A big week for Pickens High School football started when the JV Dragons defeated Lumpkin County last Thursday 41-34 to finish the season at 6-1 and capture the league championship. Friday night, the varsity Dragons traveled to Catoosa County to take on the Generals of Heritage in what was a crucial game for both teams' playoff hopes. The Dragons came in with a 3-1 region record, while the Generals had a 2-2 region record. It had been 3,275 days since the Dragons last appearance in the state playoffs, that number would fall to 0.
The Pickens High School Dragons football team traveled to LaFayette High School to take on the Ramblers. This game was the first road game for Pickens since September 19th. It was also be the first meeting between the two teams. LaFayette's Homecoming would serve as the backdrop for this game; however, the celebration was short lived as the Dragons' offense roasted the Ramblers to the tune of 69 points, en route Pickens picking up the 69-34 win.
The Picken High School Dragons football team hosted the Raiders of Southeast Whitfield at Dragon Stadium. Coming into this ball game, the Dragons was 4-1 overall and 1-1 in the region while the Raiders was a perfect 5-0 and 2-0 in region play. The Dragons, coming off of a big home win against Northwest Whitfield, looked to continue that momentum and drop the Raiders from the ranks of the unbeaten. The game was the Homecoming at PHS which would only add to the excitement of the night. The Dragons' offense scorched the Raiders to the tune of 62 points as Pickens picked up the 62-40 win over SEW. [Read more »]
Last Friday, the Dragons hosted the Bruins of NW Whitfield at Dragon Stadium in a region showdown. The Dragons looked to even up their region record at 1-1 after losing a close game to Ridgeland the week prior. Before the ball game, the JYSA football players, coaches, and cheerleaders were recognized in front of a packed house as Dragon Nation would envoke a pink out in honor of breast cancer awareness month. The Bruins would win the toss and would differ to the 2nd half giving the Dragons first crack at putting points on the board.
Last Night, the Nettes Fast Pitch Softball team hosted the Lady Spartans of West Hall at Nettes Stadium. For six seniors, it would be the final time they would step onto the home field. West Hall would start what would be a high scoring affair off early in the top of the 1st getting on the board and leading this one 1-0 heading to the 2nd inning. The Nettes would take their turn scoring in the bottom half of the frame sending 4 across to take a 4-1 lead after 2.
The Lady Spartans would counter in the top of the 3rd, sending 4 across themselves regaining the lead at 5-4. This lead wouldn't hold for long as senior starting pitcher Jessica Ray would lead off the bottom of the inning with a homer to left tying things up at 5 a piece. The Nettes weren't done as Angel Dement would step into the batters box and crank one out of the park to give the Nettes the lead back 6-5 as we would head to the 4th. In the 4th, the Nettes would add two more runs stretching their lead out to 8-5 as we would go to the 5th.
The bottom of the 5th saw the Nettes plate 4 more runs as they would make it 12-5 after 5. The Lady Spartans would add a run in the top of the 6th to make it 12-6. The final in this one would end up 12-6, closing the final chapter for these seniors home softball career with a win. After the ball game, Senior Night festivities would begin.
The six seniors, five players and one manager, would meet with their families at 2nd base then walk to the pitchers mound to be recognized for their achievements during their time at PHS and to be showered with hugs, gifts, and flowers from their coaches and teammates and even shed a few tears. These girls have one more region tournament to compete in next week in Dalton Oct. 6-11th.
To Kari Henke, Jessica Ray, Paula Pickett, Brooke Wilson, Kayla Howard, and Haley Kalson we say thank you for all you've done not only as athletes and students, but thank you for being incredible young ladies and role models. Good luck in all of your future adventures.
The Pickens High School Dragonettes softball team hosted the Southeast Whitfield Lady Raiders at Nettes Stadium, in what was the final regular season region game for the Nettes. The Nettes fell, 2-1.
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Last Friday, the Dragons hosted the Panthers of Ridgeland High School in what was the region opener for both teams. Prior to kickoff, Mr and Miss PHS for 2014-15 were crowned as Andrew Haygood and Emma Shipley-Schmitt would reign supreme. Coming into the ball game, the Dragons was reigning over opponents, scoring 43 ppg and giving up only an impressive 16.7 ppg during their 3-game winning streak. Pickens looked to continue that trend as the Dragons welcomed a Panther squad that is primarily run oriented. The Panthers pulled out the victory, 35-28.
Last Saturday, the boys and girls cross country teams traveled to Canton to run in the Warpath Invitational held at Boling Park. The boys cross country team, ranked 7th in the 4A poll, finished 7th out of 28th teams with Wyatt Ingram placing 18th out of 190 runners with a time of 16:46 and Sean Parker finishing with the 3rd place medal with an impressive time of 16:08.
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