Pawhuska’s Lady Huskies soccer team kicked off its 2017 spring season with conditioning scrimmages Saturday at the Ponca City Snowfest Tournament.

The PHS girls held their own against Class 6A foe Stillwater before falling, 2-0, and played to a 2-2 tie against 4A rival Newkirk. Against the event’s 6A hostess Lady Wildcats, the Lady Huskies failed to score, but their defensive efforts drew praise from the opposing coach.

“He was impressed by our goalie (Jordan Kitchel),” Pawhuska head coach Giovanie Soliano said. “She saved five goals in in the half we played against them.”

Soliano said the Lady Huskies’ squad will need to replace the scorers it lost to graduation, but he feels there are several PHS players capable of filling those roles. Seniors MacKenzie Fortney, Samantha Lookout and Jenna Shulanberger are among the potential points-providers, the coach said.

The Lady Huskies’ season-opening Tulsa match against Victory Christian was rescheduled from Friday to Thursday — with a 6 p.m. kickoff — to accomodate team members’ participation in the Osage County Junior Livestock Show, according to Soliano.

BASEBALL OPENER

The first game of Pawhuska’s high school baseball season also has been moved forward, as the Huskies are now planning to open at Lincoln Christian on Friday, rather than March 7, as shown on some of the early schedules. Starting time is listed for 4 p.m.

PHS’s diamond squad should have a solid corps of experienced pitchers to build around, head coach Brian Edwards said.

The Huskies first home game in slated to start at 4:30 p.m. March 9 against Glencoe.

FUNDRAISER SET

Before the first official run is scored, however, the PHS Huskies baseball team has scheduled an Indian Taco Dinner fundraiser for Thursday, from 5-7 p.m., in the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 301 E. 6h St., a spokesman for the squad said.