All-State, All-Conference Mohawks Named

Friday, March 18, 2016
Mohawk players recognized included, from left: Nicholas Harris for All-Conference and All-State Honorable Mention, Quinton Mauldin for All-Conference and Brayden Brewer for All-Conference, All-State, All-State Tournament Team and for being chosen to play in the AHSCA All-Star game in June.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

Five members of the Piggott Mohawk basketball teams were recognized with postseason honors recently, including two All-State selections, one each for the senior boys and girls squads. The recognition comes on the heels of this year's campaign, which saw the Lady Mohawks fall in a mild upset in the first round of the district tourney while the boy's squad advanced to the regional and state tournaments.

An outstanding set of seniors led this year's Piggott Mohawk squad into the postseason, as the Tribe rode a late-season surge. After weathering the difficult 3A-3 schedule, the Mohawks finished third in conference behind Manila and eventual champions Osceola. In the district tournament at Rivercrest they eliminated Hoxie easily, earning them a spot in the 3A-Region 3 Tournament at Yellville-Summit.

A win over the Flippin Bobcats in the first round netted the Mohawks additional games at the regional, and a spot in the 3A state tournament at Jessieville the following week. In first round play they took on eventual state runner ups, Charleston, and dropped a 72-48 decision.

Lady Mohawks earning postseason honors include, from left: Braelyn Rhodes, All-Conference and All-State, and Devyn Staples, All-Conference.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

Based on their play this season, three of the Mohawks were chosen as All-Conference performers in 3A-3 including Brayden Brewer, Nicholas Harris and Quinton Mauldin. Brewer was also chosen as an All-State selection, was named to the All-State Tournament team and has been invited to play in the AHSCA All-Star basketball game in June. Meanwhile, Harris was also recognized for a strong postseason as he was also afforded the honor of an All-State Honorable Mention.

Lady Mohawks

Two members of the Lady Mohawks were singled out for their performances during last year's basketball season, including a rare honor for an underclassman. Sophomore Braelyn Rhodes, who transferred into the district from Kentucky during the offseason, was named both All-Conference and All-State for the Tribe.

Rhodes led the team in scoring most nights for first year coach Chase Halbrook's team, despite earning key defensive pressure. She is the niece of Lady Mohawk Assistant Coach Melissa Turner.

Also recognized as an All-Conference performer for the past season was Lady Mohawk senior guard Devyn Staples. This marks the second year in a row Staples has received the honor.

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