Mohawk Volleyball, Tennis Set to Begin

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Quinton Mauldin of the Mohawk tennis team. Last year, as a sophomore, he finished third in the state in singles play in 3A, was chosen All-District for the second year in a row, was the District singles champ and named as an All-State selection.

The fall sports season is underway for the Tribe, with golf, volleyball and tennis action preceding the upcoming football season. In fact, the Lady Mohawk volleyball squad is scheduled to prep for the season at hand tonight, Thursday, Aug. 21, as they're slated to take part in a jamboree at Westside High School. The Tribe will be preparing for the start of regular season play, which gets underway Tuesday, Aug. 26, as they'll host Pocahontas in non-conference play at PHS. The matches are scheduled to get underway at 4:30 p.m. with all teams in action.

The Lady Mohawks will be back in action, and swing into 3A-Northeast conference play on Thursday, Aug. 28, as they host Midland at Piggott High. The schedule calls for a 4:30 start, as all teams are slated to be in action as the Lady Mustangs visit the Tribe for the first time as conference foes.

Following the upcoming Labor Day holiday, the Lady Mohawks will resume their season at Jonesboro on Thursday, Sept. 11, as they visit Ridgefield Christian in conference play. Then, on Saturday, Sept. 13, the senior squad will play in a tournament at Harrison.

The senior high team only will be in action on Monday, Sept. 15, as the Kennett Lady Indians visit PHS, and the following day, on Tuesday, Sept.16, the Tribe will visit Hoxie for a conference set. The first game is set to serve at 4:30 p.m. with all teams in action.

The Lady Timberwolves of Cedar Ridge also join the conference, and will visit Piggott High School on Thursday, Sept. 18, with all teams in action. And, on Monday, Sept. 22, the Mohawks will take the trip to Midland, with all teams in action beginning at 4:30 p.m. The Midland High School is located at Pleasant Plains, which is situated just off U.S. 167 about halfway between Bald Knob and Batesville.

On Tuesday, Sept. 23, the Tribe will host Walnut Ridge in conference play, with all teams playing beginning at 4:30 p.m. And, on Thursday, Sept 25 they'll travel to Paragould and visit Crowley's Ridge Academy in conference action. Again, all teams will be playing, and the first game will begin at 4:30.

Rounding out the September schedule is a trip to Pocahontas for a non-conference set with the Lady Redskins on Monday, Sept. 29, followed by a conference set at Piggott High on Tuesday, Sept. 30 against the Hoxie Lady Mustangs.

The Tribe will begin October on the road, as they visit Cedar Ridge on Thursday, Oct. 2, with all teams in action. Another new conference foe, Cedar Ridge High School is located in Newark.

The Mohawks will visit Walnut Ridge for a conference set on Tuesday, Oct. 7, and will host CRA on Thursday, Oct. 9. The team is slated to be in tournament play at Conway on Saturday, Oct. 11.

The Portageville Lady Bulldogs will visit PHS on Monday, Oct. 13, with only the senior team in action. And, the following day, Tuesday, Oct. 14, Ridgefield Christian will travel to Piggott to close out the conference schedule.

Meanwhile, the junior district tournament will be played the weekend of Oct. 18.

The senior squad will close out the regular schedule, and mark senior night, on Tuesday, Oct. 21, as they host former conference foes, and multiple state championship winners, the Lady Blazers of Valley View. The festivities are set to begin at 5 p.m. at PHS.

And, the 3A state volleyball tournament is set for Oct. 28 to 30 at Harrison, and is being hosted by Bergman High School. The state finals in all classes will be played on Saturday, Nov. 1, in the Hot Springs Convention Center.

Meanwhile, the Piggott Mohawk tennis teams are scheduled to begin the 2014 campaign on Monday, Aug.25, as they take on the perennially-tough Riverside Rebels at Jonesboro.

Long time PHS tennis coach Paul Seegraves has worked hard to put together a tough schedule this year for both his boy's and girl's teams, in what he terms, "probably the toughest of my career."

This season both squads will be young ones, with just one senior among the 11 boys on that team and just one senior among the nine girls on their squad.

Last season was a rebuilding year for the girls team, as they finished with a record of 3-11-3, fourth in district and 10th in the state in 3A.

But, the boy's team had a much stronger campaign, securing their second district championship in a row as they finished at 13-2 overall, and third in the state in the boy's 3A tournament.

But, the talented Riverside Rebels are a strong 2A program and should give the Tribe a good early season challenge.

"Their boy's team is the defending Class 2A state champions, and they virtually have their whole team intact from last year," Seegraves noted of their opponents. "But, their girl's team is no slouch either, since they've won the state title three out of the last four years."

Following the set with Riverside, the Mohawks will be back in action on Thursday, Aug. 28 as they take on CRA and Brookland at Jonesboro. Their first home match is set for Thursday, Sept.4, as they're slated to host the Caruthersville Lady Tigers in girls action at the municipal courts in Piggott.

On Monday, Sept. 8, they're slated to take part in a tri-match at Jonesboro with Harding Academy and Westside. And, they'll be back at home for a set with Paragould on Thursday, Sept. 11.

The Mohawks will visit Corning on Monday, Sept. 15, and the following day, Tuesday, Sept. 16, will face both Nettleton and Highland in a non-conference set at Jonesboro.

On Monday, Sept. 22, the Tribe will participate in a quad-match at Jonesboro, along with the teams from Harrisburg, Earle and Marked Tree. And, on Tuesday, Sept. 23, they'll visit Pocahontas for a tri-match with Highland and the host Indians.

The home-and-away series with the Lady Tigers will be completed on Thursday, Sept. 25 as the girls visit Caruthersville. And, on Monday, Sept. 29, the Mohawks will take on Corning and Harding Academy in a set at Jonesboro.

The Tribe will also take on the Bobcats at the Piggott courts to close out the month, as the Corning teams are scheduled to visit on Tuesday, Sept. 30.

The Mohawks are slated to visit Pocahontas on Thursday, Oct. 2 and will visit Corning on Monday, Oct. 6. The following day, Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Mohawk JV squad will play a home set with Marked Tree to close out the regular season.

The district tournament will be played at Allen Park in Jonesboro on Thursday, Oct. 9.

The 3A state tennis tournament will be played Oct. 20 and 21 at Burn's Park in North Little Rock, with the overall state tournament set for Oct. 29 and 30 at the same location.

Seegraves also noted additional matches will be added as the season progresses, as new conference member Cedar Ridge will be worked into the schedule as dates become available.

The golf team is also swinging into conference play, and more details may be found in the upcoming edition of the CCTD.

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