Lady Mohawks Win District, Boys Runner-Ups
The Piggott Lady Mohawk tennis team claimed yet another 3A-2 District Championship Thursday, Oct. 8, at Jonesboro. Meanwhile, the boy's team posted a runner-up finish. The Mohawk's, and longtime coach Paul Seegraves, hosted the tournament in the familiar confines of Allen Park.
The girl's squad scored 13 points to take the title, easily outdistancing Harding Academy's 6 point second place finish while Corning finished with 3 points and Cedar Ridge had 0. This gives the Lady Mohawks another back-to-back title, as they now stand at 16-4-1 on the season.
In singles play top-seeded Emilee Seegraves received a bye to the semifinals. In the semis she beat third seeded Allison Landreth of Corning 6-0 and 6-0 to advance to the final. In the championship match she beat second seeded Nicole Swann of Harding Academy 6-0 and 6-0 to notch her second straight District Championship.
In other singles play, fourth seeded Madison Crittenden beat sixth seeded Ashley Bettis of Corning 6-3 and 6-1. In the semi-finals she fell to Swann of Harding Academy 6-4 and 6-2. She bounced back in the third place match to defeat Landreth of Corning 8-6.
In doubles play the top-seeded team of Devyn Staples and Meghan Woodard received a bye to the semi-finals. In the semis they beat fifth seeded Alea Davis and Caitlyn Carpenter of Corning 6-2 and 6-2. In the championship match they beat second seeded Kizzy Citty and Jasie Mason of Harding Academy 6-1 and 6-0. For Woodard this marks her second straight doubles championship in a row.
Meanwhile, sixth seeded Kourtney Chadwell and Ambrea Massey lost to third seeded Cara Johnson and Maggie Couch of Corning 6-0 and 6-0.
With the wins, Seegraves, Crittenden, Staples and Woodard qualify for the State Tournament at Burns Park in North Little Rock, set for Monday and Tuesday, Oct 19 and 20.
Harding Academy took the boys' championship with 13 points, while the Mohawks scored 7 to get District runner-up. Meanwhile, Corning and Cedar Ridge were both shut-out. With the season now complete the Mohawk boys' team record stands at 15-4.
In singles play it was fourth seeded Tyler Peters of Piggott over sixth seeded Payton Smith of Corning 6-2 and 6-1 in the first round. In the semi-finals Peters lost to second seeded, and eventual champion, Brett Krenodle of Harding Academy 6-2 and 6-2. Tyler then rebounded and took the third place match over top-seeded Clint Hovis of Corning, 8-6.
Meanwhile, fifth seeded Caleb Higgins lost to fourth-seeded John David Stewart of Harding Academy 6-1 and 6-2.
In doubles play the top-seeded team of Kyle Allman and Quinton Mauldin received a bye until the semi-finals. In the semis they beat fifth seeded Mason Laferney and Hayden Bailey of Harding Academy 6-4 and 6-1. In the championship they beat the third seeded team of Reid Pace and Ben Moore of Harding Academy 6-3 and 6-2.
With the win Quinton Mauldin became the first Mohawk tennis player to ever win both a single's and doubles' district championship in a career.
Meanwhile, the second seeded doubles team of Nicholas Harris and Beau Jett also received a bye to the semi-finals, but were upset by the third seeded team of Pace and Moore of Harding Academy 7-6 (8-6), 6-2 and 7-5.
But, the Mohawks bounced-back in the third place match against Laferney and Bailey of Harding Academy to take the win 8-1.
With their wins Peters, Allman, Mauldin, Harris and Jett also qualify for the upcoming state tourney in North Little Rock.
Coach Seegraves was also chosen as a member of the 3A State Tennis Seeding Committee, the 19th time he has received the honor.