Mohawk Tennis Teams Finish Third at State
The Piggott Mohawk tennis teams continued a tradition of competing in the state 3A tournament a North Little Rock last week, bringing home two third place finishes. The Mohawks, under long time Coach Paul Seegraves, have come to be regular fixtures at the state tourney with both the girls and boys teams considered annual contenders for a title.
Coming off their district championships, both teams had qualified players for the state tournament in both singles and doubles play. The teams made the trip to Burns Park, in North Little Rock, and competed Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 20 and 21, and had good success.
In girls singles play, Lady Mohawk freshman standout Emilee Seegraves defeated Kaylin Martin of Atkins 6-0 and 6-0 in the first round. She then followed that up with a win over Mary Claire Patton of Episcopal Collegiate 6-3 and 6-1. Last year Patton was an All-State selection, and finished as the state runner-up in doubles play.
In the semifinals Seegraves fell in a hard fought battle to senior Alisha Davis of Jessieville 4-6 and 3-6. She was able to rebound though, as she took the third place set over Miranda LaRue of Bergman by default.
For her performance this season, and in the state tournament, the talented freshman was named as an All-State selection.
Meanwhile, Piggott's Devyn Staples defeated Kiki Cantrell of Lakeside-Lake Village by scores of 6-2 and 6-2. In the second round, Staples lost to top seeded, and eventual state champion, Shelby Worsham of Episcopal Collegiate 0-6 and 0-6.
In doubles action, Sadie Sawyers and Meghan Woodard defeated Alexandra Webb and Sydney Webb of Atkins 7-5 and 6-2. In the second round, Sawyers and Woodard lost to fourth seeded Lacie Hulse and Alyssa English of Fordyce 1-9, 3-6.
In team play, Episcopal Collegiate won their eighth straight team state championship with 17 points. Haas Hall Academy of Fayetteville was state runner-up with six points and the Piggott girls were third with four points.
In boys singles action in the first round, Piggott's Jacob Wellman made another trip to the state tourney and beat Dalton Grinder of Valley Springs 6-1 and 6-2. In the second round he was upset by eventual third place finisher Josef Braunfisch of Episcopal Collegiate 2-6 and 4-6.
For his performance this season, and at the tournament, Wellman was selected as an All-State Honorable Mention.
Meanwhile, Piggott's Quinton Mauldin defeated Hunter Dann of McGehee 6-1and 6-0 in the first round. In the second round Mauldin lost to top seeded, and eventual state champion, Jack Nolan of Episcopal Collegiate 2-6, 3-6. Last year Nolan was the state runner-up in singles.
In doubles play, Piggott's Kyle Allman and Caleb Higgins upset Tyler Waxley and Joseph Clark of Smackover 6-1, 7-6 (7-1). In the second round, the duo lost to second seeded and eventual state runner-ups Josh Ricken and Logan Sanderson of Haas Hall 0-6 and 1-6.
Meanwhile, the doubles team of Beau Jett and Nicholas Harris lost to top seeded, and eventual state champion, Kihwan Yoo and Scotty Nichols of Episcopal Collegiate 0-6 and 0-6. With the win Yoo and Nichols won back-to-back championships.
The victory also helped push Episcopal Collegiate to their second straight team championship with 18 points, while Haas Hall Academy finished second with 12 and the Piggott boys were third with three points.
"I'd just like to take a moment and thank the players, the parents, supporters, school staff and the Clay County Times-Democrat for working together for the tennis team this year," Coach Seegraves surmised.