Two Lady Mohawks Sign Letters of Intent
Two outstanding Lady Mohawk student-athletes signed letters of intent to take their respective games to the next level last week. Two-sport star Hannah Powell will be attending CRC at Paragould to play both volleyball and softball, while Emilee Seegraves will be off to Mississippi to continue her stellar tennis career at Blue Mountain State.
Seegraves to be a Topper
The first signing was Wednesday in the PHS Library as Seegraves made her commitment with family, friends and teammates in attendance. She'll be attending Blue Mountain College, in Blue Mountain, Miss., where she'll be a member of the “Toppers.”
Seegraves, the daughter of long-time PHS tennis coach Paul Seegraves and PES teacher Heather Seegraves has been a key part of the tennis program all four years of her high school career. Along the way she has garnered a number of postseason honors, and has helped lead the team to three district championships, one district runner-up, one state runner-up finish, along with a third place finish in state and two third place finishes.
“I feel very blessed and honored to be able to continue my tennis career at BMC alongside many wonderful people,” she said of the chance.
During her senior campaign, Seegraves compiled a record of 24-2 in singles play and 2-0 in doubles. She was the district champ in singles, was named All-District and was a 3A state semi-finalist. This earned her All-State recognition, and she qualified for the overall state tournament as well. Seegraves was also named the Maxpreps Player of the Year.
During last fall's season, the Lady Mohawks finished at 16-6-2 as team district champs and fourth in state.
Throughout her career she has been successful, compiling a record of 85-13 in singles and 22-2 in doubles, for a combined record of 107-15. She earned four district singles championships, four All-District selections, four All-State selections and four trips to the state semi-finals. She was named Maxpreps player of the year and broke 13 school records in the process.
She was also a standout in the summer leagues, taking five championships, and in USTA tennis events where she compiled a record of 35-13.
Blue Mountain College is an NAIA Division 2 school, and competes in the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) which includes 11 members. This is the second year for the program, which is coached by Ole' Miss grad Warner Creekmore.
The college is ranked seventh as one of the best regional schools in the south, and first for best value according to U.S. News and World Reports.
“I believe Emilee will be a good fit at BMC,” Coach Seegraves observed. “She has the ability to develop tremendously under Coach Creekmore.”
Still in the process of building the program, Coach Creekmore noted Seegraves will play a big role in the future.
“I had been over here before in January when I was signing some Arkansas boys, and I came by and met her and her dad,” Creekmore said of her prospect. “And, we've been in contact ever since.”
Coach Creekmore reported she had a chance to see Emilee play in the state championships in the fall, and was excited when she made the decision to attend Blue Mountain.
“We're a small Christian college and this is only the second year of our program,” she explained. “I'm excited that she's coming to play for us, and the other girls on the team are excited too.”
Also playing for the Toppers is former Riverside Rebel standout Dylan Austin, who was a part of the first year of the program for the boys team.
Joining Emilee for the signing ceremony were her parents, Coach Creekmore, PHS athletic director Michael Harrell and her brother, Shawn-Hudson.
Powell Joining Lady Pioneers
Lady Mohawk multi-sport standout Hannah Powell signed her letter of intent on Thursday, March 1, to attend Crowley's Ridge College and be a part of the Pioneer volleyball and softball team. Powell, surrounded by family, friends and teammates, also inked the agreement during a ceremony held at PHS.
Powell has been a key player for both the Lady Mohawk volleyball and softball squads during her high school career, excelling at both. She takes with her an outstanding resume. Powell is also an outstanding student-athlete, and has been active in a variety of organizations and competitions at the regional, state and national level.
The past two seasons on the volleyball court she has posted impressive statistics, including 494 receptions as a junior and 484 her senior year. As a junior she had 243 digs, 29 aces and 25 kills while as a senior she recorded 331 digs, 44 aces and five kills.
“Hannah Powell is one of the hardest working players I've ever coached. She was a very big vocal leader for our team this year and backed it up with her performances in games,” offered Lady Mohawk volleyball coach Codie Lancaster. “She was extremely dependable for us on backrow and definitely left big shoes to fill for whoever takes her place next year as libero. CRC is very lucky to have such a wonderful athlete, student and person join their programs. I'm excited to see what her college athletic career has in store for her.”
Powell also had a strong career on the softball diamond, although she still has the spring season to build on that success.
She batted .529 as a freshman, in just 17 at bats, with nine hits. She hit .306 her sophomore season with 93 plate appearances,scoring 22 runs in the process. She hit .356 last spring as a junior in 59 plate appearances, scoring 12 runs for the Tribe.
“I'm blessed to get the opportunity to play the two sports I love the most, and to get to continue to play them for God,” Powell noted with a great deal of emotion in making the announcement.
"We feel that Hannah will benefit us greatly in the pitching circle. With her movement and accuracy, she will be a tough one to be up against,” CRC Head Softball Coach Jordan Malone said. “We are excited to get Hannah, not only because of her ability, but also because of her spirit. She has a great attitude on and off the field.”
"I first noticed Hannah during club volleyball, and made a note about the good passer. It wasn't until later when I was recruiting another team that I saw Hannah again, and remembered that she was the passer I was impressed with before,” noted CRC Head Volleyball Coach Barry Wheeler. “Hannah has great communication on the floor and is super fast. She's all about the team's success, and has a great personality. We really believe we stole a great kid with this one."
Joining Hannah for the occasion were her parents, Tom and Charlie Powell; her sister, Macey; Lady Mohawk Softball Coach Melissa Hopkins and Lady Mohawk Volleyball Coach Codie Lancaster.