Mohawk Tennis Competes in District Tourney

Thursday, October 4, 2018
District doubles champs Cooper Harris and Michael Palmer
courtesy photo

Once again this year, the PHS Mohawk tennis teams hosted the annual 3A-2 district tournament, held at Allen Park in Jonesboro on Thursday, Sept. 27. According to Piggott coach Paul Seegraves, after a four hour rain delay the matches goes underway.

Boys Team

At the conclusion of competition, the Mohawk boys team finished as the district runnerup. Newport took the team title with 12 points, the Mohawks finished second with seven while Corning was third with five and Cave City followed with three points. Finishing out of the points were Cedar Ridge and Harrisburg. The team finish extended the PHS squad season to 10-11.

In singles play, seventh-seeded Hayden Blue, a sophomore, defeated 10th seeded Timothy Curtis of Corning 6-4, 2-6 and 6-2. In the second round, Blue was defeated by second seeded Tristin Higginbottom, of Cave City, 4-6, 6-2 and 2-6. Meanwhile, ninth seeded Tyson Peters, a freshman, lost to eighth seeded Ethan Walling, of Cave City, 2-6, 0-6.

In doubles play, top seeded Cooper Harris and Michael Palmer—both juniors, received a bye until the semifinals. The Piggott duo then defeated Dawson Vanwinkle and Daryn Mann, Newport, 6-1 and 6-0. In the championship, Harris and Palmer defeated third seeded Dylan Woolard and Lucas Barajas, of Corning, 3-6, 6-3 and 6-2 to earn the title. Meanwhile, sixth seeded Brandon Palmer and Clayton Kemp, a freshman and sophomore respectively, lost to Woolard and Barajas, of Corning, 2-6, 0-6 in the first round.

Based on their performances, Cooper Harris and Michael Palmer will compete in the Class 3A State Tennis Tournament, set for Oct. 8 and 9, in Conway. Harris and Palmer were also named All-District.

Lady Mohawks

The PHS girls team finished in third place, with Cave City taking the title with 12 points. Corning was the district runnerup with six points, Piggott had three points while Cedar Ridge, Harrisburg and Newport failed to score a point. The girl's record now stands at 10-9-3.

In singles play, second seeded Maggie Williams, a junior, received bye to the semifinals. In the semis, she was defeated by third seeded Katie Walling, of Cave City, 2-6 and 2-6. Meanwhile, fifth seeded Destini Chase, a sophomore, defeated fourth seeded Cheyenne Cates, of Cave City, 6-0 and 7-6 (7-6) in the first round. In the semifinals she fell to top seeded Kelsey Watson, of Corning, 3-6 and 3-6. In the third place match, Chase defeated teammate Williams 8-6.

In doubles play, fourth seeded Shianne Higdon and Callie Henson, a junior and freshman, defeated fifth seeded Lindsey Hutchinson and Gracie Huff, of Cedar Ridge, 6-2 and 6-2. In the semifinals, Higdon and Henson lost to top seeded Maddie Verser and Sierra Williams, of Cave City, 3-6 and 2-6. Meanwhile, sixth seeded Brooke Roberts and Macey Williams, both sophomores, defeated third Haley Arnold and Mallory Landreth, of Corning, 6-1 and 6-0. Roberts and Williams later lost to second seeded Maddie Koch and Maddy Bacon, of Cave City, 6-7 (4-7) and 1-6. In the third place match, Roberts and Williams defeated teammates Higdon and Henson 8-4.

Destini Chase, and the doubles team of Brooke Roberts and Macey Williams, also qualified for the state tournament based on their play. Seegraves also reported all six Piggott girls were named to the All-District tennis team.

“The future looks bright, with 16 out of 17 tennis team members returning next year for both teams,” Coach Seegraves said.

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