Lady Huskies Kirk, Phillippi earn All-State Soccer honors

Mike ErwinJournal Capital

College-bound athletes Keylee Kirk and Sarah Phillippi will represent Pawhuska High School one more time Saturday in the Oklahoma Soccer Coaches Association All-State Game at Catoosa High School.

The multitalented Lady Huskies were named to the East All-Star squad for the Class 4A matchup. Kickoff for the 4A girls’ East-West game is set for 6 p.m. The 4A boys’ contest will follow around 8 p.m, association officials said.

OSCA’s Class 6A All-State games will be played Thursday at 6 p.m. (girls) and 8 p.m. (boys), and the 5A matches are scheduled at corresponding times Friday. Admission each night is to be $5 for adults and $3 for students.

This is the third time in the PHS soccer program’s five-year history that two Lady Huskies have been selected for an OSCA All-State Game.

Lady Huskies’ Andie Sweeden and Macy Hurd were East Team starters in last year’s 4A All-Star match played at Noble. In 2012, Chancey Frost and Morgan Shuping represented Pawhuska in OSCA All-State competition at Stillwater High School. Surprisingly, when PHS reached the quarterfinals of the 4A state playoffs in 2014, it had no All-State Game representatives — although Carlie Culver and Morgan Waddle would certainly have been deserving of the honor.

This season, forward Phillippi and midfielder Kirk were chosen from an ultra-strong group of Lady Huskie seniors which included other All State-caliber players like Karissa Hughes, Genie Herren and Danae Laird. PHS coach Giovanie Soliano said the association limited the number of players a coach could nominate — which made his job especially difficult this post-season.

While Kirk has signed a letter of intent to play soccer next fall at Northern Oklahoma College of Tonkawa, Phillippi is committed to running track next spring for Rogers State University at Claremore.

Inola’s Cara Crutchfield will coach the 4A East team on Friday. Her squad will include two of her own Lady Longhorns, as well as the Lady Huskie duo and another pair from Wagoner. Three players each from host Catoosa and Ft. Gibson are on the East roster, while there is one representative apiece from Poteau, Keys, Victory Christian, Hilldale, Grove, Summit Christian, Claremore Sequoyah, Porter, Metro Christian, Mannford and state-runnerup Verdigris.

The West All-Star girls will be coached by Daniel Hill of Class 4A’s state champion Harrah Lady Panthers. Elk City is the only school with three players on the team, while Harrah, Ada, Clinton, Bridge Creek and Kingfishers all will have a pair of representatives.