Mohawk Tennis Teams Once Again Champs
The Mohawk tennis teams combined for their 16th District Championship in program history at the District Tournament held Oct. 9, at Allen Park in Jonesboro. Based on their success, players from both the boys and girls squads will compete in the state tournament at North Little Rock next week.
The Lady Mohawk tennis team won the District Championship by scoring 15 points while Corning finished with four points, Harding Academy had two points and Cedar Ridge finished with none. With the win the Lady Mohawks set a new school record for wins at 18-5.
In singles play, top-seeded Emilee Seegraves, a freshman, received a bye until the semifinals. She defeated third seeded Nicole Swann of Harding Academy--last year's district runner-up in singles 6-0, 6-3. In the finals, she would face teammate Devyn Staples. A junior, Staples was seeded fourth and defeated Haley Smith of Harding Academy 6-2, 6-2 in the first round. In the semifinals, Staples upset defending district singles champion Shayna Casinger of Corning, the second seed, 6-2, 1-6, 7-5. In the all Piggott final, Seegraves defeated Staples 6-0, 6-0.
In girls doubles action it was top-seeded Sadie Sawyers and Meghan Woodard receiving a bye until the semifinals. Sawyers/Woodard then defeated Sadie Couch/Caitlyn Carpenter of Corning 6-3, 6-1. In the finals, Sawyers/Woodard defeated second seeded Cassidy Mitchell and Madison Ermert, of Corning, 0-6, 6-3, 6-1. Meanwhile for the Tribe, Kourtney Chadwell and Alex McDaniel lost to third seeded Rachel Moore and Shelly Campbell of Harding Academy 3-6, 2-6.
Based on their performances, Seegraves, Staples, Sawyers and Woodard qualified for the state tournament. It will be held at Burns Park in North Little Rock on Oct 20 and 21. All four were also named All-District.
The Mohawk boys shared the District Championship with Harding Academy by scoring seven points each while Corning scored six and Cedar Ridge none. This is the third straight championship for the boys' tennis team, as they finished at 19-1-1, also a team record for wins in a season.
In singles play, top-seeded Jacob Wellman received a bye until the semifinals. Wellman then defeated fourth seeded John David Stewart of Harding Academy 6-4, 6-0. In the finals, The Mohawks were trailing Harding Academy 4-7 in the team standings and needed two things to happen to earn the team championship--Corning needed to beat Harding Academy in the doubles championship and Wellman would have to win to pick up the three points needed for the championship. After the Bobcats obliged, Wellman defeated second seed Matt Francis of Harding Academy 7-6 (9-7), 6-1 in the championship. Third seeded Quinton Mauldin received a bye until the semifinals, and would later lose to Francis of Harding Academy 6-7 (7-9), 4-6. But, Mauldin would bounce back and defeat Stewart of Harding Academy 8-0 for third place.
In boys doubles action fourth seeded Kyle Allman and Caleb Higgins defeated Brett Kernodle of Harding Academy 6-3, 6-2 in the first round. In the semifinals, Allman/Higgins would lose to top seeded Keifer Hartwig and Clint Hovis of Corning 0-6, 2-6. Second seeded Beau Jett and Nicholas Harris received a bye until the semifinals, where they were upset by third seeded Luke Diles and Brock Henderson of Harding Academy 3-6, 5-7. This would set up an all-Piggott battle for third place. In that match Allman and Higgins won against Jett and Harris 8-5.
Wellman, Mauldin, Allman, Higgins, Jett, and Harris also qualified for the State Tournament. The six Mohawks were also named All-District.
In addition to those honors, Tyler Peters and Carrington McDaniel were named Honorable Mention for their outstanding play during the regular season. Longtime Mohawk tennis Coach Paul Seegraves was also named Coach of the Year for both programs, an honor he has received several times since taking over the program over 20 years ago.