Mohawk Tennis Competes at State

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Lady Mohawk senior standout Emilee Seegraves in action at the state 3A tennis tourney
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The Piggott Lady Mohawks were represented by senior standout Emilee Seegraves at the Class 3A State Tournament at Burns Park in North Little Rock on Oct. 16 and 17. In the first round fourth seeded Seegraves defeated Precious Dorman (Smackover) 6-1 and 6-1. In the second round Emilee defeated Macey Decker (Mountain View) 6-2, 6-1. In the semifinals, Seegraves lost a hard-fought two hour match to top-seeded Hannah Jackson (Episcopal Collegiate School) 3-6, 6-2, 5-7.

By reaching the semi's, Emilee was named All-State for the fourth straight year earning a spot in the state’s record books for the feat.

The Lady Mohawks finished ranked fourth in the State, with Little Rock private school Episcopal Collegiate winning their 10th consecutive state team title. Haas Hall Academy (Fayetteville charter school) was State Runner-up, and conference foe Riverside place third.

Senior Carrington McDaniel at the state tourney
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Emilee was also selected to fill an out-large bid in the Overall State Tennis Tournament, playing Monday, Oct. 23, at Burns Park in North Little Rock. She played Class 7A State Runner-up Kate Files of Fort Smith Northside, but fell 6-4 and 6-2. Later in the day Files fell to Taylor Shaw, of Little Rock Christian, who was slated to play for the state title Tuesday against Thea Rice of Lakeside, Hot Springs.

Boys Team

The Piggott Mohawks were represented by the doubles’ teams of Josh Lyman/Carrington McDaniel and Cooper Harris/Michael Palmer. In first round action, second-seeded Lyman/McDaniel defeated Trent Basel/Matthew Webb (Valley Springs) 6-3, 6-4. In the second round, Lyman/McDaniel were upset by eventual state runner-up doubles’ team of Henry Schock/Jacob Miller (Episcopal Collegiate School) 6-3, 5-7, 4-6.

In their first round match, Cooper Harris/Michael Palmer upset fourth-seeded Josh Moore/Dillon Reece (Gurdon) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3. In the second round, the duo would lose to Jake Webb/Gabe McGill (Haas Hall Academy-Fayetteville) 0-6, 1-6. Episcopal Collegiate School won their ninth boys State Championship in the past 10 years. In fact, Piggott was the only blemish on their record as they took the title in 2012. Haas Hall Academy and Valley Springs share the State Runner-up trophy. Piggott finished the tourney in fourth place.

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