PHS athletes honored at banquet
Pawhuska High School athletic achievements were honored Monday night at the Huskies All Sports Senior Banquet.
PHS seniors gained special attention in recognition of their service on Huskie and Lady Huskie squads.
Zalin Edwards was named as the Outstanding Male Athlete and Haley Malaske received the Outstanding Female Athlete award. Both recipients were cited for the leadership and versatility they displayed during their high school careers.
Edwards starred in football, wrestling and baseball — earning trips to the state tournament in all three sports. Before transfering to PHS as a junior, he won an A class football state championship at Woodland. Edwards also was honored for his academic achievements through his selection as a Jim Thorpe Scholarship recipient.
Malaske was a four-year standout starter on the Lady Huskie softball team and three-year member of PHS’s girls’ basketball squad. She also served as student manager for the Huskies baseball team.
The Lady Huskie senior showed wide-ranging talents of last weekend when Malaske was selected to next year’s cheerleading squad at Rogers State University after participating in an open tryout at the college. In reference to the achievement by her former star player, PHS softball coach Olivia Chronister quipped: “She traded dirt for a skirt.”
In football, the prestigious Ormand Beach Award went to Bryce Wilson. Presented annually since 1948 to a senior player chosen by his teammates, the award is named in honor of a 1929 PHS graduate who went on to gridiron stardom at the University of Kansas and in the Canadadian professional league.
Winner of the Huskie Pride Award for spirit was senior Sadie Sellers.
Two special awards were presented to community members for their outstanding service to the local athletic programs. Nada Malone was honored with the Bill Palmer Memorial Award and Quarterback Club President Jon Marie Wilson received the Jearl Holt Memorial Award.
Bob Roberts served as master of ceremonies for the event, which was held at the Pawhuska Elks Lodge.
Team honors, achievements and awards included:
Track and field
Five members of the PHS squads earned seven 3A state medals, according to head coach Mark Frye.
Justin Barnes, a senior for the Huskies, placed third in the shot put. Lady Huskie sophomores Sarah Phillippi and Haley Mouser won two medals each, with Phillippi placing second in the 300-meter hurdles and Mouser taking third in the high jump. Both were members of the fifth-place winning girls’ 4x400 relay unit, which also included senior Whitney Cotton and freshman Darienne Frye.
Top male track and field athlete — Justin Barnes; top female track athlete — Whitney Cotton; top female field athlete — Darian Lookout.
The PHS boys golf team qualified for the 2A state tournament and wound up placing 11th. A sophomore, Bailey Thompson, had the top individual score and finished 37th overall. PHS golf coach is Monty Unruh.
Male golfer of year — Logan BigEagle; female golfer of year — Sage Allen.
By advancing to the quarterfinals round of the 4A state tournament, the third-year program of the Lady Huskies continued its meteoric rise.
Head coach Giovanie Soliano presented several individual accolades, including senior standouts Morgan Waddle, Kaytlyn Swan and Carlie Culver. He also cited the outstanding season of freshman goalkeeper Jenna Shulanberger.
The PHS girls finished 11-2, with one of those losses coming in a close match to eventual fourth-time state champion Verdigris.
Under head coach Brian Edwards, the Huskies compiled an 18-9 record that included a 10-game winning streak en route to a district championship.
Offensive Player of Year — Zalin Edwards; Defensive Player of Year — Bryce Wilson; Pitcher of Year — Tyler Culver; Co-Utility Players of Year — Taylor Priest and Connor McNeil; Team Leader of Year — Kendall Oller.
Lady Huskies coach Austin Minshall cited the efforts of his small but unyielding team. Haley Malaske earned the Outstanding Player honor and was also recipient of the Oren Terrill Excellence Award, named for the longtime PHS coach/teacher/administrator for whom the PHS Field House is named.
Coach Monty Unruh of the Huskies cited the contributions from the talented duo of Tyler Culver and Bryce Wilson, who joined the team for their senior season and provided it with immediate inside viability. Another senior, Mason Moody, received the Max Shuck Award, named for the 1970’s head coach who led PHS to a pair of state championships.
Top offensive player — Culver; top defensive player — Wilson.
After a 6-3 dual season and the qualification of four to the state tournament, head coach Wade Rogers said the future is bright for the Pawhuska mat squad.
Huskie seniors Taylor Priest and Zalin Edwards place fourth at state and Woodland senior Grant Moore narrowly missed the medal round. Another senior, Sean Valencia, was named to receive the special Smoot/Chambers Memorial Award. PHS freshman Levi Youngwolfe, a runnerup at the Regional Tourney, tops a strong crop of returning underclassmen.
Co-Outstanding wrestlers — Taylor Priest and Zalin Edwards; Smoot/Chambers Memorial Award — Sean Valencia.
Four-year team member Morgan Waddle was honored by head coach Jodi Culver along with two other seniors, Darian Lookout and Haley Malaske.
Senior member Caleb Miller was recognized on behalf of director Joshua Burrows.
Head coach Bob Craig recognized the accomplishments by senior members of the team who qualified to the 2A state playoffs in all four of their seasons.
Singled out for special honors were a pair of seniors: District Quarterback of the Year and Region 2 Athlete of the Year Zalin Edwards and District Outside Linebacker of the Year Bryce Wilson, who also has been named to play in the Red River Classic All-Star Game.
Seniors Logan BigEagle, Connor McNeil, Taylor Priest and Kendall Oller received special recognition. Freshman John Bighorse was recognized for his selection for all-district linebacker honors.
Four-year starter Haley Malaske was named Team MVP by head coach Olivia Chronister, who designated senior Alexis Martin as the Outstanding Defensive Player.