Mohawk All-Sports Banquet, Part Two
In part two of the review of athletes recognized at the annual Piggott Mohawk All-Sports Banquet, held Tuesday, May 19, winter and spring sports are included. Also included is the Lady Mohawk softball squad, as the team held its own recognition ceremony last Tuesday, May 26, since they were involved in state tournament play when the banquet was held.
PHS principal Barry DeHart agreed to take over the girl's basketball program for one season, and under his guidance the senior high team continued to improve throughout the campaign. At the banquet DeHart handed out a number of awards and recognition, although assistant coach Melissa Hopkins-Turner and several of the recipients were with the softball team and unable to attend.
Junior standout Devyn Staples was recognized for leading the team in assists on the season, and also had the best two-point and three-point field goal average. Meanwhile, McKenzie Hopkins and Shelby Chavez-Pruett tied in leading the team in rebounds and Alexa DeHart had the best free throw percentage on the season.
Also recognized as All-Conference selections were Staples and senior Bailey Pollard.
Coach David Reynolds, and assistant Alan Rabjohn, handed out a variety of awards and recognition to members of the Mohawk basketball teams. For the junior high team, most improved honors went to DillonBellers and Spencer Hardin, while Brett Burns earned the defensive award and Quinton Reeves garnered the hustle award. Meanwhile, the Mr. Mohawk award went to Alex Gibson.
For the senior high team, the most improved honor went to Logan Dixon, while Nicholas Harris received the defensive award, the hustle award went to Quinton Mauldin and the Mr. Mohawk award went to senior Nick McKinnie. This year's Mohawk teammate award was also shared by two seniors, as Jordan Blascoe and Jacob Wellman were honored with the recognition.
Also recognized as 3A-3 All Conference selections were Dixon, Harris and Brayden Brewer. And, Harris was also honored for selection to the Pre-Holiday All Tournament team.
Reynolds also took over the Mohawk baseball program this spring, and along with Rabjohn as his assistant, helped a very young squad mature throughout the campaign. During the banquet he handed out the following honors. Winner of this year's offensive award was Tyler Peters, while Celeston Haywood garnered recognition as most improved. This year's defensive award went to Bret Fuller, the Mohawk teammate award went to Bryce Howard and the coveted Mr. Mohawk award went to the only senior on the squad, Jordan Blascoe.
The Mohawk track teams had a strong spring, evident by several district championships and two state titles. During the banquet coaches Michael Harrell and Walter Rau recognized the Tribe thinclads for their accomplishments.
For the junior high boys team, Nate Mallard was recognized for a district title in the shot, while Spencer Hardin took runner-up in the 1600 meters, Dalton Morris was runner-up in the 110 meter hurdles, the 4x100 relay team of Austin Moore, Jacob Scott, Cade Harrell and Gunner Shaw were runner-ups and the 4x400 relay team of Moore, Shaw, Harrell and Michael Salyards were also runner-ups.
Meanwhile, the men's team recognized Nick McKinnie as district and state 100 meter dash champion and district runner-up and state champ in the 200. Bradley Stephens as district runner-up, third in the state in the 100 meter dash and district runner-up in the 400 meter dash. McKinnie and Stephens, along with Logan Dixon and Justin Goding, were also recognized as the district champion 4x100 relay team and state runner-ups. The relay squad also took runner-up in the district meet in the 4x400. Seth Lacey was recognized as the district runner-up, and state runner-up, in the shot put. And, the 4x800 relay team of Goding, Harrell, Bret Fuller and Elijah Bellers was recognized as the district runner-ups.
All-District selections included McKinnie, Stephens, Dixon, Goding, Lacey, Harrell, Bellers, Fuller and Hardin. Meanwhile, All-State selections included McKinnie, Stephens, Dixon, Goding and Lacey.
The Lady Mohawk softball team finished the season unbeaten in conference then swept the district tournament for that title as well. The Tribe then traveled to Harrison, where they made it to the regional final before dropping a game. This qualified the Mohawks for the 3A state tournament, where they fell in the second round to end a strong campaign under Coach Nikki Speer and assistant Melissa Hopkins-Turner.
Due to their participation in the state softball tournament, the team held their own awards banquet last week and handed out the following honors and recognition.
Named as All-Conference selections from 3A-3 this year were Devyn Staples, MaKalia Beck, Grayson Murray, Shelby Morgan and Hannah Powell. Those garnering All-Conference Honorable Mentions were Taylor Choate, Tara Vaughn and Lexi Herren.
Based on her play at Harrison, Shelby Morgan was named to the All-State Tournament Team, while Staples and Murray were named as All-State selections for this past season.
Morgan also received the 2015 Lady Mohawk softball teammate award, while the Miss Mohawk Award for this year went to senior McKenzie Hopkins. Speer also handed out recognition to Ally Kilbreath for the most home runs this season, and the award for most team spirit went to Haley Zaeck.