Local Duo Shine in Tennis Tourney Play
Emilee and Shawn-Hudson Seegraves of Piggott recently took part in tournament play, with events held in both Jonesboro and Little Rock.
On May 2 to 4 the local kids participated in the Otter Creek Summer Championship, held at Otter Creek in Little Rock.
In girl's play, Emilee got a bye after earning the number one seed, then went on to take her semi-final match over Grace Harris, of Little Rock, 6-2 and 6-4. Harris was ranked 16th in the state in her class.
Then, in the championship match, Emilee beat the second ranked player in the state, Nicole Evans of Rogers, 6-3 and 6-1.
With the wins she retained her number one ranking in the state at Level 5.
Meanwhile, Shawn-Hudson competed in Level 4, which along with Levels 1 through 3 are considered advanced. In the first round he dropped a hard-fought match with Mills Arnold, of Jonesboro, the ninth ranked player in the state 5-4 (7-2), 4-5 (5-7) and 3-7.
He then bounced back in the consolation championship against Harrison Deer, of Fort Smith, taking the match 4-1 and 4-0.
The second tournament was the Rice Bowl Championship, held May 16 to 18, at the Jonesboro Country Club.
In competition in the advanced Level 4 tournament, Emilee took part in the round-robin format. In the first round she fell to Olivia Melton, of Jonesboro, 6-3, 5-7 and 8-10. This setback put her chances of winning the title at risk, as she would have to win-out over her remaining opponents while Melton would have to fall in straight sets to another opponent.
In the second round she beat Kayton Harris, of Kennett, 6-0 and 6-0, while Melton lost in straight sets.
In the third round Emilee defeated Elizabeth Kincannon, of Jonesboro, 6-0 and 6-1, setting up a shot at the title.
In the final round she prevailed over Mallory Piwonka, of Memphis, by scores of 6-3 and 7-5, despite a partisan crowd cheering for her opponent. And, with the win she took the tournament title.
Meanwhile, Shawn-Hudson competed in Level 5, was named as the number one seed and received a first round bye. In the second round he defeated Rory McDaniel, of Jonesboro, the eighth ranked player in the state by scores of 4-1 and 4-2.
In the championship he was pitted against Edward Read, of Jonesboro, the fifth ranked player in the state and prevailed 4-0 and 4-0.
With the win he also retained his number one ranking in the state in Level 5.