PHS Tennis Teams Post Record-Setting Campaigns
The 2017 Piggott Mohawk tennis teams compiled an impressive lists of wins, awards and broken records for long-time coach Paul Seegraves. Keeping with the recent school tradition, members of both the girls and boys team qualified for the 3A state tourney, and senior Emilee Seegraves competed in the overall tourney as well.
Emilee Seegraves helped lead the girls squad to a regular season record of 16-6-2 this fall, earning them another district championship and a fourth place finish at state. This year's team included a good mix of senior leadership, and talented underclassmen, and the hard work and preparation paid off.
This year's group of freshmen, and their season records, included Destini Chase (13-8), Brooke Roberts (10-10) and Macey Williams. Sophomores were Shianne Higdon (6-9) and Maggie Williams (8-6). Meanwhile, the lone junior was Alexis Russell (2-11). Senior players included Georgina Bautista (7-12), Erin Dixon (4-5), Ashley Grissom (7-7), Madison Pool (7-11) and Emilee Seegraves (26-2).
During her senior campaign Seegraves was the district singles champion, earning the title for both a district and school record four times. She was also named All-District for the fourth time, was third in state singles, named All-State for the fourth time, which is a state and school record, was chosen to play in the overall state tournament and was the Maxxpreps girls tennis player of the year three years in a row.
As a senior she broke the school record for most singles win in a season with 24. She also set the career record for most matches played with 122; most matches won with 107; most games won with 765; most singles wins with 85; best winning percentage in doubles play at 91.3 percent and for the most games won in the state tournament with 134.
The Mohawk boys tennis team went undefeated on the regular season, finishing with a record of 20-0-3. They were also the district champions once again, and finished fourth in the state 3A tennis tournament.
Two talented sophomores helped the effort, as Cooper Harris and Michael Palmer took third place in the district in doubles play, and were named All District and qualified for state.
Harris ended the season with a record of 22-4, while Palmer had a record of 26-3 on the year.
Leading the way were seniors Josh Lyman (22-1) and Carrington McDaniel (23-2) along with Kaleb Chadwell (7-14).
Lyman and McDaniel were the district doubles champions, and both were named All-District for the second year in a row. Both qualified for the state tennis tourney, and were chosen as All-State Honorable Mentions.
McDaniel was also chosen as the Maxxpreps boys tennis player of the year.
The boys team also broke a number of school records this season. McDaniel broke the season record for the most doubles wins with 22; Lyman broke the record for the best winning percentage in all matches in a season at 95.7 percent; and Palmer broke the record for the best winning percentage in singles' matches in a season at 100 percent.
McDaniel also set a new career mark for most doubles wins with 57 and the best winning percentage for doubles play at 85.1 percent.
“I couldn't do this alone, and I want to offer thanks for the support to God, my wife Heather, Tom and Barbara Sneed, Stacey Peters, Fallon Roberts, managers Brandon Palmer, Tyson Peters and Shawn-Hudson Seegraves, Tim Blair and the CCTD, the tennis parents and for all the school and community support,” Coach Seegraves surmised.