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 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!
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 after guiding the team to the No. 3 seed in the state playoffs.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Last month the Pickens Board of Education approved the hiring of new boys basketball Coach Mike Duffie. Coach Duffie comes to the Dragons with 29 years as a head coach and a pedigree that speaks for itself. He is excited to be a Dragon and looks forward to hitting the hardwoods and getting the 2018-2019 season started.
Known as a “builder of programs”, Duffie has taken the opportunity at several High Schools to right the ship of some pretty dismal programs. With 33 years overall in coaching, he started his career at Model High School in Rome GA. as an assistant Varsity coach and head JV coach from 1985-1989. Duffie took his first head coaching job at Macon County High School in Montezuma, Ga in 1989 and his resume started to take shape. As the boys head coach he led the Bulldogs to Sub-Region Champions in ’90,’92, ’93 and in 1990 had a State Quarterfinal appearance. Duffie was named the 1-A Coach of the Year.
At the end of the 1993 season, Duffie took the reigns and ran as the Morristown East(TN) coach. Coming off a 2 win season, the task was tough for Coach Duffie but he jumped in head first to turn things around. The fruits of his labor started showing almost immediately in his second season. The next three seasons saw consecutive Region Tournament appearances and a school record 24-9 overall season. The Hurricanes had their 1st state ranking since 1979 coming in at 10th and several other first in the previous 18 years. Regular season Conference Champions, District Tournament Champions and Region Tournament Runners-up were all apart of these. Duffie was also the Head Coach for the Lady Hurricanes Softball program during his tenure at Morristown East High School.
Gordon Central realizing their need to kick-start a program that was barely existing brought Duffie to do as he does, build the program. Coming off a winless season, the Warriors were needing exactly what Duffie had to offer and he started in 1999. In 2002, 7-AAAA basketball new that Gordon Central was back as the Warriors made it to the GHSA State Tournament for the first time in school history and a 20-6(first in school history) record for the 2005 season. Coach Duffie also started the Lady Warriors softball program and had a 20 win season in four short years of a new program.
The most recent head coaching position for Duffie was Dalton High School and his resume continued to be impressive. Beginning in 2006 until his hiring at Pickens High School, Mike Duffie had the Catamounts of Dalton at the top of their game. In his 12 year stent at Dalton, he had multiple Region Runner-up finishes and a sweet 16 showing. In Coach Duffies’ last 6 years, he had five 19 win seasons and one 20 win season. Duffie also led the Lady Catamounts Golf team to a 2015 AAAAA Region Championship and the AAAAA State finals where they were runner-up. In 2016, the Lady Catamounts were Region 7-AAAAA Champions and went on to win the State Championship
Coach Duffie and everyone in the Dragon Nation looks forward to what the 2018-2019 season will hold as a new era begins. It is proven by past experiences that Coach Duffie is capable of bringing the Dragons basketball program to the forefront and fill the gym with fans.
The White County Warriors had an impressive 2017 football season. Coming off an abismal 1-9 season in 2016, the Warriors came out swinging and scored some big wins early in 2017; defeating Franklin (33-0), Lumpkin (66-14) and Habersham Central (24-21) before dropping a tough loss to Rabun County (49-26).
The Warriors came back the following week and knocked down North Hall (28-18), who’s only other loss to a AAAA power came in the final seconds against Pickens County (42-35) where the Trojans marched down the field and came up just short as time expired.
In 2018, the Warriors will once again have an exciting schedule to kick off the season, and there’s no doubt they’ll be looking to duplicate and even improve upon their 7-4, 2-2 season from last year.
With games at Lumpkin County and then home against Habersham Central, the Warriors kick the season off much like they did in 2017. However, put a big red circle around the Sept 7 game at Pickens County, where PHS head coach Chris Parker is likely reloading rather than rebuilding this season. The game pits two quality AAAA programs against each other in non-region play, with White representing Region 7-AAAA and Pickens representing Region 6-AAAA. Both teams were eliminated early in post-season play last year, but both teams proved to be fearsome opponents on the gridiron regardless of home/away.
After the Pickens game, the Warriors schedule doesn’t let up.
The Warriors enjoyed a 10-pt victory over North Hall last season, but the Trojans played much better football as the season continued, and was the #TeamFYNSports Most Improved Team in Region 7-AAA last season. The Warriors will look to defeat the Trojans (9/14), before taking the drive over to Marist for their first game in region play. Marist, as the whole world is aware, is the defending region champion in Region 6. What’s interesting about Marist is although they won their region, defeating rival Blessed Trinity 25-24 early in the season. Two months later, the two teams met again in the State Championship and Blessed Trinity defeated the War Eagles 16-7. Undoubtedly, Marist will look to return to the final in 2018, but they will have to go through White County first.
Perhaps the best part of the Warriors’ schedule this year is the break between facing Marist (9/21) and Blessed Trinity (11/2), although the Warriors will need to defeat Flowery Branch, West Hall, Denmark and Chestatee during the interim.
How will the 2018 season fare for the Warriors of White County? It’s too early to tell. Rest assured the team will be preparing accordingly and TeamFYNSports looks forward to reporting on the 2018 season from the sidelines this fall.