Mohawk Tennis Squads in Non-Conference Play
The Mohawk tennis teams got their season underway last week, as Coach Paul Seegraves fields his least experienced team in 25 years of leading the squads. The Tribe was swept by the Beebe Badgers at Jonesboro, and split with Nettleton. Later in the week they beat CRA, and posted a win over Earle as the Bulldogs forfeited.
Both the girls and boys teams will look to new faces this fall, as the team will also be dealing with conference re-alignment. New to the conference is former 2A powerhouse Riverside, as Coach Terry Conner has won seven state titles between the girls and boys programs at the school. By the way, Conner spent time at Piggott Schools in the mid 1980s. Also added to the conference was Harding Academy, another perennial favorite in 3A state tennis.
Seniors on this year's team include four year players Kourtney Chadwell and Caleb Higgins, the latter an All-District selection as a sophomore and a state qualifier as a junior. The only other senior with playing experience is Noah Fuller, who is a third year player, while the others--McCaleh Foulk, Ashton Edwards and Andy Risner are first year players.
A pair of talented juniors lead the class of 2018, as third year players Emilee Seegraves and Carrington McDaniel will be looked-to throughout the season. Seegraves has won the district singles title the past two years, and was an All-District and All-State selection as both a freshman and sophomore. McDaniel was an All-District honorable mention as a freshman.
Other juniors include third year player Kaleb Chadwell, second year players Josh Lyman and Britany Hobbs and first year player Erin Dixon. The freshman class is made-up of two first year players, Cooper Harris and Michael Palmer.
"Riverside is the favorite in the boy's district this year after moving up from 2A," Coach Paul Seegraves noted. "They've won three state championships in a row, and most of the kids are back this year. Harding Academy will also be strong, they have their top six back from a team that finished fourth in the state last year in 3A."
He noted the Riverside girls team is also favored, as they returned their top six from a team that finished third in the state last year in 2A. "Corning also has most of their team back, and they finished seventh in the state," he added.
The Lady Mohawks fell to the Lady Badgers 5-0, while the Piggott boys dropped their match 5-1 to the squad from Beebe. In girls play Seegraves fell to Allie Lane, a state qualifier last year, Hobbs fell to Haily Owens, Dixon dropped a set to Morgan Weithman and another to Katie Pacheco. In doubles play, Hobbs and Chadwell fell to Pacheco and Owens, also state qualifiers, 4-6.
The boy's got a singles win from Lyman, as he beat Noah Goff 6-2, then dropped the remaining five sets. McDaniel fell to state qualifier Brayden Fort, Harris was beaten by state qualifier Garret Glynn, Palmer was dropped by Jackson Copeland, Risner fell to Christopher Tarkington and Fuller fell to JT Richards.
The Lady Mohawks took their match with the Lady Raiders 3-1, with Seegraves beating Erika Hendrix in singles play while Hobbs fell to Marie Junes. In doubles play the Lady Mohawks prevailed, with Chadwell and Dixon beating Varis and Cronwell and Hobbs and Chadwell downing Arnold and Jones.
Meanwhile, the boys team fell 2-8, with the only wins coming in doubles play as Lyman and McDaniel posted wins over Belk and Moore and Freeman and Gregory. Meanwhile, McDaniel, Lyman, Harris, Palmer, Risner and Edwards all fell in their singles matches and Harris and Risner and Fuller and Edwards dropped their doubles matches.
The teams returned to Jonesboro on Thursday, Aug. 25, for a tri-set with CRA and Earle, although the Bulldogs forfeited their match.
In action against the Falcons, the Lady Mohawks posted a 2-1 win with a singles victory by Seegraves and a doubles win by Chadwell and Hobbs. Meanwhile, Dixon dropped her singles match to set the final score.
The boys team also notched two wins on the day, with the Earle forfeit and a 9-5 win over CRA. Singles wins went to Higgins, McDaniel and Lyman while the doubles teams of Lyman and McDaniel, Harris and Risner, Higgins and Fuller, Chadwell and Edwards and Harris and Risner all posted wins.
The Lady Mohawks now stand at 3-1 on the season, while the boys squad is at 2-2 overall. Both teams were slated to be in action Monday afternoon at Pocahontas, although final results were not available as of press time. They're scheduled to take on Paragould at home on Thursday, Sept. 1, and will visit the Rams on Tuesday, Sept. 6. the girls are also scheduled to play in the Kennett Invitational, hosted by Kennett High School, on Saturday, Sept. 10.