers.

The girls’ game tips off at 6:30 p.m. in Oren Terrill Field House, with the boys’ showdown to follow around 8.

Native son Jake Christenson is the new coach of the PHS boys. The Huskies return considerable scoring potential, led by senior sharpshooters Will Merrill and Mathieu Rector. Directing the Huskie attack will be senior point guard Tyler Wilson — who transferred from Barnsdall last mid-season, when the local squad won seven games.

Lauri Lee will begin her second year at the helm for the Lady Huskies, which notched 14 wins a year ago. The Pawhuska girls have two seniors — leading scorer/rebounder Sydney Sellers and Mary Jo Upchurch. Juniors Star Sweeden and Sierra Sellers saw plenty of action last season and will probably be among this year’s starting five. Eight sophomores and six freshman are expected to add depth for the Lady Huskies.

Both PHS squads will be fine-tuned during this week’s Thanksgiving break. Following the Tuesday home openers, the locals will participate in the Nowata Tournament, Dec. 5-10. The Huskies/Lady Huskies are then to host a three-day Pawhuska Tournament, Dec. 15-17. Teams from Drumright, Glencoe, Shidler and South Coffeyville are entered in the tourney, which also will include Wesleyan Christian School and the Ponca City junior varsity.

After the Christmas break, Pawhuska returns to the home hardwoods Tuesday, Jan. 3, versus Newkirk.

The Pawhuska wrestling season commences Thursday, Dec. 1, when the Huskies hit the mats at Oren Terrill Field House to meet the junior-varsity squad from Broken Arrow. Junior high matches are to begin at 5 p.m. and high school bouts get started ar0und 6 p.m.

Sperry visits PHS on Thursday, Dec. 8, with a varsity-only Huskies-Pirates dual set for 6 p.m. The following evening — on Friday, Dec. 9 — Sand Springs will send a jayvee team to the PHS gym. Starting time for the dual with the Sandites is 6 p.m.

PHS Wrestling Homecoming is scheduled to be observed Tuesday, Dec. 13. The Huskies’ dual opponent that night will be their Osage County rivals, the Barnsdall Panthers. The 2016 portion of Pawhuska’s schedule ends with the Cleveland Tournament on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 16-17.

After Christmas break, PHS wrestler return tp action at the Cushing Tournament, Jan. 6-7.