With the stepping down of Chris Parker as head coach back in December, Jeff Nelson is ready to get the 2019 spring practice season going.
Nelson got started in coaching later in life but has made his mark as coordinator where ever he goes. At Pickens, Nelson will experience his first Head Coaching job for a successful program coming off a 11-1 season. When asked if he would change anything Nelson said ” Every new coach comes in and changes something and leaves his mark on the program. We will make a few subtle changes. With a successful program, we won’t change much.
Losing a few very skilled and good athletes to graduation last season, Nelson is excited for the younger athletes currently on the team and those moving from middle school into high school to fill some shoes and make an impact this season. It is well known that the youth football program in Pickens is overseen by the County-wide Athletic Director in Chris Parker and is one of the best feeder programs in all of North Georgia.
The 2019 Dragons will be without long time Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Adam Wharton. After 11 season Wharton made the decision to move to another program located in Northern Georgia. Nelson said that as Head Coach he will as he as always been, remain very involved in the S&C program for the team. There is not a major focus on searching for a replacement at this time. Nelson said as time goes forward a decision to look inside the program or at an outside system will be made but right now, we are good.
Look foward to another great year of Dragon Football.
This week’s #TeamFYNSports Players of the Week are Kealy Hillhouse & Zach Goss. The Nettes & Dragons only had one game this week as they hosted Southeast Whitfield for Senior Night.
Kealy Hillhouse, has really stepped up her game as the season has gone by. She was a big part of the Nettes’ win over Christian Heritage the week before, & continued that play against the Lady Raiders finishing with 4 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal.
Zach Goss, led the Dragons in scoring in this, his final home game as a Senior. Goss, finished with 22 points, 2 assists, 8 rebounds, & 2 steals.
This Week’s #TeamFYNSports Players of the Week are Reagan Harwood & Tucker Lowe: The Nettes’ & Dragons each had three games this week as they went to Southeast Whitfield, hosted Christian Heritage, & traveled to Dawson.
Reagan Harwood, is an example of a younger player getting better as the season goes along. Harwood, comes off the bench for the Nettes’, but makes the most of the opportunities she’s given. Harwood, had 2 points, 5 rebounds, & a steal against Southeast Whitfield, 3 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, 1 steal, & 1 block against Christian Heritage. Harwood held her own against a good Dawson team as well.
Tucker Lowe, has grown more comfortable with varsity basketball in this, his sophomore season. Not only is Lowe a threat to knock down a three after he crosses half court, he’s gotten better defensively as the season has gone on & learning to use his quickness more to drive into the lane. Against Southeast Whitfield, Lowe had 9 points, 1 rebound, & 1 steal. Against Christian Heritage, he had 14 points, 1 assist, & 1 rebound. He finished with 3 points against a good Dawson squad.
This week’s #TeamFYNSports Players of the Week are Sarah Morris & Owen Moss. Both the Nettes and the Dragons had tough week’s this week going 0-2 against region competition.
Sarah Morris, had a good week despite the tough losses. Morris plays good defense & when rolling, can light up the scoreboard quickly. Against Gilmer, she had 4 points, & 1 rebound. Against Northwest Whitfield, she finished with 12 points & 2 rebounds.
Owen Moss is one half of the starting sophomore duo along with Tucker Lowe. Moss, is very quick with the ball. He uses that quickness to get into the lane & help on defense. Against Gilmer, Moss finished with 2 points, 2 assists, & 5 rebounds. Against the Bruins, Moss had 9 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal.
This week’s #TeamFYNSports Players of the Week are Torie Williams & Brady Moore. PHS, had an out of region game & a region game this week as they hosted Cedartown, & traveled to LaFayette:
Torie Williams, had a big hand in the Nettes’ going 2-0 for the week as she finished with 9 points, 7 assists, 2 rebounds, & a steal against Cedartown, & 17 points, 9 assists, 5 rebounds, 4 steals, & 1 block against LaFayette.
Brady Moore, did a lot of dirty work in these two games against Cedartown & LaFayette. Against the Bulldogs he had an assist, 3 rebounds, & a steal, & against the Ramblers he finished with 4 points & 2 rebounds.
This week’s #TeamFYNSports Players of the Week are two Seniors. Olivia Simmons & Zach Goss. This week started region play for both the Nettes & the Dragons as they both went 1-1 during the week.
Olivia Simmons, can do just about anything you ask of her on the court. She can get rebounds, she has great vision when it comes to her passes. She can also knock down a three if you need her to. The Nettes’ faced Heritage & Ridgeland this week. Against the Lady Generals, Simmons had 2 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal. Against the Lady Panthers, Simmons tallied up 8 points, 8 assists, 10 rebounds, & 1 steal
For Zach Goss, he lit up the score book against Heritage & Ridgeland. Goss led the team in scoring during the week. Against Heritage, Goss had 24 points, 4 assists, 5 rebounds, & 2 steals. Against Ridgeland, Goss finished with 27 points, 3 assists, 6 rebounds, 1 steal, & 2 blocks.
This week’s #TeamFYNSports basketball Players of the Week are Mykenzie Weaver & Seth Bishop. These two players had a good week to begin the 2018-19 season. Here is a look at their week.
Mykenzie Weaver, had a busy week. The Nettes, hosted 7A Forsyth Central, then they took part in the annual Thanksgiving Tournament in Ellijay. Weaver, had 16 points, & 4 rebounds against Forsyth Central, 27 points, 9 rebounds, & 5 steals against Fannin, 23 points, & 5 rebounds against Hiwassee Dam, & 10 points, & 5 rebounds against Gilmer. She was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Seth Bishop, had 18 points against Fannin, 22 points, 5 assists, 5 steals, & 10 rebounds against Hiwassee Dam, & 15 points, & 12 rebounds against Gilmer. Seth was also named to the All-Tournament Team.
This week’s #TeamFYNSports Sports Writer Players of the Week are Sarah Morris & Tucker Lowe. The Dragons & Dragonettes had a busy, & tough week this past week with three road games. Both teams went 1-2 in those road games as the Nettes were able to pick up a win against Christain Heritage, & the Dragons stunned Northwest Whitfield.
Sarah Morris, has become a valuable piece for the Nettes in this her Junior season. Morris, had a good week this week contributing in the three road games Pickens played in. Morris finished with 7 points, 2 rebounds, & a steal against Gilmer, & 4 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, & a steal against Christian Heritage.
Tucker Lowe, is the three point marksman for the Dragons. The Sophomore guard contributed to a lot of points for Pickens in their games this week, & also stepped things up on the defensive side as well. Lowe, had 12 points, 3 assists, & 1 steal against Gilmer, 21 points, 3 assists, & 3 rebounds against Northwest Whitfield, & 12 points, 1 assist, & 1 steal against Christian Heritage.
Both the Dragons & Dragonettes have one game this week & it’s set for now to be Tuesday against Southeast Whitfield for Senior Night. With the impending winter weather headed this way, keep an eye on any potential moving around of games this week.