Mohawk Tennis Teams in Early-Season Play

Thursday, August 30, 2018

The Piggott Mohawk tennis teams began their 2018 campaigns last week, as they faced several regional teams in play at Jonesboro.

The Tribe took on both Nettleton and Brookland in a tri-match on Tuesday, Aug. 21, and fell to both the larger schools.

In girl's action against Nettleton, a 5A state qualifier last year, the Mohawks fell 2-3 in singles play. Emma Shaw posted a win over Sammi Virts and Callie Henson beat Ashley Utley, while Henson dropped a match with Erika Hendrix, Maggie Williams fell to Macey Jones and Ryleigh Laden was defeated by Breanna Moore.

The boys also dropped their match with the Raiders, falling 2-5 in singles and doubles. In singles play Brandon Palmer beat Austin Gregory and Tyson Peters edged Tripp Virts for the lone wins. Meanwhile, Michael Palmer fell to Mark Belk, who finished eighth in 5A in the state last year; Cooper Harris lost to ColtonNelson and Hayden Blue was beaten by Daniel Gordon. In doubles play, Harris and Michael Palmer fell to Belk and Nelson while Blue and Brandon Palmer lost to Gregory and Golden.

In girls action with Brookland, the Lady Bearcats swept the day with four singles wins. Maggie Williams fell to Mallory Loverien, who was the 4A state runner up last year, while Henson dropped her match with Jessica Carter, Shaw was downed by Abby Mooneyham and Laden fell to Jadyn Langston.

The boys squeezed one win out of the Bearcats, as they fell 1-7. The lone win came in singles play, as Harris downed Riley Newton. Otherwise, Michael Palmer fell to Cody Wood; Brandon Palmer was downed by Drew Thompson; Blue dropped his match to Colby Stallings, a state qualifier last year; Tyson Peters fell to Keegan Strode; Chandler Smart was downed by Ryan McLaughey and then dropped a set with Stallings.

In doubles play, the duo of Smart and Peters fell to Straube and McGaughey.

On Thursday, Aug. 23, the Mohawks were back in Jonesboro for matches with CRA, Riverside and Harrisburg.

In action against CRA, the Lady Mohawks rolled 2-0, with both Maggie Williams and Hayley Springsteen both beating Veronica Allman. In boys action, the Tribe rolled 7-2 over the Falcons. Michael Palmer beat Josh Stewart; Harris downed Jude Stewart and Brandon Palmer beat Blade Davis while Peters fell to Joe Harris. The Mohawks were 4-1 in doubles play with wins by Harris and Michael Palmer, Palmer and Clayton Kemp and Peters and Blue. Meanwhile, Blue and Smart dropped their match.

The boys and girls teams split with Riverside, with the girls falling 1-8 while the boys beat the Rebels 4-3. In girls singles play Maggie Williams fell to Abby Bridwell, former state qualifier, while Macey Williams fell to Lotti Huffman, Springsteen was beaten by Mallory Felton, Henson fell to Alexis Boatman, Shaw was beat by Anna Meuer and Laden dropped a set with Ashlyn Wright.

Macey Williams and Shaw fell in doubles play to last year's fourth place finishers in state, Carson Smith and Bailey Fitcher; Springsteen and Henson fell to Carley Qualls and Bailey Douglass and Shaw and Laden dropped their match with Caroline Hoffman and Alexis Guiford.

The boys took their match with the Rebels, who finished sixth in the state last year. Posting singles wins were Michael Palmer, over Gage Crews, while Harris beat Chase Helms. Meanwhile, Brandon Palmer fell to Steve Stroud and Peters dropped his match with Demo Bowers.

In doubles play Michael Palmer and Harris beat Crew and Helms; Brandon Palmer and Kemp beat Grant Smith and Ethan Boatman while Blue and Smart fell to Ryan Austin and Stroud.

Harrisburg forfeited their girls match, while Michael Palmer beat Caleb Neal in boys single action to take the decision 1-0.

Based on their performances, the girls team now stands at 2-3 on the season while the boys are 3-2 overall. Both teams were scheduled to be in action Monday afternoon, although scores and stats were not available as of press time. Both squads are slated to visit Paragould Thursday, in non-conference play.

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