Mohawks Win District Title

Thursday, October 17, 2013
Coach Paul Seegraves (left) and the District Champion Piggott Mohawk Boy's tennis team.(photo courtesy Heather Seegraves)

The Mohawk boys' tennis team completed their quest for back-to-back district championships Thursday, Oct.10 at Allen Park in Jonesboro. The title marks the 14th district championship the tennis program has produced since it was formed in the early 1990's.

In dominate fashion the boy's team took the title with 19 points, easily outperforming Harrisburg with 5, Corning and Harding Academy with 2 each and Earle with 0. With the win the Mohawk boys' squad extends its record to 13-2 on the season.

Longtime coach Paul Seegraves was also recognized, garnering Boys' Coach of the Year honors for the conference. He was also selected for the 18th time to serve on the state tennis seeding committee by the Arkansas Activities Association.

Meanwhile, the Lady Mohawks finished a disappointing fourth in district, but did qualify one player to next week's state tournament.

Boys Singles

In boys' singles action top-seeded Quinton Mauldin of PHS beat Chase Weller of Corning 6-2 and 6-2 to advance to the semi-finals. He then beat Ayson Lamb of Harrisburg by a same score, 6-2 and 6-2.

Meanwhile, third seeded Jacob Wellman advanced out of the second round by beating Drew Price of Harrisburg 6-4 and 7-6 (7-5). Wellman then upset the second-seed, Matt Francis of Harding Academy by scores of 6-2 and 6-3.

This would set up an all-Piggott final, and Mauldin posted the win over Wellman 4-6, 6-0 and 6-4 to take the singles title.

Based on their performances both Mauldin and Wellman have qualified for the 3A state tennis tournament, being held next Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 21 and 22, at Burns Park in North Little Rock.

Boys' Doubles

In boys' doubles action the team of Trevor Grubb and Will Jett easily got by the Harrisburg team of Blake Powell and Jake Chatman 6-0 and 6-2 to advance out of the first round. In the semi-finals they faced Ryan Curtis and Kiefer Hartwig of Corning and beat their cross-county rivals 6-3 and 6-1. This set-up the championship match, as the talented Mohawks faced the second-seeded team from Harrisburg, Matt Walton and Nathan Neal. But, Grubb and Jett would prevail by a final of 6-4 and 6-1 to take the win.

Meanwhile, the Mohawk's third-seeded doubles team of Hunter Holcomb and Teddy Arriola were also successful, as they beat Dominique Stinnett and Aaron Davis of Earle 6-4 and 7-5 to advance to the semi-finals. In that round they fell to Walton and Neal of Harrisburg 5-7 and 3-6. The duo then dropped a set to Curtis and Hartwig of Corning 1-8 to secure a fourth place finish.

By virtue of their finishes, both doubles teams also qualify for next week's state tournament at North Little Rock.

The boys' tennis team is seeded second for the state tournament behind Episcopal Collegiate. Quinton Mauldin is seeded third, Jacob Wellman is seeded 8th in the singles bracket while Grubb/Jett are seeded 2nd and Holcomb/Arriola are seeded 13th in doubles play.

Girls' Team

The Lady Mohawks also competed in the district at Jonesboro, and finished in fourth place by scoring 4 points. Taking the district title was Corning with 13 points, while Harrisburg finished second with 12 and Harding Academy was third with 6. The Lady Mohawks did finish ahead of Earle, with 0 points, as they end their season with a record of 3-11-3.

Girls' Singles

In girls' singles play second-seeded Katelynn Woodard beat Lexi Smith of Harrisburg 6-0 and 6-3 in the second round. In the semi-finals she fell to third seeded, and eventual champion, Shayna Cassinger of Corning 6-1 and 6-1. Woodard then came back and took third place by beating Taylor Landreth of Corning 8-2. Based on her finish Woodard will be taking part in next week's 3A state tennis tournament at Burns Park in North Little Rock.

By virtue of her finish, she is the 11th seeded player in the girls' singles bracket.

Also in singles action, eighth seeded Hannah Wagster beat Alichua White of Earle 6-0 and 6-02 in the first round. In the second round she lost to top-seeded, but eventual district runner-up, Nicole Swann of Harding Academy 4-6 and 3-6.

Girls' Doubles

In girls doubles play the fifth seeded team of Sadie Sawyers and Meghan Woodard fell to fourth-seeded Julie Cole and Kayla Woolard of Corning 1-6, 6-3 and 1-6. Meanwhile, the seventh-seeded duo of Madison Crittenden and Kourtney Chadwell beat Keja Berry and Miyah Meredith of Earle 6-0 and 6-2 in the first round. In the second round they fell to the second-seeded team of Lauren Hovis and Landon Brownfiel of Corning 0-6 and 0-6.

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