Mohawk Tennis Posts Wins, Sets Milestone
The Piggott Mohawk tennis team posted several wins in the past week, including the 300th career victory for longtime coach Paul Seegraves. They were slated to host Corning Tuesday afternoon, but complete stats and scores were not available as of press time.
The Mohawks took on non-conference Earle on Sept. 21, at Jonesboro as part of a tri-match with Brookland. The Tribe took both the girls and boys sets, with the boy's 5-1 win the 300th of Seegraves' career.
In girls singles play it was Emilee Seegraves over last year's 2A state qualifier Aundrea Allen 6-0, while Devyn Staples downed Kierra McKenzie 6-0. The girls also swept doubles play, with Madison Crittenden and Meghan Woodard beating Logan and Curk 6-2; Kourtney Chadwell and Ambrea Massey beat White and Meredith 6-3; Britany Hobbs and Alex McDaniel edged Ozzer and Aila 6-3 and Staples and Massey handled Banks and Strong 6-1.
The boy's took their set 5-1 over last year's state qualifier Bulldog team. In singles play it was Tyler Peters past Matt Pigues 6-1 while Caleb Higgins downed Melo Logan 6-0. In doubles action, Kyle Allman and Quinton Mauldin beat Harris and Smith 6-0; Nicholas Harris and Beau Jett downed Pigues and Williams 6-1; Kaleb Chadwell and Isaac Morris fell to Harris and Smith 1-6 and Alex Baber and Noah Fuller beat Pigues and Williams 6-1. The victory was the 300th for Seegraves, who took over the program in the early 1990s.
Both teams beat the Bearcats, with the ladies taking their set 5-3 while the boys prevailed 4-1
In girls singles play Seegraves fell to last year's 2A state singles champion Bailey Lovrien 5-7; staples beat Madison Loflin 6-3; Crittenden beat Elizabeth Mansfield 6-4 and Woodard downed Haley Morgan 6-1. In doubles action the team of Crittenden and Woodard fell to Lovrien and Loflin 0-6; Chadwell and Massey were beaten by Ashton Mooneyham and Mallorie Lovrein 3-6; Hobbs and McDaniel beat Hammett and Mansfield 6-4 and Chadwell and McDaniel downed Hyde and Zhu 6-0.
The boys got singles wins from Caleb Higgins, as he downed Ethan Allred 6-1, while Tyler Peters fell to Jaxon Williams 2-6. In doubles play, Allman and Mauldin beat McCamey and Allred 6-2; Harris and Jett downed Williams and McCamey 6-0 and Josh Lyman and Carrington McDaniel beat Williams and Grant Goss 6-0.
Both teams visited Pocahontas on Tuesday, Sept. 22 with the girls posting a 3-2 win and the boy's recording a 4-1 victory in non-conference play.
In girls singles action Seegraves beat Anna Baltz 6-2 and Britany Hobbs fell to Skylar Frazier 0-6 while Staples took her set with Baltz by way of the tie-breaker, 7-6(10-8). In doubles play Crittenden and Woodard beat Capps and Frazier 6-0, then Chadwell and Massey fell to the same duo 3-6.
In boys singles play Nicholas Harris beat Chase McDonough 6-0, and Peters got a win over McDonough 6-2 while Fuller fell to Ty McDonough 0-6. In doubles play, Harris and Jett prevailed over Ty McDonough and Jared Wren 6-4 and McDaniel and Lyma beat the same duo 6-3.
On Thursday, Sept. 24 the Lady Mohawks visited Caruthersville and took the match 5-4.
In singles play, Seegraves beat Hannah Bishop 6-1; Staples downed Katelyn Akins 6-2 and Woodard got by Samantha Faulkner 6-3. Meanwhile Crittenden fell to Claire Young 2-6; Alex McDaniel was beaten by Katlyn Riggs 2-6 and Hobbs fell to Gracie Martin 0-6.
In doubles play Staples and Woodard beat Bishop and Akins 6-1; Seegraves and Crittenden downed Faulkner and Young 7-5 and Chadwell and Massey fell to Riggs and Martin 2-6.
With the win the Lady Mohawks extended their season record to 12-3-1. Meanwhile, the boys now stand at 11-3 overall.
All teams were slated to be in action Monday against Harding Academy and Harrisburg, and the girls' team was slated to host Corning on Tuesday afternoon, although rainy conditions made that unlikely. The squads are scheduled to tune-up for the upcoming district next Monday, Oct. 5, with a home match against Corning. The district tournament will be played next Thursday, Oct. 8, at Allen Park in Jonesboro. The state tournament is set for Oct. 19 and 20, at Burn's Park in North Little Rock and the overall state will be held Oct. 28 and 29, also at Burn's Park.