Mohawk Tennis Teams Sweep District Titles
“This was a great day for Mohawk tennis,” Coach Paul Seegraves said of Thursday's district title sweep by his Mohawk tennis teams. Competing in the friendly confines of their home-away-from-home, Allen Park in Jonesboro, both the boys and girls teams brought home district championships. This marks the fourth time the program has recorded the sweep, also taking both the boys and girls titles in 2003, 2007, 2012 and 2014. In the history of Mohawk tennis the program has now produced 18 district championships.
As a result of their performances, five members of the two teams will be playing in the upcoming state tournament. And, Coach Seegraves was recognized with postseason honors.
The boys won their district title by scoring 10 points, edging their cross-county rivals from Corning by a single point. Harding Academy was third with seven; Riverside finished with five; Newport had two points and Cedar Ridge was shut-out. The district wins also extended the boys team record to 20-0-3 overall. This marks the first time a Piggott team has reached 20 wins, and remained undefeated prior to the state tournament.
In singles play, eighth-seeded Kaleb Chadwell defeated ninth-seeded Piper Burrow, of Newport, 6-2, 7-6(7-3) to advance. Chadwell then lost to top-seeded Braxton Barnes 0-6, 0-6.
Ins boys doubles play the top-seeded team of Josh Lyman and Carrington McDaniel received a bye in the first round. In the second round they beat eighth-seeded Seth Morgan and Parker McNeal, of Harding Academy, 6-2, 6-4. In the semifinals, they defeated fifth-seeded Cole Woolard and Dylan Woolard, of Corning, 6-0, 6-3. In the championship, the duo would put together their best match by defeating second-seeded Ben Moore and Hayden Bailey, of Harding Academy, 6-2, 6-0.
This gives Lyman and McDaniel a 20-0 doubles record on the season.
Meanwhile, third-seeded Cooper Harris and Michael Palmer also received a first round bye. In the second round, Harris and Palmer defeated sixth-seeded Seth George and Bryden Hewett, of Corning, 6-3. 7-5. In the semifinals, they lost to second-seeded Moore and Bailey, of Harding Academy, 1-6, 4-6. In the third place match, the duo defeated Woolard and Woolard, of Corning, 9-8 (7-5). With the win Harris and Palmer extend their season record to 18-2.
Both doubles’ teams also earned a spot in the Class 3A State Tournament, set for Oct. 16 and 17, at Burns Park in North Little Rock.
At the conclusion of the tournament Mohawk Coach Paul Seegraves was selected as the District Boys Coach of the Year.
The girls team entered the district as the fourth-ranked team, based on the regular season results. But, the girls rallied and came through with 10 points to win the district championship, edging both Riverside and Harding Academy by a single point. Rounding out the standings were Corning, Cedar Ridge and Newport. With the win the Lady Mohawks extended their season record to 16-6-2, and Coach Paul Seegraves was also selected as the District Girls Coach of the Year.
In singles play top-seeded Emilee Seegraves benefited from a first round bye. In the second round she beat eighth-seeded Hailey Langston, of Cedar Ridge, 6-0, 6-0. In the semifinals she defeated fifth-seeded Maddie Lowery, of Harding Academy, 6-2, 6-2. In the championship, Emilee defeated third-seeded Kelsey Watson (Corning) 6-1, 6-2.
This is Seegraves fourth straight District Singles Championship, marking the first time a Mohawk tennis player has won four straight titles. Seegraves also qualifies for the State Tournament.
In other singles play, seventh-seeded Destini Chase defeated 10th-seeded Jacy Poplawski, of Newport, 6-0, 6-0 in the first round. In the second round, Chase lost to second-seeded Rachel Story, of Harding Academy, 1-6, 2-6.
In girls doubles play sixth-seeded Georgina Bautista and Madison Pool defeated 11th-seeded Bessie Hatfield and Olivia Hatfield, of Newport, 6-0, 6-1. In the second round, Bautista and Pool lost to third-seeded Carson Smith and Bailey Fisher, of Riverside, 0-6, 1-6. In other play, ninth-seeded Brooke Roberts and Macey Williams defeated eighth-seeded Kailee Gooch and Kinley Wood, of Cedar Ridge, 6-2, 6-1. In the second round, Roberts and Williams lost to the defending State and District Champions, the top-seeded team of Abby Brickell and Hattie Milligan, of Riverside, 0-6. 1-6.