Recapping a Big Week in Local Sports
October always brings some of the most exciting weeks of high school sports, and the past week is perfect testament. Among the milestones and accomplishments it included was Rector's Kade Scott winning the 2A state golf tournament at Thunder Bay in Blytheville. Just a junior, Scott blistered the course for a 72 to take the title by six strokes.
On Tuesday evening the Lady Mohawks secured a first place finish in the 3A-Northeast volleyball conference with a big road win over Walnut Ridge. The Tribe then went on and wrapped up the outright championship, and first place seeding for the upcoming state tournament, with a home win over CRA on Thursday night.
Also this week, the Piggott Mohawk tennis teams completed yet another sweep, taking both the boys and girls conference championships at Allen Park in Jonesboro. Emilee Seegraves and Jacob Wellman were both singles conference champs, with Seegraves getting by teammate Devyn Staples in her final. Meanwhile, the top seeded girls doubles team of Sadie Sawyers and Meghan Woodard beat Cassidy Mitchell and Madison Ermert of Corning in their final to take the title. Last year's boys singles champ Quinton Mauldin was upset in the first round after getting a bye, but bounced back for a third.
In boys doubles play the Mohawks teams of Kyle Allman and Caleb Higgins, and Beau Jett and Nicholas Harris, finished second and third, respectively.
Qualifying for the state tournament are Seegraves, Staples, Sawyers and Woodard from the girls team along with Wellman, Mauldin, Allman, Higgins, Jett and Harris for the boys.
But, Thursday night was not good for football and thunderstorms rolled through the region and caused numerous delays and postponements. The Junior Mohawk's game with Cedar Ridge was called after an hour rain delay, and is scheduled to be made up at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, at Parker Field. Sadly though, the forecast is calling for more severe weather on Monday. If the game is further postponed it will be posted to cctimesdemocrat.com
Friday night was also a dismal night for football, as the Rector Cougars celebrated homecoming at Temerian Field and the Tribe was on the road at Cedar Ridge.
As for the Mohawks, they endured continual rain as they ground out a 30-22 win over the Timberwolves, in a contest which was actually much more lopsided. Two Piggott touchdowns were called back on penalty flags in the first half, and the conditions hampered the much-quicker Mohawk running backs, as the Tribe notched the win in the first-ever meeting of the two programs.
Meanwhile, the Cougars had their hands full with the talented Warriors of EPC, dropping a 42-0 decision as the rains fell.
Checking other conference scores for the two teams--in 2A-3 action it was Cross County 41-Salem 0, Earle 62-Walnut Ridge 0 and Marked Tree 40-Midland 19.
In the 3A-3 conference-- Melbourne 49-Corning 22, Hoxie 49-Rivercrest 14 and Osceola 39-Manila 8.
Friday night the Mohawks will celebrate homecoming at Parker Field as they host the Bearkatz of Melbourne, while the Cougars will host the Midland Mustangs in conference play.
More details on this big week in sports may be found in the Oct. 15 print and online editions of the CCTD.