Dragons Honor Fallen Teammate, Defeat Rabun County In Home Opener

PHS Baseball, Sports

Late yesterday afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team hosted the Rabun County Wildcats of gthe 2-A classification for their 2018 home opener. Pickens, came into the game 1-0 on the young season after defeating the Wheeler Wildcats out of 7-A on the road 13-11 on Tuesday. Prior to the game, the Dragons honored the late Shawn Mask, who died late last year. Standing next to a picture of Shawn, Shawn’s little brother threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

The starting pitcher for the Dragons was Will Lawrence. Lawrence, started off very well in the top of the 1st, striking out two batters. In the bottom of the 1st, the Dragons got on the board early after a 2-out, 2-run double by Chad Pacas. Pickens held a 2-0 lead over Rabun going to the 2nd. In the top of the 2nd, the Wildcats had a major threat developing. However, with the help of two more strikeouts from Lawrence, and a good defensive play at 3rd, Rabun was only able to score one run. Pickens would go down in order in the bottom of the inning to send us to the 3rd, Dragons ahead, 2-1.

 

The top of the 3rd, saw the Wildcats tie things up at 2 a piece after a passed ball. The Dragons would strand a runner at third in the bottom half of the frame, as that sent us to the 4th inning, tied up at 2. Pacas, came in for Lawrence in the top of the 4th & much like Lawrence, pitched very well. Pacas, was able to strike out two Wildcats in his first inning of work to keep us at 2 going to the bottom of the 4th. The bottom of the 4th was the key inning in this game. Pickens, batted around in the half inning, scoring 8 runs in the process. The Dragons, took a 10-2 lead over Rabun County to the top of the 5th.

 

Pacas, again struck out two batters in the top half of the 5th. He & Lawrence combined for 9 K’s on the night. RBI hits from seniors Dylan Huffman & Joseph Gossett in the bottom of the inning, gave the Dragons a 10-run lead and the win over Rabun County, 12-2.

 

Stats

Will Lawrence: 3 IP, 3 H, 5 K, 63 pitches, & 1-2 with a double & 1 run scored

Chad Pacas: 2 IP, 4 K, 36 pitches, 2-2 with 2 doubles, 4 RBI, & 1 HBP

Colby James: 2-3 with a double, a single, 2 RBI, & 1 run scored

Joseph Gossett: 2-4 with a double, a single, 2 RBI, & 1 run scored

Jace Franklin: 1-2 with a double, a walk, & 1 run scored

Dylan Huffman: 1-3 with a single, a walk, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored

Caswell Smith: 1-1 with a single

Hunter Hermann: 2 runs scored

Alex Snelgrove: 1 run scored

Tyler Vreeland: 1 run scored

 

Pickens, will look to keep their winning ways going early on this season as they will be at Murray County this coming Tuesday to take on the Indians. First pitch is scheduled for 5:55 pm.

 

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Dragons Drop Tough Game To War Eagles, Play Crucial Region Game At SE Whitfield Tuesday

PHS Basketball, Sports

This past Saturday afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team hosted the Chestatee War Eagles in a non-region contest. This day, was also recognized as Senior Night. Pickens, was fresh off of a big road win the previous night against Ridgeland, & looked to carry over the momentum built in that game over to their game against Chestatee.

 

In the 1st quarter, the scoring happened early and the pace quickened just as fast. Chestatee raced out to an early 22-13 lead, heading to the 2nd. The 2nd quarter saw both teams go back & forth, bucket for bucket, including a big time thrown down from Junior Zach Goss for the Dragons. After using a 20-16 quarter run, the War Eagles took a 42-29 lead over Pickens into the break.

 

The 3rd saw the War Eagles extend their lead over the Dragons using an 18-12 advantage. Chestatee held the lead, 60-41 going to the 4th. Chestatee would take this one from Pickens, 75-54.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Seth Bishop: 14 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, & 1 steal

Hunter Fowler: 8 points, 3 assists, 5 rebounds, & 1 steal

Hunter Hermann: 7 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, & 3 blocks

Zach Goss: 6 points, 1 assist, 6 rebounds, & 3 steals

Keinyuan Hooks: 6 points, 1 assist, & 1 rebound

Joseph Gossett: 5 points, 1 assist, & 1 rebound

Chase Simmons: 3 points, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal

Avonta Johnson: 3 points, 1 assist, & 2 rebounds

Evan Jones: 2 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, & 1 block

 

Tomorrow night, the Dragons will head to Dalton to take on the Southeast Whitfield Raiders, in what is most likely, the biggest game of the season so far. A win for Pickens, could mean that these same teams meet in the first round of the upcoming region tournament. Tip off time is scheduled for 7:30 pm.

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Dragons Get Big Road Win Against Ridgeland, Welcome Chestatee For Senior Day

PHS Basketball, Sports

The Dragons, took to the road last night as they made the long trek to take on the Ridgeland Panthers in a crucial 6-AAAA meeting. Pickens, came into the game looking to gather some momentum heading into the final week of the regular season, & hoped to start that, by splitting with Ridgeland.

 

Both teams came out firing in the opening quarter as the offense was flowing on both ends. The Dragons, used the fast start to grab a 20-17 lead over the Panthers going to the 2nd. The offensive success for both squads carried over into the 2nd quarter, & it looked like after the first half of play that we’d be in for a shootout. Ridgeland, used an 18-17 quarter advantage to trim the Pickens lead to 37-35, going to the break.

 

The 3rd quarter, was again, fast paced, intense back and forth action as both teams looked fairly matched up with each other. The Panthers, with the help of a 19-15 quarter advantage, seized the lead over the Dragons going to the 4th, 54-52. In the 4th, Pickens, would show no quit, as they used a 22-13 quarter run, and some nicely timed defensive stops to get the big road win over the Panthers, 74-67.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Joseph Gossett: 18 points, 2 assists, & 2 rebounds

Seth Bishop: 16 points, 3 assists, 8 rebounds, & 1 block

Keinyuan Hooks: 14 points, 12 assists, & 4 rebounds

Zach Goss: 14 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds, & 1 block

Chase Simmons: 8 points, 1 assist, & 3 rebounds

Tucker Lowe: 3 points, 1 assist, & 1 steal

Hunter Hermann: 1 point, 3 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, & 2 blocks

 

The Dragons, will look to continue last night’s good play as they will host the Chestatee War Eagles this afternoon for Senior Day. Tip off is scheduled for 4:30 pm.

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Dragons Fall To The Generals, Head To Ridgeland On Friday

PHS Basketball, Sports

The PHS Dragons varsity basketball team hosted the Heritage Generals inside the Dragons Den last night for a 6-AAAA region ball game, with the regular season coming to a close in a hurry, both teams were looking for momentum to carry them through the final stretch towards the region tournament.

 

The opening quarter, saw highly contested action as both teams found success offensively. The Generals, came away with the lead going to the 2nd, 19-14. The 2nd quarter, was an 8 point ball game, until Heritage went on a run to close the first half. Using a 21-5 quarter advantage, the Generals held a 40-19 lead over the Dragons going to the half.

 

The 3rd, saw a very competitive frame between both teams. Heritage, outscored Pickens 21-18 in the quarter to maintain their lead a 61-37, going to the 4th. The Dragons, outscored the Generals in the 4th 16-12, getting some good play out of some younger players. Pickens, outscored Heritage in the 2nd half, 34-33. It would not be enough as the Generals took this one, 73-53.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Zach Goss: 14 points, 2 rebounds, & 1 block

Seth Bishop: 9 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, & 1 steal

Tucker Lowe: 6 points, 1 assist, & 1 steal

Joseph Gossett: 6 points, 1 assist, & 1 rebound

Hunter Hermann: 5 points, 2 assists, 1 steal, & 1 block

Chase Simmons: 3 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, & 2 steals

Owen Moss: 3 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound, & 1 steal

Avonta Johnson: 3 points, & 1 steal

 

Pickens, will be on the road on Friday as they head to Ridgeland to take on the Panthers in the 2nd to last region game of the regular season. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.

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Dragons Split Regular Season Region Games With Gilmer, Host Union Tuesday

PHS Basketball, Sports

Last night, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team hosted their bitter rival, the Gilmer Bobcats, for some Friday night 6-AAAA basketball. The last time these two met, it was back in the cage in Ellijay with the Dragons coming away the winners in overtime.

 

Much like the opening quarter of the girls game, both offenses got things going early, & it was highly contested. Also much like the girls game, Pickens held the lead after the 1st, 19-14. The 2nd quarter, saw the Dragons stretch their lead using some tough defense to lead to some fantastic transition baskets on the offensive end. Using a 14-10 quarter run, Pickens held the advantage over Gilmer, 33-24, going into the break.

 

In the 3rd, the Bobcats got things rolling on their end. After being down 9 to start the 2nd half, Gilmer used a 26-17 quarter run to take a 50-47 lead over Pickens going to the 4th and final quarter. In the 4th, both teams would score 15 points each. However, that would not be enough for the Dragons as Gilmer held on to take this one, 65-62.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Zach Goss: 24 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound, & 1 steal

Joseph Gossett: 14 points, 2 assists, 6 rebounds, & 2 steals

Seth Bishop: 10 points, & 7 rebounds

Keinyuan Hooks: 8 points, 9 assists, 6 rebounds, & 2 steals

Chase Simmons: 4 points, 3 assists, 6 rebounds, & 1 steal

Hunter Hermann: 2 points, 4 assists, 5 rebounds, & 5 steals

 

For Pickens, they will have to shake off that tough loss to their rival as they will be back in action on Tuesday night as they will host the Union County Panthers in non-region action. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.

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Dragons, Fall To LaFayette, Host Bobcats Friday

PHS Basketball, Sports

The PHS Dragons varsity basketball team made their way up to LaFayette last night to take on the LaFayette Ramblers in a 6-AAAA region game. LaFayette, came in with a record of 14-1 on the season, & one of the top teams in the region. Pickens, was looking to earn a split with the Ramblers during the season match ups.

 

In the opening quarter, both teams would find it difficult to find points as the defense for both teams played very well. LaFayette held the lead going to the 2nd, 13-8. In the 2nd, LaFayette, stretched it’s lead out slightly using a 15-9 quarter run, but Pickens still found itself very much in striking distance. The Ramblers, took a 28-17 lead into to break.

 

The 3rd quarter, was back and forth with both teams seeing the ball go in the hoop. Lafayette, outscored the Dragons 15-12, in a highly contested quarter, to take a lead of 43-29 into the 4th. In the 4th, the Ramblers used a 16-11 quarter run to seal the win, 59-40.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Seth Bishop: 12 points, 2 assists, 10 rebounds, & 1 steal

Zach Goss: 10 points, 1 assist, & 3 rebounds

Keinyuan Hooks: 5 points, 5 assists, 2 rebounds, & 3 steals

Joseph Gossett: 5 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds, & 2 steals

Chase Simmons: 4 points, 1 assist, 6 rebounds, & 1 steal

Tucker Lowe: 3 points

Hunter Hermann: 2 points, 7 rebounds, & 2 blocks

 

Pickens, will return home to the Dragons Den to welcome their neighbors from up north, the Gilmer Bobcats on Friday Night. Tip off is scheduled for 8:30 pm.

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Dragons Fight Hard In Tough Road Game At Heritage

PHS Basketball, Sports

Last night, the PHS varsity Dragons basketball team took to the road to face the Generals of Heritage in a 6-AAAA region game. Pickens, was coming off of a thrilling last second overtime win over their rivals, the Gilmer Bobcats, & hadn’t been able to play since then due to the weather over the weekend.

 

In the 1st, it was much like the girls game beforehand. Both teams trying to find their footing. Heritage, was able to build a 19-11 lead over the Dragons going into the 2nd. In the 2nd quarter, the Generals would take advantage of some miscues by Pickens and outscored the Dragons 25-13 in the frame to take a 44-24 lead into the break.

 

Pickens, got things working in the 3rd quarter as they looked to get back into the game. The Dragons, at one time cut the lead down to single digits after being down 20 to start the frame. They outscored Heritage 23-18 in the 3rd, but found themselves still trailing going to the 4th, 62-47. In the 4th, the Generals closed it out with a 16-14 quarter run to take this one, 78-61.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Hunter Hermann: 11 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, & 1 block

Chase Simmons: 11 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, & 1 block

Joseph Gossett: 11 points, 2 assists, & 5 rebounds

Keinyuan Hooks: 9 points, 3 assists, & 3 rebounds

Zach Goss: 6 points, 5 assists, 6 rebounds, & 4 steals

Seth Bishop: 6 points, 5 rebounds, & 1 steal

Hunter Fowler: 5 points, 1 assist, & 6 rebounds

Owen Moss: 2 points

 

Pickens, will be back home friday night as they host the Ridgeland Panthers in a region match up. Tip off scheduled for 7:30 pm.

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Dragons Shock Bobcats With Last Second Win In Overtime

PHS Basketball, Sports

Last Friday night, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team took the short ride up to Ellijay to take on the Gilmer Bobcats in a 6-AAAA region match up. Pickens, is up one in the three regular season meetings after their 10 point win during the Thanksgiving Tip-Off Tournament. This game, much like a lot of Pickens/Gilmer games, did not disappoint.

 

In the 1st quarter, it was the home team that got off to a quick start. Going to the 2nd, the Bobcats led the Dragons, 17-10. In the 2nd, Pickens turned the tide and got things going. The Dragons, would have their own 17-10 quarter run to give us a tie ball game at 27 a piece going to the half.

 

In the 3rd, both teams went back and forth trading buckets. A 19-14 run for the Bobcats, gave them a 46-41 lead over Pickens going to the 4th and final quarter. In the 4th, the two teams combined for 47 total points. The Dragons, were able to make some clutch baskets, and outscore Gilmer 26-21, to send us into overtime tied at 67. Much like regulation, the overtime period was exciting & heart stopping all at once. With just over 10 seconds left, the Bobcats, went 1/2 at the free throw line, the Dragons got the rebound, drove down the court, & Senior Joseph Gossett found an opening in the lane and drove in for a layup with 1.5 seconds left, giving Pickens the 80-79 win over Gilmer.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Hunter Hermann: 23 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, & 1 block

Seth Bishop: 18 points, 1 assist, 14 rebounds, & 1 steal

Zach Goss: 14 points, 5 rebounds, & 2 steals

Chase Simmons: 8 points, 4 assists, 7 rebounds, & 3 steals

Joseph Gossett: 7 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, & 3 steals

Keinyuan Hooks: 5 points, 12 assists, 6 rebounds, & 6 steals

Hunter Fowler: 3 points

 

Pickens, is now 3-3 overall & 1-1 in region play. They will be back in action next Friday as they welcome the Northwest Whitfield Bruins to the Dragons Den. Tip off is scheduled for 8:30 pm.

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