Dragons Get Win Over Northwest Whitfield In Series Opener

PHS Baseball, Sports

Yesterday afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team welcomed the Northwest Whitfield Bruins to Dragons Field to begin their 3-game set. Pickens, came into this game 8-5 overall, but more importantly, 3-0 in region play after sweeping the Gilmer Bobcats to start region play. The Bruins, went 2-1 against Southeast Whitfield, & dropped all three games against Heritage in close fashion.


Caswell Smith took to the mound to start for the Dragons and pitched very well. Smith would strikeout 2 Bruins batters to begin the game. Pickens, had an early chance to put some runs on the board, but would leave two runners stranded to send us to the 2nd, still scoreless. Smith would add to his strikeout total in the top of the 2nd, giving him 3 in two innings. Smith then led off the bottom of the frame with a single, but the Dragons would not be able to score as we’d head to the 3rd, still tied at 0.


In the bottom of the 3rd, Pickens broke through and broke the tie after a 2-out RBI single from Jace Franklin brought in Dylan Huffman. Going to the top of the 4th, the Dragons held a 1-0 lead over the Bruins. Smith, struck out 2 in the 4th, bringing his total to 7 for the game, & keeping the lead at 1-0 in favor of Pickens. In the bottom of the 4th, the Dragons again did damage with 2-out as Brady Moore had a 2 RBI triple, & Joseph Gossett would follow that up with an RBI single to stretch the lead to 4-0 over Northwest Whitfield, going to the 5th.


We pick up the action in the top of the 6th, as Northwest Whitfield got on the board, and cut the Dragons lead in half. Isaiah Payne came on in relief of Smith, & needed 1 pitch to get out of the 6th. In the the top of the 7th, Payne was able to end any potential game tying threats by the Bruins, and sealed the win for Pickens, 4-2.



Caswell Smith: 5 2/3rd innings, 9K, 2R, 2ER, 110 pitches, & 1-3 with a single

Isaiah Payne: 1 /1/3rd innings, 1K, 20 pitches

Brady Moore: 1-3 with a walk, a triple, 2 RBI, & 1 run scored

Joseph Gossett: 1-2 with a HBP, a single, & 1 RBI

Jace Franklin: 1-2 with a walk, a single, & 1 RBI

Hunter Hermann: 1-3 with a single, & 1 run scored

Dylan Huffman: 1-3 with a double, & 1 run scored

Evan Jones: 1 run scored


These two teams will play again tomorrow at Northwest Whitfield in game two of the three game set. First pitch set for 5:55.


Dragons Season Ends At 6-AAAA Region Tournament

PHS Basketball, Sports

Last night, it was the Dragons varsity basketball team’s turn to head to Dalton to start their region tournament, also being held at Southeast Whitfield. Pickens, came into the tournament as the #7 seed, & they would be taking on the #2 seed, Northwest Whitfield Bruins in the opening round.


The beginning of the 1st quarter saw the Dragons get out to a quick start. Midway through the frame both teams were going back and forth with each other, trading buckets. Northwest Whitfield took the lead heading to the 2nd, 22-15. In the 2nd, the Bruins stretched their lead a bit, but Pickens still found itself within striking distance. Using a 19-13 quarter advantage, Northwest Whitfield took a 41-28 lead into the break.


The 3rd quarter, was not kind to Pickens. Nothing would fall for the Dragons as the Bruins stretched their lead out more. A 20-6 quarter run by Northwest Whitfield, gave them a 61-34 lead over Pickens going to the 4th. The Bruins came away with this one, 83-49.


Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Seth Bishop: 18 points, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal (named to All-Region Team)

Chase Simmons: 10 points, 2 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, & 1 block

Joseph Gossett: 8 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds

Zach Goss: 5 points, 1 assist, 6 rebounds, & 2 steals

Keinyuan Hooks: 4 points, 7 assists, & 1 steal

Austin Adams: 2 points, & 2 rebounds

Hayes Pickett: 1 point, & 2 rebounds

Tucker Lowe: 1 point


The Dragons, will be graduating 6 seniors from this season’s team. To Hunter Fowler, Joseph Gossett, Keinyuan Hooks, Avonta Johnson, Evan Jones, & Chase Simmons, TeamFYNSports thanks you for all you’ve done during your time at PHS, & good luck to you in the future!


Dragons Fall In Final Seconds To 6-A River Ridge, Play Northwest Whitfield Tuesday in Region Tournament

PHS Basketball, Sports

It was the 2017-18 regular season finale last night as the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team welcomed the River Ridge Knights of the 6-A classification to the Dragons Den for the final tune up prior to the 6-AAAA Region Tournament. Both teams came in looking for momentum heading into their respective tournaments next week.


In the 1st quarter, the Dragons got off to a hot start right out of the gate. River Ridge, closed the gap as the frame came to a close, but Pickens held the lead going to the 2nd, 14-13. In the 2nd, both teams provided high paced, back & forth action for the crowd. The Knights, used a 13-11 quarter run, to take a 26-25 lead into the locker room.


In the third, it was more of the same action we saw in the first half as both teams proved to be fairly even. River Ridge used a 14-9 quarter advantage to stretch their lead to 40-34, going to the 4th. The 4th quarter saw a crazy ending to this one. Pickens, came back after trailing to begin the frame to take the lead at one point. The Knights however, had different thoughts. Even though the Dragons outscored River Ridge 15-11, the Knights were able to make a layup in the final seconds to take the win, 51-49.


Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Seth Bishop: 27 points, 8 rebounds, & 3 steals

Keinyuan Hooks: 8 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds, & 1 block

Joseph Gossett: 7 points, 3 assists, 9 rebounds, & 1 block

Chase Simmons: 7 points, 2 assists, 5 rebounds, & 2 steals


Pickens, will now use the next couple of days to prepare for the upcoming 6-AAAA Region Tournament being held at Southeast Whitfield. The Dragons, will be the #7 seed and face the #2 seeded Northwest Whitfield Bruins on Tuesday in the opening round. The winner, will advance to the 4-A State Tournament. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.


Dragons Fall To Northwest Whitfield

PHS Basketball, Sports

The PHS Dragons basketball team made the trip up to Tunnel Hill to take on the Northwest Whitfield Bruins last night in a 6-AAAA region game. The previous meeting in Jasper went the way of the Bruins, & the Dragons, were looking to even up the season series.


The first quarter, was fairly even until the end of the frame as Northwest Whitfield took an early lead. Going to the 2nd, the Bruins held a 20-11 lead over the Dragons. The 2nd quarter, would be very unkind to Pickens. The Dragons, kept getting unlucky on offense as the Bruins stretched their lead out. Going into the half, Northwest Whitfield held a 47-21 advantage.


Pickens, finally saw the ball go in the bucket and found some consistent offense in a very competitive 3rd quarter. Northwest Whitfield, outscored the Dragons 19-17, to maintain the lead 66-38, going to the 4th. Northwest Whitfield, closed this one out in the 4th as the Bruins took this one, 79-42.


Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Seth Bishop: 13 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, & 1 block

Keinyuan Hooks: 10 points, 6 assists, & 5 rebounds

Avonta Johnson: 5 points, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal

Zach Goss: 5 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound, & 1 steal

Hunter Fowler: 5 points, & 3 rebounds


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.


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.


Dragons Get Road Win Over Southeast Whitfield, Move To 2-0 In Region


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).




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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