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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Jeff Nelson, new head coach for the Pickens Dragons, is ready for the upcoming season and to continue the momentum from an 11-1 record last season.
“Everybody expects you to be good. You gotta play and you gotta practice with that intensity and that pride of where you were,” said Nelson. “We gotta play with that kind of intensity that is going to get us back to that region championship again.”
Intensity is an important aspect to the game for Coach Nelson.
“I’m very intense, and I want that to spill over to the staff and then onto the kids…something that I’ve prided myself on as a defensive coach is getting all the kids moving towards the football, everyone wanting to be in on the play,” said Nelson.
The Dragons have an exciting season ahead of them, and you can watch the full interview with Coach Nelson below!
It was a beautiful day for softball as the Dragonettes of Pickens High School opened up their 2018 season by hosting the Lady Indians of Lumpkin Co. on Monday. The afternoon started right after school as the Junior Varsity took the field in game one on the day. The Lumpkin JV took a 5-0 win over the home team. The scoreboard did not reflect the hustle and determination the Dragonettes JV displayed in that game.
The main event for the day brought the Varsity Dragonettes to the field hosting the Lady Indians. Lumpkin Co. scored early and often putting up 1 in the first, 5 in the third and 2 each in the fourth and fifth innings. The defense for Pickens had a few opening day jitters committing 5 errors in the game. The Lady Indians put 10 runs on the board with 5 of them being unearned. Robinson, the pitcher for Lumpkin allowed no runs on 2 hits with her teammates behind her having zero errors in the 6 inning game.
Sarah Morris in the circle for Pickens, was charged with 5 earned runs on 7 hits in the loss. In relief, Charley Hulsey game in in the 5th inning giving up a hit and striking out 1. Ellie Abner and Chloe McPhersone both had a single to comprise the 2 hits for the Dragonettes on the day. Next up for Pickens will be an away game at Union on Tuesday starting at 5:30pm.
Monday May 21st was an exciting day for outgoing senior Lizzie Haughwout and her teammates of Pickens High School Soccer. Haughwout put the pen to paper and signed her National Letter of Intent to lace up her cleats and play soccer for Coach Alizira Sisman and the Fillies of ABAC(Abraham Balwin Agricultural College).
Haughwout has played soccer from a young age starting in youth leagues, through middle school and the last four years as a Dragon. She plays probably the toughest position on the field. The Goalkeeper doesn’t like to do a lot but when they do it is physical and their focus has to be spot on.. Lizzie is coming off an injury to her labrum in her right shoulder but is expected to fully recover and get back in the keepers box soon. Haughwout will be an excellent fit for the Fillies both on and off the field. She will major in Pre-Veterinarian studies and plans to get her degree and become a fully licensed Vet after ABAC.
Best of luck to Lizzie Haughwout at ABAC and in her future beyond college.
FYN learned this morning the head coach of Pickens County Dragons, Coach Chris Parker, has made a decision to step down. He has plans to remain as the District Athletic Director as indicated in his release below. Coach Parker had a winning season this year which made history for the Pickens County Dragons. TeamFYNSports will interview Coach Parker soon to discuss the future goals for the program. TeamFYNSports and the entire FYN staff wish Coach much success in his continuing role with these young athletes and the Pickens School system.
Host #BKP sits down with PCHS head coach Chris Parker and his seniors to talk AAAA Region 6 football, graduation and life after Friday night.
BKP sits down with Coach Parker and RJ Casey to talk Dragon Football.
Coach Parker sits down with BKP and RJ to discuss last week’s game and the upcoming game against Ridgeland.
Coach Chris Parker breaks down the Pepperell game and looks ahead to the North Hall game.
Tyler Garner is a 6’4″ 235lb third and first baseman for the Pickens Dragons and with Game On Baseball (Travel Team) out of Columbus, GA. Tyler has been playing baseball since he was four years old. He started playing travel ball at the age of nine with Coach Fitzgerald. He is in his final year at Pickens and has signed with the University of West Georgia. Garner had a great 2014 season with a .359 batting avg. with 78 at-bats. He finished the 2014 season with 11 runs and two home runs on 28 hits with a .538 slugging, .390 on-base and a .966 fielding percentages. He is the son of John and Debbie Garner. Garners’ first year travel ball coach Bradley Fitzgerald, Asst. Principal Harold Culbreth and Coach Chris Parker was also in attendance.
The University of West Georgia was a no-brainer for Tyler. He said it was close to home, but not to close and he loved both the atmosphere of the campus and his new coaches. Tyler will be playing third base and is hoping to get some pitching in while at school. I asked Tyler about his four years at Pickens and how it made him a better player. He said “My sophomore year i was playing on varsity and their were several players better than me and it sparked me to try harder and work harder.”
Tyler will be attending the University of West Georgia next fall where he will be majoring in Sports Management. He hopes to be playing at the next level after school, but either way, he will coach baseball one day.
Fetchyournews and TeamFYNSports would like to congratulate Tyler and his family on this tremendous achievement. We look forward to hearing about all the great things your sure to do.