Pickens County downs Meek to advance to regional semifinal

Pickens County’s Jawan Petty (10) and Meek’s Caleb Aaron (3) battle for the opening tip in the Tornadoes’ 85-60 subregional win over the Tigers.


Pickens County was able to withstand a scoring barrage by Meek due Payton Key and Caleb Aaron last Tuesday night to win 85-60 in the subregional playoff and advance to the northwest regional semifinals in Hanceville. Key finished the game with 35 points, while Aaron added 18, as the two career 1,000-point accounted for 53 of Meek’s 60 points. The Tornadoes would use a stingy full-court press, however, to pull away and win comfortably.

Pickens County falls to Covenant Christian in Sweet 16

Pickens County players look on during the waning seconds of their 48-37 regional semifinal loss.


The Tornadoes fell behind early Thursday night at Wallace State, as Titus Griffin got hot from beyond the arc to give Covenant Christian an early 11-3 lead. The Eagles would go on to shoot 42-percent for the game and derail Pickens County’s season with a 48-37 win.

Tornadoes defeat South Lamar to win area championship

Pickens County defeated South Lamar 82-68 to win the Class 1A Area 10 title Thursday night. It was the Tornadoes’ first area tournament championship since 2013.


Pickens County lost the opportunity to host the area tournament after dropping two close games to South Lamar during the regular season. The third time appeared to be the charm, however, as the Tornadoes defeated the Stallions 82-68 for the Class 1A Area 10 championship.

Lady Tornadoes Pick Up First Win of Season

Head coach Summer King speaks to her team during a timeout.

By Brian HamiltonSports Correspondent

The Pickens County girls basketball team entered Thursday’s contest with Hubbertville with an 0-12 record and behind 31 points by Lacey Latham, they picked up a 58-43 area win over the Lady Lions.

The Lady Tornadoes have no seniors on the current roster and head coach Summer King said it was very important for her team to get a taste of winning.

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.

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.