Dragons double last season’s win total, now 8-0

PHS Basketball, Team FYN Sports

The Dragons of Pickens High looked to keep their winning streak alive as they hosted the Gordon Lee Trojans for a non-region game Tuesday, Dec. 10.

DragonIn the first quarter, the Dragons got off a quick start for the home crowd showing great defensive prowess and execution on offense. Going into the second quarter, Pickens held a 21-12 lead against the Trojans.

The second quarter saw back-and-forth action from both the Dragons and the Trojans. The two teams combined to score 37 points in the second. Pickens outscored Gordon Lee 21-16 to take a 42-28 lead into halftime.

The third quarter again saw a closely contested game. Both teams again scored 37 points combined as the Dragons scored 19, and the Trojans scored 18. Going to the fourth quarter, Pickens continued to lead 61-46.

Pickens held on and secured their eighth win in a row, 66-51. The win doubles their win total from last season.

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Tucker Lowe: 25 points

Owen Moss: 18 points

Noah Sutton: eight points

Luke Rogers: six points.

The Dragons will head on the road this Friday night as they take on the Ramblers of Lafayette in a huge region match up. Tip off is set for 8:30 pm.


Dragons stay hot with non-region win

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The Pickens High Dragons varsity basketball team hosted the Tigers of Morris Innovative on Monday, Dec. 9. The Dragons came into the game with a 6-0 record.

In the opening quarter, the Dragons got off to a remarkable start, scoring the first 20 points of the game. Pickens got points from Tucker Lowe, Luke Rogers, Noah Sutton, Owen Moss, and Aidan Sanchez. To the Tigers credit, they went on an 11-4 run to close the opening frame. Going into the second, the Dragons led Morris Innovative 24-11.

In the second quarter, the Dragons took the game over offensively and defensively. The Dragons were led by Hayes Pickett and Clay Shoffer, who had 10 and eight points in the frame, respectively. Pickens outscored the Tigers 28-3 in the quarter to take a 52-14 lead into the break.

To begin the third quarter, the Dragons got 11 straight points from Noah Sutton (four) and Tucker Lowe (seven) to begin the frame. Pickens outscored Morris Innovative 20-6 in the third quarter to take a 72-20 lead going to the fourth.

The Dragons were able to get players in the game that hadn’t gotten extended playing time earlier in the season, and they played well with the opportunity given. Both teams scored 12 points in the fourth quarter of the game. Pickens won by a final score of 84-32.

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Hayes Pickett: 15 points

Clay Shoffer: 10 points

Tucker Lowe: nine points

Aidan Sanchez: nine points

Noah Sutton: eight points

Luke Rogers: seven points.

Pickens will be back on the home court tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 10, as the Dragons host the Gordon Lee Trojans beginning at 6:30 p.m.


Owen Moss is the TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week for the Dragons!

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Owen Moss

Owen Moss is the TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week for the Dragons!

Moss, a 6-foot-1 junior point guard, scored in double digits in two region wins this week for Pickens (6-0, 2-0 Region 6-4A).

Against Heritage on Tuesday, Dec. 3, Moss scored 14 points as the Dragons won 52-45 in Jasper.

Moss followed that by scoring 16 points in a 70-67 victory against Ridgeland on Friday, Dec. 6, in Rossville.

For his efforts, Moss is the TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week for the Dragons!


Tucker Lowe is the TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week for the Dragons

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Tucker Lowe

Tucker Lowe has been named the TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week for the Dragons!

Lowe led the team to a 3-0 record in the north Georgia Thanksgiving tournament held at Fannin Co. High in Blue Ridge.

Lowe averaged a little more than 16 points per game during the week, including scoring 23 points on the opening day of the tournament Saturday, Nov. 23, against region-rival Gilmer in a 67-64 Pickens victory. Lowe had seven points in the fourth quarter to led the team to the win.

The junior guard scored 15 points in a 51-44 win against host Fannin Co. on Monday, Nov. 25, and then added 11 points in a 65-52 win against Hiwassee Dam on Tuesday, Nov. 26.

Against Fannin Co., Lowe hit three 3-pointers and was 4-of-4 from the free-throw line. Against Hiwassee Dam, he scored sixth in the fourth to help secure the win in a surprisingly tight game for the Dragons.

Lowe was named to the all-tournament team for his performance.

For his efforts last week, Tucker Lowe is the TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week for the Dragons!


Dragons named to Region 6-AAAA all-region team

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The awards having begun rolling in for the Pickens High Dragons football team.

The Dragons (6-4, 4-2 Region 6-AAAA) have put 16 players on the all-region team as voted on by the region coaches.


Senior quarterback C.J. Streicher has been named the Region 6-AAAA Offensive Player of the Year.

Senior quarterback C.J. Streicher has been named the Region 6-AAAA Offensive Player of the Year after guiding the team to the No. 3 seed in the state playoffs.


Senior Aidan Sanchez has been named the Region 6-AAAA Lineman of the Year.

Senior tackle Aidan Sanchez was named the Region 6-AAAA Lineman of the Year.

Four other members of the team were named first-team all-region.

They include senior defensive lineman Clayton Holland, senior offensive lineman Bailey Cannady, senior wide receiver Alex Snelgrove, and junior wide receiver Mykel Hand.

Five players made the region’s second team.

They are senior offensive lineman Josh Cook, senior linebacker T.C. Jarrett, senior tight end Austin Chester, junior running back Jarod Whitmore, and junior defensive back Chase Nelson.

Receiving honorable mention nods from the Dragons are senior defensive back Jay Jones, linebacker Jake Rogers, senior offensive lineman Mason Watkins, junior defensive lineman Sy Chadwick, and junior defensive back Tucker Lowe.

The Dragons will open play in the Class AAAA state playoffs on the road at Region 8-AAAA’s No. 2 seed North Oconee (9-1) this Friday.

The Dragons and the Titans are set for kick off at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15, in Bogart.

To read about the final Pickens game of the regular season, click here.


The Pickens Report – July 2018

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Pickens County Government, like many other government entities is taking full advantage of the hot summer months to pave as many roads as financially possible. All paving projects are funded through LMIG (Local Maintenance Improvement Grant) and SPLOST (Special Local Option Sales Tax) dollars. During the month of July, subcontractor crews repaved: Upper Grandview, Grandview Circle, Hickory Cove, Cove View Valley, Cove Hill Road, Old Cove Road, Scott Drive, Southbrook Drive, Eastwood Circle, Paradise Lane, East Eden Way, and West Eden Way. The 2018 paving contract is now roughly 65 percent complete with the remainder to be paved in the coming weeks. Pickens County Public Works repaved: Griffith Road and Tate Mill Way. Additionally, they completed a project to widen Pettit Road and plan to begin tar and graveling that road, along with Jordan Road, Thomason Road, and Evans Road. Public Works is continuing routine maintenance around the county while dealing with some inclement weather. Over the last few weeks, Public Works has cleaned up 95 trees downed by heavy rain and wind.

During the month of July, the 911 Operations Center received 1,809 total calls, 753 were medical responses and fire related. The Water Department installed 10 new meters. The Department of Planning and Development issued 37 new building permits. The Pickens Animal Shelter brought in 101 animals, and 100 animals went out through various forms of adoption. Animal Control responded to 7 cases. The Recreation Department concluded another successful year of Summer Camp with an average of 55 kids a day. Pickens County Fire Station #12 off Carlan Road is expected to be completed in approximately two months. The exterior of the structure is nearly complete with now the focus on the interior construction. Pickens County government departments continue to stay busy working hard for the citizens of Pickens County. The Pickens County Board of Commissioners continues to do an excellent job of leading these efforts. As work progresses, and projects continue, I will do my best to keep you informed of these developments. To stay up to date like us on Facebook and Twitter, and check out our website www.pickenscountyga.gov.   

Until the next time, stay safe, and shop local!    


Coach Chris Parker Talks Dragon Football

Team FYN Sports

Coach Chris Parker sat down with Team FYN Sports to talk about Dragons youth Program and the upcoming 2018 season. Parker, being the Athletic Director for all Pickens County is really involved and excited to see these young athletes grow and be a part of the high school programs in years ahead.

One young man that Parker has seen grow and mature is Zach Goss. Goss was a 7th grader when Coach Parker started working with the youth program.  Parker said the he saw a small skinny kid that had potential and look where he is now, a Senior that has had an excellent high school career and has verbally committed to play for Tennessee Tech.

The 2018 season holds expectations just as previous seasons and Coach Parker is ready to lead his team into battle.  The Dragons start the season at home against a bigger and stronger Stone Mountain team.  The ultimate goal for Parker and his Dragons is to play their best, execute their game plan and win games.  Most importantly, put out young men who are ready to face the world after high school.


Densmore Represents Dragons at State Golf

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The GHSA 4-A State Golf Tournament was held on Monday and Tuesday at Innsbruck Golf Club in Helen Ga. with ladies from all reaches of the state vying to be crowned Champion.  Locally, Kathryn Densmore from Pickens Co. High School laced up her golf shoes and took to the links for her shot at the top spot.  Densmore , returning to State competition for her third consecutive year finished with the low score in area to earn the bid to the dance.

On a course that has seen it’s share of rainy weather over the last few days, Innsbruck proved to play very tough for all the competitors.  Two athletes familiar with the course from it being their home venue, normally have scores in the upper 60’s.  On Monday, the first day, these ladies had scores in the mid to upper 70’s.  Densmore in a tough round of her own, put up a round of 84 thus leaving her in 12th place at the end of day one. Day two had Kathryn set with an 8:oo AM tee time and forecasted rain all day, She walked to the tee box with high hopes and smiles.  Putting day one behind her, Densmore Drove the ball down the fairway and round 2 was underway.  Early frustration sat in as the trees and a disgruntled mother of her grouping partner seemed to get her out of sorts for the first few holes of day 2.  The Pickens golfer started to find her stroke and picked up several pars to get back in the game.

On hole #9 Mother Nature reared her ugly side with a flash of lightening to force a delay in play.  The GHSA rule is that with each strike of lightening, play must be delayed for 30 minutes.  About 20 minutes into the stopage, the GHSA officials met with the coaches from each high school and it was decided to suspend play.  With not every athlete finishing half of the 18 hole course,  the final results for the tournament were decided from the day 1 scores.

Pickens County Dragon Kathryn Densmore came home with a 12th place finish.  Heads held high and smiles all around, both coaches and Densmore were okay with her performance and will start working now to get back next year.


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