A video of the ceremony may be viewed at the bottom of this page!
In October, Jeremy Westbrook competed in the Area Future Farmer’s of America (FFA) Quiz event. This event is a fifty question quiz covering all aspects of FFA. Jeremy was in the top 2 of 48, 6th through 9th graders. He then advanced to the state contest which was held at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC). While there, Jeremy competed against eleven more students who qualified out of 243 total students from across the state. Of those eleven, eight were 9th graders and three were 8th graders. At the end of the event, Jeremy was recognized as the state winner. It has also come to our attention that Jeremy, a 7th grader, is the youngest student on record to ever win the contest.
Congratulations to Mykenzie Weaver for recently passing 2,000 career points in Girls Basketball. Mykenzie is only the 3rd person in school history to achieve this feat. She currently sits 2nd in all-time leading scoring in Dragonettes Girls Basketball History!
She was also named the Region 6AAAA Player of the Year.
Our Dragons win the Fall GHSA Esports Rocket League state championship!We defeated Forsyth Central 4 games to 1 at Mt Vernon at the GHSA State Esports Championships!
Congratulations to Mason Watkins, Carter Logan, and Tristan Warren and Coach Wil Nix on this accomplishment!
The Dragons Esports Rocket League team also won the Spring GHSA Esports State Championship last May.
The PHS and PJHS band would like to recognize our students who were selected for the District 9 Honor Bands, the GMEA All-State Band, and who qualified for the final round audition at the State level.
Hill City Elementary School was named to the 2019-20 list of Distinguished Schools released by the Georgia Department of Education. Title I Distinguished Schools are among the highest-performing 5% of Title I schools in the state. Hill City Elementary was 1 of 87 schools named to this list.
In a press release, State School Superintendent Richard Woods shares, “While we are focused on continuous improvement for all schools, it’s also essential that we recognize when schools are doing well, These schools are overcoming barriers, meeting challenges, and producing great gains for their students. I commend the school leaders, teachers, parents and communities in our 2019-20 Distinguished [and Reward] Schools who are opening up opportunities for their students.”
Congratulations, Hill City Elementary!
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Two members of the Pickens Dragons basketball squad have been named to the Region 6-4A All-Region Team as voted on by the region coaches.
Juniors Tucker Lowe and Noah Sutton were named to the squad have stellar campaigns this season.
Lowe, a 5-foot-9 guard, averaged 15.6 points per game during the regular season to go along with 2.7 assists, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.3 steals. He also shot 39 percent from beyond the arc on the season.
Sutton, a 6-foot-3 post, averaged 14.3 points per game, 6.6 rebounds and had a field-goal percentage of 69 percent.
The Dragons (18-8) defeated Ridgeland 87-47 Tuesday, Feb. 4, to earn a spot in the Class 4A state playoffs just a year after winning only four games.
Owen Moss is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Pickens Dragons!
Moss, a 6-foot-1 junior guard, had a standout performance last week for Pickens (17-8, 7-5 Region 6-4A) to help lock down the No. 3 seed for the region tournament.
On Tuesday, Jan. 28, Moss scored a team-high 19 points, including five made 3-pointers, as the Dragons defeated Southeast Whitfield Co. (0-25, 0-12) by a score of 86-51 in Dalton.
Pickens will face sixth-seeded Ridgeland (7-18, 2-10) on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m. in the first round of the region tournament.
For his efforts, Moss is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Dragons!
The players for the Pickens football team that were selected as TeamFYNSports Player of the Week during the 2019 season were recognized Thursday, Jan. 30, at the high school. Each player received a gift certificate for a meal and a commemorative T-shirt.
The players were:
Week 1, CJ Streicher: In a 28-18 win against Stone Mountain in Jasper on Aug. 23, the 6-foot, 210-pound, senior quarterback went 9-of-11 for 116 yards and two touchdowns passing, while carrying the ball 15 times for 103 yards and a score.
Week 2, Jarod Whitmore: In a 34-20 loss at Pepperell on Sept. 6, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound junior running back caught five passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns, and carried the ball nine times for 31 yards.
Week 3, T.C. Jarrett: In a 27-20 loss at White Co. on Sept. 13, the 6-foot senior linebacker had nine total tackles, including three solo and six assists.
Week 4, Tucker Lowe: In a 44-3 win against Chamblee in Jasper on Sept. 20, the 5-foot-9 junior tallied two interceptions.
Week 5, Whitmore: For his second Player of the Week selection of the season, the junior carried the ball 22 times for 246 yards and three touchdowns, while also catching a 23-yard touchdown pass in the 35-23 win against Gilmer in Ellijay on Sept. 27.
Week 6, Streicher: For his second Player of the Week selection of the season, the senior went 7-of-16 for 133 yards and three touchdowns, while carrying the ball eight times for 190 yards and three touchdowns in a 45-14 win against Southeast Whitfield Co. in Jasper on Oct. 4.
Week 7, Alex Snelgrove: In a 21-20 loss at Heritage on Oct. 11, the 6-foot-2, 193-pound senior caught six passes for 93 yards and a touchdown, carried the ball twice for eight yards, and netted six total tackles (three solo, three assists) and two tackles for loss.
Week 8, Sy Chadwick: In a 35-10 win against Northwest Whitfield on Oct. 18 in Jasper, the 6-foot, 245-pound junior had eight tackles, including four solo, four assists, and two tackles for loss.
Week 9, Aidan Sanchez: In a 41-28 loss to Ridgeland on Oct. 25 in Jasper, the 6-foot-4, 290-pound senior tackle played a dominating game on the offensive line.
Week 10, Streicher: For his third Player of the Week selection of the season, the senior went 8-of-14 for 166 yards and a touchdown, while carrying the ball 25 times for 237 yards and six touchdowns in a 49-45 win against LaFayette in Jasper on Nov. 1.
Week 11, Snelgrove: For his second Player of the Week selection of the season, the senior played a solid game on both sides of the ball in a 45-24 loss at North Oconee in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs.
Editor’s note: TeamFYNSports would like to thank our sponsors for the 2019 Pickens football season. Without their support, coverage of the Dragons would not have been possible. A big thank you to Circuit World, Graphic Expressions, Day’s Chevrolet, Salon 84, Woodmen Life, Johnny’s Pizza, North GA Metals, Judge Brenda Weaver, Alan Home State Farm, Country Financial, and Renasant Bank.
Noah Sutton is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Pickens Dragons!
Sutton, a 6-foot-3 junior center, had a pair of standout performances in Region 6-4A games during the week for Pickens (16-8, 6-5).
On Tuesday, Jan. 21, Sutton scored 13 points as the Dragons fell 68-47 to region foe and area-rival Gilmer (9-9, 5-6).
Sutton scored a team-high 15 points Friday, Jan. 24, as Pickens lost 75-53 to Northwest Whitfield (14-10, 9-2) in Tunnel Hill.
For his efforts, Sutton is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Dragons!
Aidan Sanchez is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Pickens Dragons!
Sanchez, a 6-foot-4 senior center, has been a big part of a great season so far for Pickens (16-5, 6-3 Region 6-4A), which went 2-1 during the past week.
On Monday, Jan. 13, Sanchez scored seven points as the Dragons defeated Morris Innovative 85-16 on the road.
At home against Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 17, Sanchez chipped in four points as the Dragons fell 61-33.
To finish out the week, Sanchez scored two points as Pickens defeated Pepperell 70-60 in Jasper.
For his efforts, Sanchez is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Dragons!
On Saturday, Jan.18, the Pickens Dragons (16-5, 6-3 Region 6-4A) welcomed the Pepperell Dragons (7-11, 4-6 Region 7-AA) to the Dragons’ Den in a non-region contest. After an up-and-down battle throughout, the Dragons of Pickens came away with the 70-60 win.
In the first quarter, it was the away team that got off to the quick start. Pepperell started the game on a 6-0 run. The run was stalled by a Noah Sutton free throw. Pepperell then went on a 5-0 run before a Luke Rogers free throw made it 11-2. Sutton would finally give the Dragons their first field goal of the game to make it 12-4. Later on in the quarter, Pickens got going and cut the Pepperell lead down to 17-15. Pepperell made a pair of free throws to close the first with a 19-15 lead.
In the second quarter, Pickens used a 6-0 run, with help from free throws from Aidan Sanchez and Hays Pickett, and a layup from Tucker Lowe, to take their first lead of the game, 21-19. That lead was short lived as Pepperell came down and hit a 3-pointer to reclaim the lead at 22-21. The two teams traded the lead back-and-forth for a bit until Pickens took over with an 11-0 run, getting buckets from Zac Tetterton, Owen Moss, and Sutton, to take 37-26 lead. After Pepperell cut it to seven, Lowe nailed a 3-pointer to give the Dragons a 44-34 lead going into halftime.
The second half as a whole was very closely played by both teams. In the third quarter Pickens held an 18-point lead at one time. Pepperell was able to cut that lead down to 58-48 going to the fourth.
In the fourth quarter, Pepperell cut the Pickens lead down to 60-54. After that, Pickens went on a big 9-0 run featuring back-to-back 3-pointers by Moss and Lowe, and a layup with a free throw by Sutton to make it 69-54. The Dragons of Pickens grabbed some much-needed momentum heading into next week with a 70-60 win.
Leading the way for the Dragons were:
Noah Sutton: 20 points
Tucker Lowe: 17 points
Owen Moss: 17 points
Luke Rogers: five points
Will Roland: three points
Zac Tetterton: three points
Hays Pickett: two points
Aidan Sanchez: two points
The next 10 days are important for the Dragons as they take on three-straight region opponents to end the regular season. Pickens starts things off against Gilmer on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Jasper to close out their home regular-season schedule. The Dragons end the regular season by visiting Northwest Whitfield at 8:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24, and then traveling to Dalton to take on Southeast Whitfield Co. at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 28.
Noah Sutton is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Dragons!
Sutton, a junior post player, had strong performances in all four Pickens (9-1, 2-1 Region 6-AAAA) games last week.
Early in the week, Sutton scored eight points in an 84-32 victory against Morris Innovative on Monday, Dec. 9, in Jasper.
He scored another eight points the next day in a 66-51 victory against Gordon Lee, also in Jasper.
Sutton turned up the offensive output in the team’s final two games of the week.
At Lafayette on Friday, Dec. 13, Sutton scored 15 points as the Dragons suffered their first loss of the season, 68-46.
On Saturday, Dec. 14, Sutton had a team-high 19 points as Pickens got back on the winning track by taking down Gordon Central 81-64.
For his efforts, Sutton is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Dragons!