Tennis Season Underway for Tribe
The Piggott Mohawk tennis teams got their regular season underway recently with matches at Allen Park in Jonesboro. On Monday, Aug. 26, they took on 2A powerhouse Riverside and fell in both the boy's and girl's sets. Then, on Thursday, Aug. 29, they split with Crowley's Ridge Academy with the girls playing to a draw while the boys easily took their match.
The Mohawks have remained idle since, but were scheduled to return to action Tuesday, Sept. 10, with a non-conference set at Pocahontas against the 4A Redskins.
This season longtime Mohawk tennis Coach Paul Seegraves has a mix of returning talent and young players, but is still expected to make an impact in conference play.
Back from last year's boy's state 3A championship team are seniors Trevor Grubb, Will Jett, Hunter Holcomb, Gary Petago and Dakota Burr. Last year the doubles team of Grubb and Jett made it to the state tournament, and both were chosen as All-District and All-State performers. All are four year members of the squad, and Holcomb and Petago both earned honorable mention for All-District as sophomores.
They're joined on the team by junior Jacob Wellman, a three year player and an All-District honorable mention as a sophomore. Three sophomores are also on the roster, including All-District selection Quinton Mauldin along with Teddy Arriola and Beau Jett. Rounding out the boy's team is freshman Caleb Higgins.
The team manager for the boy's squad is Carrington McDaniel.
The girl's team has only two seniors this year, Katelynn Woodard and Hannah Wagster. Woodard is a four year player, and was an All-District selection as a junior, while Wagster is in her third year on the team. Also on the roster are four sophomores, second year players Madison Crittenden and Meghan Woodard and first year players Brittany Austin and Megan Johnson. Rounding out the roster are three freshmen, Kourtney Chadwell, Alex McDaniel and Jillian Noles.
The manager for the girl's team is Emilee Seegraves.
Mohawks vs Riverside
The Tribe started their season Aug. 26, with a match against the three time 2A state champion Riverside Rebels and were swept on the day.
The Lady Mohawks fell 0-7, dropping all five singles matches and both doubles sets. In singles play Hannah Wagster fell to three time state single champ Anna Brickell 0-6; Meghan Woodard lost to Kaitlyn Hale in a tiebreaker 6-7(2-7); Madison Crittenden was beaten by Sydney Emery 1-6; Jillian Noles fell to Natalie Milligan 0-6 and Kortney Chadwell was beat by Jordan Miller 0-6.
In girl's doubles play Wagster and Woodard fell to a pair of All-State players, as Chelsea Nichols and Kenzley Wilson took the set 1-6, while the team of Noles and Crittenden were beaten by Taylor Archer and Sydney Emery 0-6. Last year Wilson was a member of the state champion doubles team, while Nichols finished third in the state and Emery was sixth in doubles play.
The boys fared only slightly better, falling 1-10 to the only team to beat the Mohawks last season.
Quinton Mauldin got the lone victory, beating All-State selection Kollin Stone 6-3. Meanwhile, Jacob Wellman faced another All-State selection, and fell to Cody Webb 5-7; Trevor Grubb fell to Devon Austin, who finished sixth in singles play last year, 2-6; Will Jett dropped his set to Gavin Stone 3-6; Hunter Holcomb was downed by Levi Reed 0-6; Terry Arriola dropped his set to Sam Meurer 1-6 and Caleb Higgins was beaten by Grant Mason 0-6.
In doubles play Grubb and Jett fell to Webb and Austin 2-6; Holcomb and Petago dropped their set to Kollin Stone and Reed 2-6; Wellman and Dakota Burr fell to Milligan and Stone 2-6 and Arriola and Beau Jett dropped their set to Baker and Poe 3-6.
Mohawks vs CRA
The Tribe split with the Falcons of CRA on Thursday, Aug. 29, at Allen Park with the girls playing to a draw 2-2 and the boy's sweeping the day by a score of 15-1.
The girls split their singles matches, with Woodard falling to Kelsey Cates 3-4 and Crittenden taking a default from Karena Barlow. In doubles action it was the team of Wagster and Sawyers over Barlow and Cates 4-0, while Chadwell and McDaniel fell to the same duo 1-4.
The boy's plowed through the Falcons, a team which finished eighth in 2A last season. Mauldin beat Dustin Schonfield 6-1; Wellman downed Tyler Wood 6-1; Grubb beat Levi Wallis 6-2; Will Jett downed Zach Dicus 6-3; Holcomb shut out Collin Luke 6-0; Arriola by Tyler Combs 6-0; Burr beat Alex Newbose 6-0; Petago beat Shawn Jernigan 6-1; Beau Jett downed Tyler Sasco 6-0 and Caleb Higgins beat Colton French 6-2.
In doubles play it was the team of Grubb and Jett over Wallis and Wood 6-3; Mauldin and Arriola downed Dicus and Sisco 6-0; Wellman and Burr beat Jernigan and Evan Gardener 6-0; Beau Jett and Higgins beat Luke and French 6-2 and the same two Mohawks then beat Newbose and Brown 6-2. The lone loss for the Tribe was in doubles play, as Holcomb and Petago fell to Schonfield and Taylor Brown 3-6.
Going into Tuesday's sets at Pocahontas the girls stood at 0-1-1 on the season while the boy's pushed their record to 1-1. The squads will also be in action next Monday, Sept. 16, as they host Corning, and the girl's team will travel to Caruthersville the following day, Tuesday, Sept. 17 for a set with the Lady Tigers. The following Monday, Sept. 23, both the boys and the girls will be in action at Allen Park in Jonesboro in a quad match featuring Harding Academy, Harrisburg and the Corning "B" squad.