Tribe Tennis Competes in State Overall
The Piggott Mohawk tennis team wrapped-up what has been a very successful year last week, with members of both the boys and girls teams qualifying for the overall tournament in doubles play.
The overall state tennis tournament was played at Burn's Park, in North Little Rock, and included all state champions and runner-ups in all classes. Based on their runner-up finishes in the 3A state tourney, also held in Burn's Park, the doubles team of Kyle Allman and Quinton Mauldin competed in the boy's bracket while the team of Meghan Woodard and Devyn Staples was included in the girl's bracket.
In the first round of the play Allman and Mauldin fell to the 4A state champions, Smith Ney and Skyler Hudson of Shiloh Christian 6-1 and 6-2. Their performance earned them an overall ranking of ninth in the state, as 5A Pulaski Academy took the title followed by runner-up Jonesboro.
Meanwhile, Woodard and Staples fell to class 4A state champions Hannah Lovrein and Ally Loflin of Brookland 6-1 and 6-2. Their performance earned them a 10th place finish overall, as 5A Hot Springs Lakeside took the team title followed by Pulaski Academy.
The Mohawk boy's team had two players selected as All-State, and five on the All-District team. Named as both All-District and All-State were Allman and Mauldin, who was named All-State for the second time in a row. Meanwhile, All-District selections included Nicholas Harris, Beau Jett and Tyler Peters. The duo of Harris and Jett also competed in the recent 3A state tournament, losing to the eventual third place winners from Jessieville.
As for the girls team, Staples and Woodard were named both All-State and All-District, along with Emilee Seegraves. She was named for the second time, and served as an alternate in singles in the overall after falling in the semi-finals of the 3A state. Also named as an All-District selection for the girls team was Madison Crittenden.
A total of seven school records were also broken or tied this season, including one by the boy's team. Mauldin once again put his name in the record books, as he broke the record for the most state games won in a career with 120. The record previously belonged to the doubles team of Trevor Grubb and Will Jett and was compiled over the course of the 2010 to 2013 seasons.
Meanwhile, the girls team broke six records. Staples broke her own season record by winning 30 matches, and the record for most games won in a season with 219--a record set last year by Seegraves. Staples also set the new mark for best winning percentage in total matches in a career at just over 88 percent. The record was previously held by Kristi Sutfin in the 1999 and 2000 seasons.
Woodard also matched her own season record this year with most doubles wins with 17, a record she shared with Sadie Sawyers from last year. She also tied the season record for best winning singles percentage with 100 percent. She now shares the record with Sutfin from 1999 and Chelsea Covarrubia and Emily Graddy, both from 2009. Woodard also broke the career record for most doubles wins with 43. The record had previously been held by Graddy from 2008 to 2011. Seegraves also broke the career record for best winning doubles' percentage with an 85.7 percent win rate. The record was previously held by Heather Smith from 1994 to 1997.
In reviewing the season for the girls' team, Staples finished at 30-4, Woodard at 25-7, Seegraves at 23-4 and Crittenden at 13-11. Also contributing were Alex McDaniel with 5 wins, Kourtney Chadwell with 4, Britany Hobbs with 4 and Ambrea Massey with 3 wins.
For the boy's' team, Mauldin finishes with a record of 16-4, Allman was 16-5, Harris was 16-7, Jett was 14-7 and Peters was 13-8. Meanwhile, Carrington McDaniel was 11-5, Josh Lyman was 10-4, Caleb Higgins was 6-5, Noah Fuller had 5 wins, Alex Baber had 3 wins, Kaleb Chadwell had 3 wins, Isaac Morris had 2 wins and Caleb Welborn split his time with football and appeared in five matches.
"I would like to thank the family, players, parents, school, Tim Blair with the Clay County Times-Democrat, the city, and other tennis supporters for everything that made this a great experience for the program," longtime Mohawk tennis coach Paul Seegraves noted. "On a personal note, I am very humbled by all of the positive comments I have received in person and on social media. It was appreciated."