Pickens Academy Boys Finish Third in Nucor Tournament

Seth Peeks competes in the Nucor three-point competition. Peeks won by draining 11 three-pointers

BY BRIAN HAMILTON, Sports Correspondent

Pickens Academy (1-1) kicked off its 2018-19 basketball season by finishing in third-place at the Nucor Thanksgiving tournament at Stillman College a couple weeks ago. The Pirates lost Banks Academy 68-54 in the opener, but came back the next night and defeated North River Christian 55-46.

Pickens Academy head coach Jeremy Pate said he was excited for his team to pick up its first win of the year, but said the team still has a long way to go.

PCHS Shuts out Spring Garden to Advance to Semifinals

Jaccaurian Washington (5) leaps to defend the pass amidst heavy rains.

BY BRIAN HAMILTON, Sports Correspondent

Pickens County players fought through wet and muddy conditions once again Friday night, but the Tornadoes prevailed 13-0 to advance to the Class 1A semifinals for a third consecutive year. Pickens County moved to Class 2A in the 2014 and 15 seasons, before dropping back down to Class 1A. The Tornadoes have advanced to the state championship game their last three years in Class 1A and will attempt to make it 4-of-4 when they travel to Mars Hill Friday.

Aliceville Defeats Addison 38-22 to Advance to Semifinals

Jaccaurian Washington (5) leaps to defend the pass amidst heavy rains.

BY BRIAN HAMILTON, Sports Correspondent

On a rainy night in Winston County, Aliceville went into the Bulldogs home and came away with a 38-22 win to propel the Yellow Jackets into the Class 2A semifinals this Friday. It is the second time in three years that Aliceville has advanced to the semifinal round of the playoffs.

Gordo Falls at Providence Christian 23-20

BY BRIAN HAMILTON, Sports Correspondent

Gordo saw its season come to an end Friday night, as the Greenwave went on their second long road trip in as many weeks to face Providence Christian in Dothan. The two teams faced off in the first round of the 2017 playoffs and Gordo came away with a 34-7 win. Unfortunately, the Greenwave did not have the same result this year, losing 23-20.

PA Girls Rebuild After Graduating Key Starters

BY BRIAN HAMILTON, Sports Correspondent

Pickens Academy head coach Wade Goodman is faced with the task of replacing the majority of his team’s scoring in Olivia Lewis and Allison Latham. Lewis and Latham were stalwarts on a team that won a state championship in 2017 and advanced to the Final Four in 2018.

The two-time state champion head coach has only seven girls on his varsity roster and with no senior-laden talent at his disposal, Goodman says he is looking for some of his underclassmen girls to step into leadership roles early on.

Third Time’s a Charm for Greenwave

Gordo’s Troy Garner ran for 83 yards on 24 carries, while hauling in three catches for 75 yards and a touchdown against Mobile Christian.

Gordo (10-2) will face another long road trip this weekend, as the Greenwave will travel to Providence Christian (11-1). The two teams faced off last season in the first round of the playoffs, as Gordo defeated the Eagles 34-7 before losing to Mobile Christian. This will be only the second-ever meeting between the two schools.

Tornadoes Jump Out to 51-0 Halftime Lead in Win Over Cherokee High

Pickens County cheerleaders celebrate the Tornadoes’ first round playoff win over Cherokee Friday night.

Pickens County (7-4) will travel to Falkville Friday night to face the undefeated 11-0 Blue Devils. Thee two teams last faced one another in the second round of the 2012 playoffs and the Tornadoes won 63-0. Thee Blue Devils are coming from a 35-6 win over Talladega County Central.

Gordo Defeats PCHS Behind Four Interceptions

Gordo’s Deandrius Martin (3) races toward the end zone as he tries to break a Tadarien McIntosh (11) tackle.

BY BRIAN HAMILTON, Sports Correspondent

Thursday night’s ‘Eight Mile War’ was one of the better recently, as Pickens County would not go away this year. The 20-13 Gordo win is the closest Pickens County has come to winning since the Tornadoes won 33-22 en route to a state championship.

Gordo Wraps Up Second Place in Region with Win Over Lamar County

Gordo cheerleaders root their Greenwave on during a 14-0 win over Lamar County.

Gordo (7-2) will travel exactly eight miles to Reform to face Pickens County (6-3) in their annual rivalry game dubbed ‘The 8-Mile War’ on Friday night, Nov. 2. The Greenwave has not lost to the Tornadoes since 2013 and Gordo won last year’s matchup by a score of 44-12.

PCHS Gets Homecoming Win Against Hubbertville

PCHS Homecoming Queen Jasmine Beard and PCHS Homecoming King Jacaurian Washington.

Before the playoffs get underway, there is still one more regular season contest remaining. Pickens County will play host to rival Gordo Greenwave (7-2) in the regular season finale on November 1. Kickoff for the Tornadoes and Greenwave is set for 7 p.m. Thursday night in Reform.

Tornadoes Rip Through Berry in a 51-7 Win

With the victory, the Tornadoes improve their record to 5-3 overall and 5-1 in region play.  Up next on the schedule for Pickens County is a homecoming matchup against the Hubbertville Lions (6-2).  The winner of this contest will clinch the runner-up spot in 1A, Region 6 and a home game to open the 1A playoffs.   Kickoff is scheduled for 7pm Friday night, Oct. 26, in Reform.

Yellow Jackets Knock Cold Springs Out Cold

Zavien Wilkins (5) ran for 214 yards and three touchdowns on five carries against Cold Springs.

By Brian HamiltonSports Correspondent

Cold Springs entered the Region 5 matchup with Aliceville at 4-0 with wins over Meek, Berry, Southeastern, and Sumiton Christian, but their stiffest test thus far would come at Aliceville Friday night. The Yellow Jackets scored early and scored often as they handed the Eagles their first loss of the season.

“We have to still polish up things, but the good news is that we’re going in the right direction,” Aliceville head coach Melvin Pete said.

Pickens Anglers Begin New Season with Winning Catches

The Pickens County Anglers High School Fishing Team kicked off the 2018-2019 season at Longs Landing on Sept. 15. Anglers compete in teams for scholarships awarded at the end of the season.

By Tim Browning, Guest Correspondent

The Pickens Anglers High School Fishing Team began the 2018-2019 Season on Saturday, Sept. 15 at Longs Landing (S.W. Taylor) in Sumter County.  Anglers began the morning with a pre-tournament meeting just prior to blast off.

Blast off was at safe light or approximately 6:15 a.m. and students fished until 1 p.m. at the time of weigh in.  Silas Crimm and Luke Patrick held the winning bag of fish with five fish and a total weight of 17 pounds.