Weather Puts Hold on Spring Sports Schedule
The Piggott Lady Mohawk softball team was scheduled to kick-off their 2014 campaign on Monday afternoon with a road game at Hoxie. Meanwhile, the baseball team was slated to visit Coach Shawn Hearn's alma mater, the Blytheville Chicks. But, Mother Nature dumped several inches of ice and snow on the region over the weekend, prompting postponement of the start of the regular season for the time being.
But, suffice it to say both the Tribe and the Lady Mohawks will be ready when the weather chooses to cooperate as they've spent hours in preparation for the season to come.
Taking a look at this year's Lady Mohawk softball team we're reminded that last year's squad was a young group, with a core of talented freshmen providing the basis for their success. The team weathered an up-and-down regular season, then surprised Manila in the district tournament to earn a spot in the regional bracket only to lose in the first round.
Helping with the success was then-freshman Devyn Staples, who along with senior Mallory Wright earned All-District honors for 3A-3.
Staples, along with several other starters, are back for this season and the experience should provide a good basis for Coach Nikki Speer and her new assistant, Melissa Hopkins-Turner.
Last year there were only two seniors on the squad, this year there are four seniors on the roster, and all have had ample experience. The class of 2014 members of the team includes Taylor Davis, Kacey Crossfield, Bree Chandler and Melinda Blackmon.
There are only two juniors this year, and they aree McKenzie Hopkins and Caroline Rodery. The talented sophomores include Staples, along with Shelby Morgan, MaKalia Beck, Taylor Choate, Tara Vaughn and Allison Moffitt. The squad will also benefit from playing time from freshmen Grayson Murray, Brooke Moore and Elizabeth Hobbs.
Serving as managers this year for the team are Colby Crossfield, Allison Kilbreath and Hannah Powell.
"We're really looking forward to this season," Speer noted of the challenge ahead. "And I'd like to say a big thank-you to Piggott State Bank for their support in buying us the shirts and bats--we sure appreciate all they do."
In preparation for the season at hand, Piggott State Bank donated team shirts to each member of the squad and donated the new 2014 Xeno bat to be used by the squad.
This year's schedule called for road games this Tuesday, March 4 and Thursday, March 6, at Hoxie and Osceola. The team is then slated to visit Rector on March 10, and weather permitting will open the home schedule against Rivercrest on Tuesday, March 11.
They're scheduled to visit Harrisburg on March 13, will host Manila on March 18 and will play in a tournament at Rivercrest on Saturday, March 29. The girls will wrap up the month of March with a home set against Armorel on Monday, March 31.
On Tuesday, April 1 they're scheduled to visit Campbell for a non-conference game with the Lady Camels and on Thursday, April 3 they're scheduled to host Corning at Independence Park.
The Lady Mohawks will take part in a tournament at New Madrid County Central the first weekend in April, and will host the Kennett Lady Indians on Monday, April 7.
The conference schedule continues on April 10 with a trip to Rivercrest, then non-conference Walnut Ridge and Portageville will visit Piggott on April 14 and 15. The Tribe will visit Manila on Thursday, April 17 and then travel to Armorel for a non-conference game with the Lady Tigers on Monday, April 21.
The final conference game will be played at Corning on Thursday, April 24 and the regular season will wrap up with a home set against the Lady Pirates of Gosnell on Tuesday, April 29 as the Mohawks prepare for post-season play.
Meanwhile, for the baseball team--The schedule calls for this year's home opener to be played next Tuesday, March 11 as the Tribe will host Hoxie at Independence Park. They'll be back in action on Thursday, March 13 as Osceola was slated to come to town, and on Tuesday, March 18 as the Harrisburg Hornets will travel to Piggott.
On Monday, March 24 the Mohawks were scheduled to travel to Rivercrest for a set with the Colts and on Tuesday, April 1 they're scheduled to visit Harrisburg.
The Mohawks will take part in the annual "Duel on the Diamond" at Paragould the weekend of April 3 to 5, and will include a regular season game with Corning as part of the action on Thursday, April 3.
The regular season continues on Monday, April 7 with a home set against Manila. The following day, Tuesday, April 8, the Corning Bobcats will visit Independence Park for a conference set.
The Tribe will host the Blytheville Chicks on April 10, and will host Rivercrest on Tuesday, April 15. Later that week, on Thursday, April 17 the Mohawks will visit Manila and on Tuesday, April 22 they'll host non-conference East Poinsett County for a set with the Warriors.
The final conference game is set for Thursday, April 24 as the Tribe visits the Hoxie Mustangs. On Tuesday, April 29 they'll wrap up the regular season with a non-conference home set with the Redskins of Pocahontas.