Mohawks Tennis Teams Wrap-up Regular Season

Thursday, October 5, 2017
Senior members of the PHS Mohawk tennis team were recognized during Monday afternoon's final home match of the season. The class of 2018 includes, from left: Emilee Seegraves, Madison Pool, Carrington McDaniel, Kaleb Chadwell, Josh Lyman, Georgina Bautista, Erin Dixon and Ashley Grissom. Seegraves and the doubles team of McDaniel and Lyman are all top-seeds in Thursday's district tourney.
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The Mohawk tennis teams wrapped up regular season play Monday afternoon, splitting with the Corning Bobcats at the municipal courts. On the day the Lady Mohawks fell 3-4 while the boys team remained undefeated on the season with a 3-1 decision. The team also conducted a cancer fundraiser during the event, with the cooperation of their visitors, and recognized the senior members of the squad. The matches with the Bobcats capped a flurry of late season activity, as the Tribe preps for postseason play.

The Tribe took on Newport, Harding Academy and Corning in conference action at Allen Park in Jonesboro on Sept. 25.

In action against the Greyhounds, the Lady Mohawks swept the day 3-0. In singles play it was Emilee Seegraves over Jacy Poplawski 6-0, and in doubles action Georgina Bautista and Madison Pool downed Katie Lucas and Kaitlyn Mueller 6-1 while Brooke Roberts and Macey Williams beat Bessie Hatfield and Olivia Hatfield 6-1.

The boys took their set with the Greyhounds 2-1, with the doubles team of Josh Lyman and Carrington McDaniel beating Dawson Vanwinkle and Darren Mann 6-0 while Michael Palmer beat Piper Burrough in singles play 6-0 and Kaleb Chadwell dropped his set with Lucky Loftin 0-6.

The Mohawks also swept Harding Academy on the day, taking the girls set 2-1 while the boys won 3-2.

In boys doubles action Lyman and McDaniel beat Seth Morgan and Parker McNeal 6-1 while Harris and Michael Palmer downed Hunter Corker and Hayden Corker 6-0. In singles play for the boys it was Palmer over Kim Zhou 6-3 while Chadwell and Harris dropped their sets to John Luke McGalliard and Henry McGalliard.

In action against Corning at Allen Park, the Lady Mohawks fell 3-4 while the boys gained a 2-2 split to remain unbeaten.

In girls singles play Seegraves beat Maggie Cowen 6-4, Destini Chase downed mallory Landreth 6-1, Maggie Williams beat Annabell Hawkins 6-0 and Ashley Grissom fell to Makayla Trace 4-6. In doubles action the Tribe was swept, with losses by Bautista and Pool; Brooke Roberts and Williams and Shi Higdon and Alexis Russell.

The boys doubles teams rolled, with Lyman and McDaniel beating Cole Woodard and Dylan Woodard 6-2 and Harris and Palmer downing Seth George and Braden Hewett 7-5.

On Tuesday, Sept. 26, both teams traveled to Pocahontas for a tri-match with the Redskins and the Highland Rebels. On the day both teams swept Pocahontas, while the two squads split with Highland.

In action against last year's class 4A state champs, the Lady Mohawks won 7-0. In doubles play Seegraves beat Skylar Frazier 6-1, Chase downed Brooke Spurlock 6-1, Grissom beat Destiny Arnot 6-4 and Shi Higdon also beat Arnot 3-0.

In girls doubles action Bautista and Pool beat Sierra Eddings and Kirstin Pratt 6-4; Roberts and Williams downed Cameron Arthur and Autumn Furror 6-0 while Erin Dixon and Russell beat Arthur and Furror 3-2 as well.

In boys action the lone loss was in singles play as Chadwell fell to Chase McDonough 0-6. The other singles set went to Palmer, in a tie-breaker, as he beat Brooks Carter 7-6(7-4). In doubles play Lyman and McDaniel beat Kyle Kogzmanski and Alec Smith 6-3 while Harris and Palmer beat Drew Capps and Cory Jackson 6-2.

The boys also took their set with Highland, the sixth ranked team in 4A in the state last year. Sweeping doubles play, McDaniel and Lyman beat Chaz Evans and Carter Brewer 6-4 while Harris and Palmer downed Ben Crabtree and Drew Grove 6-1. In singles play, Harris beat Zac Jamora 6-1 while Chadwell fell to Jake Powell, who finished seventh in the state last year, 0-6.

The Lady Mohawks fell 1-3 to the Lady Redskins, with the lone victory coming from Seegraves in singles play. She beat Regan Burris, who finished seventh in class 4A last year, 6-1. Meanwhile, Chase fell to Katelyn Miller, also a state qualifier last year, 1-6. Highland swept doubles play with Bautista and Poole falling to Cassidy Clayton and Kali Koelling, who finished fifth last year in class 4A doubles, 1-6 while Roberts and Williams dropped their set with Joy Covington and Molly McBryde 0-6.

Corning Games

Monday afternoon the Tribe hosted cross county rivals Corning as both teams took part in a “Serving Against Cancer” fundraiser. In observance, both teams wore pink and played with pink tennis balls. Signed posters were also placed around the courts in honor of individuals battling cancer.

This year's group of seniors were also recognized by long-time Mohawk Coach Paul Seegraves, and gathered for a group photo. The class of 2018 includes Emilee Seegraves, Carrington McDaniel, Josh Lyman, Madison Pool, Erin Dixon, Georgina Bautista, Kaleb Chadwell and Ashley Grissom.

The Lady Mohawks dropped their set with the Lady Bobcats 3-4, despite sweeping singles play. In singles action Seegraves moved to 19-0 with a 6-2 win over Kelsey Watson; Chase beat Mallory Landreth 6-0 and Williams downed Annabelle Hawkins 6-0.

In doubles play Bautista and Pool fell to Cara Johnson and Maggie Couch 2-6; Roberts and Williams dropped their set to Katie Clifton and Rachel Jordan in a tie-breaker, 6-7(2-7); Grissom and Dixon fell to Johnson and Couch 1-6 and Higdon and Russell dropped their set with Clifton and Jordan 0-6.

In boys action the Tribe rolled 3-1, with the only Corning win coming as Chadwell dropped his singles match with Clint Hovis 0-6. Meanwhile, Palmer beat Lucas Barajas 6-1.

The doubles team of McDaniel and Lyman remained undefeated on the year at 17-0 as they beat Cole Woodard and Dylan Woodard 6-4 while Harris and Palmer moved to 16-1 as a doubles team with a 6-2 win over Seth George and Bryden Hewett.

With the loss the Lady Mohawks end the regular season with a record of 11-6-2, meanwhile the boys team remained undefeated on the season with a record of 15-0-3.

Both teams will be in action Thursday at Allen Park, in Jonesboro, for the district tennis tournament. Earning top seeds in the bracket were Seegraves, in girls singles, and the doubles team of Lyman and McDaniel. Meanwhile, the doubles team of Harris and Palmer will enter competition as the three seeds.

The squads will be competing for a berth in the state 3A tennis tournament, set for Oct. 16 and 17, at Burns Park in North Little Rock. The overall state tennis tournament, encompassing all classes, will be held Oct. 25 and 26, and is also being played at Burns Park in NLR.

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