Dragons Come Up Just Short Against Ridgeland After A Hard Fought Game

PHS Basketball, Sports

This past Friday night, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team hosted the Panthers of Ridgeland in a 6-AAAA battle. Both teams came into the game, needing a win as both were near the middle of the pack in the region standings.

 

In the first, it was Ridgeland getting off to a quick start, but Pickens got things going and kept up with the Panthers. After one, Ridgeland lead a closely contested frame, 14-10. The 2nd quarter, saw both teams go back and forth in fast paced action. The Panthers, outscored the Dragons 17-13, to take a 31-23 lead into the break.

 

The 3rd quarter, saw the Dragons ramp things up trying to get back into the game. Pickens, would outscore Ridgeland 20-17 in the 3rd, to cut the Panther lead to 48-43, going to the 4th. The 4th quarter, again saw the Dragons outscore Ridgeland 14-13. Despite that, the Panthers were able to hang on and win 61-57 after several late free throws.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Seth Bishop: 17 points, 2 assists, 7 rebounds, & 2 steals

Joseph Gossett: 12 points, 2 assists, 4 rebounds, & 1 steal

Keinyuan Hooks: 8 points, 6 assists, 3 rebounds, & 3 steals

Chase Simmons: 8 points, 2 assists, & 8 rebounds

Zach Goss: 7 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal

Tucker Lowe: 3 points, 2 assists, & 1 rebound

Owen Moss: 2 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, & 1 steal

 

Pickens, will now turn their attention to the Northwest Whitfield Bruins. The Dragons, will welcome the Bruins to the Dragons Den tomorrow night as part of a make up game after the original game was postponed due to snow. Tip off is 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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Dragons Get Road Win Over Southeast Whitfield, Move To 2-0 In Region

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Last night, the PHS Dragons varsity football team traveled north to take on the Southeast Whitfield Raiders in a crucial 6-AAAA region game. Pickens came in 3-2, & 1-0 in region play while Southeast Whitfield came in 5-1, & 1-1 in region play. This, was the Dragons first road game in about a month.

 

Pickens would win the toss and elect to differ to the 2nd half. This will come into play later. Southeast Whitfield took the opening possession and drove down towards the goal line. A low pass into the end zone allowed Sophomore C.J. Streicher to pick it off to give the Dragons a chance at the first points of the game. Junior Trevon Hawkins would run to the left & score from 11-yds out to give Pickens a 7-0 lead with 6:27 to go in the 1st. A 4th down stop deep inside Raider territory, gave the Dragons a short field to work with for their 2nd possession. Junior Robert Davis capped off that drive with a 9-yd TD run at the 2:43 mark. Pickens lead 14-0, going to the 2nd.

 

Hawkins got in for the 2nd time on the evening with a 5-yd run just as the 2nd quarter got underway, to make it 21-0 Dragons. Southeast Whitfield found it’s first points on the night after a 25-yd pass at the 10:17 mark to make it 21-7. The Raiders would tack on another touchdown, this time, a 17-yd pass would connect & the Pickens lead was cut to 21-14, with 5:32 left in the 2nd. As time was winding down to end the 1st half, Streicher strolled through a big hole created by the o-line for a 1-yd score, to make it 28-14 Dragons going to halftime.

 

Remember at the beginning of the game when Pickens differed the toss to the 2nd half? The Dragons used the momentum gathered off of their late 1st half score, to grab the first points in the 2nd half with a 20-yd pass from Senior Jacob Brumby, to Sophomore Alex Snelgrove to make it 35-14 Pickens with 9:14 left in the 3rd. Southeast Whitfield found themselves in the midst of a drive down near the end zone looking to cut into the Dragon lead when Hunter Hermann leaped and picked off a pass attempt to stop the Raiders scoring chance. The turnover would lead to points for Pickens as Brumby barreled his way in for the touchdown to make it 42-14 with 4:15 left in the 3rd. Southeast Whitfield scored quickly after a 50-yd TD pass to make it 42-21 with 4:06 left in the 3rd. Before the end of the 3rd, Brumby connected with Zach Goss from 20-yds out to make it 49-21 Dragons we headed to the 4th and final quarter. Neither team found any points in the fourth & your final score on the evening was 49-21 Dragons.

 

Pickens will be back home next week as they host the 4-3, (1-2) Northwest Whitfield Bruins. The Dragons will come into that game winners of two straight, & owning a record of 4-2, (2-0).

 

 

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Missed Opportunities Costly For Dragons In Tough Game Against Northwest Whitfield

PHS Baseball, Sports

Yesterday, before the storms rolled in, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team hosted the Bruins of Northwest Whitfield in 6-AAAA region action. Coming into the ball game, the Dragons held the top spot in the region standings at 3-0 while the Bruins held a 4-2 mark. This was the start of a three game series between the two schools.

 

Senior Travis Huffman got the start for the Dragons and looked good early. After allowing a bloop hit in the top of the 1st, he was able to work around it to send us to the bottom of the frame. In the bottom of the 1st, Pickens had an early scoring chance with runners at the corners and only 1 out. However, the runner at 1st would be picked off and the Bruins were able to get out of the inning with a pop up.

 

In the top of the 2nd, Northwest Whitfield struck first blood. The Bruins were able to plate 4 runs on 3 hits to take a 4-0 lead over the Pickens going to the bottom of the 2nd. Again, the Dragons had a scoring chance in the bottom of the inning. The runner at 2nd would be doubled up after the Bruins pitcher caught a line drive, & the inning would come to an end with a fly out. We headed to the 3rd, Northwest Whitfield leading Pickens, 4-0.

 

The top of the 3rd was the best half inning of work for T. Huffman as he only needed 9 pitches to get out of the frame. The bottom of the 3rd again showed promise for the Dragons, as Pickens had runners on 1st & 2nd with 1 out. The Bruins however were able to get out of it without any damage done to maintain their 4-0 advantage going to the top of the 4th. Relief pitcher Andrew Hasbrouck needed only 8 pitches in the top of the 4th to sit Northwest Whitfield down. The Dragons stranded a runner at 2nd in the bottom of the 4th to send us to the 5th.

 

Hasbrouck continued his success from the top of the 4th to the top of the 5th as he again only needed 8 pitches to get out of the inning. Pickens had a minor 2-out threat, but left a runner stranded at 1st to send us to the top of the 6th, Northwest Whitfield still ahead, 4-0. In the top of the 6th, Hasbrouck continued his outing with a ten pitch inning that included 1 strikeout. The Dragons offensive struggles continued however as they would go in order in the bottom of the inning to send us to the 7th, Bruins leading, 4-0.

 

Northwest Whitfield added to their lead in the top of the 7th with a run to make it 5-0 going to the bottom of the frame. Dragons down to their final three outs. Jace Franklin would start it off by being hit, Will Lawrence followed that up with a double. Brady Moore then would reach on an error, scoring Franklin. T. Huffman, pitch hitting for Hasbrouck, knocked in Lawrence on a sacrifice fly. With 2 out, Dalton Presley reached on an error, which scored B. Moore. A fly out ended the Dragons rally as the Bruins escaped with a 5-3 win.

 

T. Huffman: 3IP, 4H, 4R, 2ER on 53 pitches & 1-2 with a single & 1 RBI1sf

Andrew Hasbrouck: 4IP, 1R, 1ER, 1K on 36 pitches

Joseph Gossett: 2-4 with 2 singles

Dalton Presley: 1-4 with 1 single

Zack Moore: 1-3 with 1 single

Jace Franklin: 1 HBP & 1 run scored

Will Lawrence: 1-1 with a double & 1 run scored

Brady Moore: 1 run scored

 

Pickens will travel to Northwest Whitfield on Friday to wrap up the series with a doubleheader beginning at 5:30. The Dragons still lead the region standings, but by a slim margin:

Pickens: 3-1

LaFayette: 2-1

NW Whitfield: 5-2

Heritage: 4-2

Gilmer: 2-4

SE Whirfield: 2-4

Ridgeland: 1-5

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Dragons Find Good Luck On St. Patrick’s Day Against Flowery Branch

PHS Baseball, Sports

Yesterday, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team faced another out of region opponent as they welcomed the Falcons of Flowery Branch to Dragons Field. Due to weather earlier in the week, this would be the Dragons first game since a doubleheader against Gilmer last Friday. Prior to the game, several members of the American Legion provided the field with a brand new American flag.

 

New St. Andrews University (NC) commit Dalton Sipsy took the mound for the Dragons and looked good during his short work. Sipsy would only allow 1 walk and struck out a batter in his inning of work. Pickens grabbed the early lead in the bottom of the 1st as Dominic Stephens drove in Travis Huffman to send us to the 2nd, Dragons leading the Falcons, 1-0. Andrew Hasbrouck came in to pitch in the 2nd and pitched well. The Dragons added to their lead in the bottom of the frame as Will Lawrence would drive in Jace Franklin to make it 2-0 going to the 3rd.

Luke Smith came in for Pickens in the top of the 3rd and did well to limit a potential big inning for Flowery Branch. The Falcons scored a run in the top of the 3rd to cut the Dragon lead in half, 2-1, going to the bottom of the inning. In the bottom of the 3rd, Pickens picked up their 3rd run as Joseph Gossett came in after a pitch got passed the catcher. We would head to the 4th, Dragons ahead of the Falcons, 3-1. Right fielder Jace Franklin came in to pitch the top of the 4th for the Dragons. Flowery Branch scored three runs in the top half of the frame to take a 4-3 lead going to the bottom of the inning. The Falcons were able to work around a lead off double by Zack Moore as he would be stranded at 3rd. We headed to the 5th, Flowery Branch leading Pickens 4-3.

 

Dylan Huffman came on in the 5th to pitch for the Dragons, trying to keep it a one-run game. D. Huffman did just that, striking out two to send us to the bottom of the 5th. In the bottom of the inning, Dominic Stephens cranked a home run with 2-out to tie things up at 4, going to the 6th. D. Huffman was able to get out of the top of the 6th without giving up a run. Pickens, went in order in the bottom of the frame, & we would go to the 7th, tied at 4. Brady Moore came in to pitch the top of the 7th and held the Falcons scoreless, sending us to the bottom of the 7th. With Stephens at 2nd, 2-outs, & 1 1-2 count on him, Franklin smacked a single down the left field line to bring home Stephens and the win for the Dragons, 5-4.

 

Dalton Sipsy: 1IP, 0H, 0R 1K, 1BB on 15 pitches

Andrew Hasbrouck: 1IP, 0R, 0H, 0BB on 14 pitches

Luke Smith: 1IP, 1H, 1BB, 1R on 16 pitches

Jace Franklin: 1IP, 3R on 25 pitches & 2-4 with 2 singles, 1 run scored, & 1 RBI

Dylan Huffman: 2IP, 0R, 3K on 28 pitches

Brady Moore: 1IP 0R, 1K on 20 pitches

Travis Huffman: 1-4 with a single & 1 run scored

Joseph Gossett: 2-4 with 2 singles & 1 run scored

Dominic Stephens: 1-1 with 1 HR, 2 walks, 2 runs scored, & 2 RBI

Wyatt Gooch: 2-3 with 2 singles

Zack Moore: 1-2 with 1 single & 1 walk

 

Pickens, is now 9-3 on the season & in 1st place in  6-AAAA at 3-0. The Dragons will get back into region play next week as they will start a series with Northwest Whitfield Tuesday at Dragons Field at 5:30.

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Dragons Drop Physical Region Game To Northwest Whitfield

PHS Basketball, Sports

Last night, the Dragons varsity basketball team traveled to take on the Northwest Whitfield Bruins in a 6-AAAA region clash. Pickens, came in playing better basketball than the last time these two met up, & Northwest Whitfield came in leading the region standings.

 

In the 1st, the Dragons got off to a great start. Using defense to lead to offense, Pickens led the Bruins going to the 2nd, 15-12. In the 2nd, Northwest Whitfield made a big run. The Bruins outscored the Dragons 29-18 to take a 41-33 lead going into the half.

 

In the 3rd, Pickens, stayed within striking distance of Northwest Whitfield. After 3, the Bruins took a 59-48 lead into the 4th and final quarter. In the 4th, though the Dragons kept trying to make comeback attempts, the fouls started to pile up and Northwest Whitfield was able to close it out with a 79-64 score. A total of 32 fouls & 1 technical foul was called in that 2nd half.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Joseph Gossett: 29 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, & 2 steals

Avery Luke: 13 points, 3 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, & 2 blocks

Hunter Hermann: 9 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, & 2 steals

Hunter Jordan: 5 points, & 2 blocks

Blake Gorth: 4 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, & 1 block

Keinyuan Hooks: 2 points, 6 assists, 2 rebounds, & 3 steals

Jacob Brumby: 2 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal

 

Pickens, will have little time to rest as they again will be back on the road this afternoon taking on the Sonoraville Phoenix in a non region contest. Tip off scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

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Dragons Fall In Close One With Adairsville, Get Back Into Region Friday

PHS Basketball, Sports

Yesterday evening, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team traveled to take on the Tigers of Adairsville in a non region clash. These two teams met last Saturday in the Dragons Den, with Pickens coming away the victors. The season series was tied 1-1 going into last night.

 

In the 1st, things started off well for the Dragons. Using defense to lead to offense, Pickens led things going to the 2nd, 18-9. In the 2nd, Adairsville would go on a big run. A 27-14 quarter advantage, the Tigers took the lead into halftime, 36-32.

 

In the 3rd, both teams traded buckets, finding success on the offensive end. Each team poured in 24 points in the frame, & we would head to the 4th with Adairsville leading the Dragons, 60-56. In the 4th, the Tigers started to pull away, but Pickens made it a game late. Adairsville were able to hit a couple free throws to seal the win, 82-76.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Blake Gorth: 18 points, 3 assists, 8 rebounds, 1 steal, & 2 blocks

Seth Bishop: 16 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal, & 1 block

Avery Luke: 11 points, 3 assists, 1 rebound, 6 steals, & 1 block

Joseph Gossett: 7 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds, & 3 steals

Keinyuan Hooks: 6 points, 5 assists, 2 rebounds, & 1 steal

Hunter Jordan: 6 points, 3 rebounds, & 1 block

Hunter Herman: 4 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal

Jacob Brumby: 4 points, 2 rebounds, & 1 block

Chase Simmons: 3 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds

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

 

Pickens, will now prepare to get back into region mode as they will travel to take on the Bruins of Northwest Whitfield on Friday. The Bruins, lead the region standings at the moment with a 7-1 record. Tip off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.

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Dragons Fall To Bruins After Record Night For Northwest Whitfield

PHS Basketball, Sports

This past Friday, the Dragons varsity basketball team hosted the Bruins of Northwest Whitfield in a 6-AAAA match up. After going through a tough stretch, Pickens looked to get their first region win at home.

 

In the 1st, the Bruins came out on fire. Northwest Whitfield used aggressive defense, and a hot shooting start to jump out to a 31-10 lead going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, the Bruins kept up their pace they set in the 1st. The Dragons, got a bit more offense in during the 2nd, but Northwest Whitfield held a 53-23 lead at the break.

 

In the 3rd, Pickens had their best offensive output of the game as it was the closest quarter between the teams as the Bruins held a 21-18 quarter advantage to hold a 74-41 lead going to the 4th. In the 4th, the Dragons outscored Northwest Whitfield 15-14 ending the game on a positive note. The Bruins took this one, 88-56.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Blake Gorth: 15 points, 3 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, & 1 block

Seth Bishop: 11 points, & 1 rebound

Zach Goss: 7 points, & 1 assist

Hunter Fowler: 6 points, & 3 rebounds

Hunter Hermann: 4 points, 2 assists, & 3 rebounds

Jacob Brumby: 4 points, & 1 rebound

Joseph Gossett: 2 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, & 1 steal

Chase Simmons: 2 points, 2 rebounds, & 1 steal

Hunter Jordan: 2 points, & 2 rebounds

Matthew Stewart: 2 points, & 1 rebound

Keinyuan Hooks: 1 point, 5 assists, & 3 steals

Avery Luke: 2 assists, 6 rebounds, & 1 steal

 

The Dragons, will be back in action again this Tuesday at home as they host the Generals of Heritage inside the Dragons Den. Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m.

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