Dawson County High School basketball Coach Chad Pittman isn’t looking to pad his resume by taking any easy routes for the upcoming season and is counting on his five senior players to lead the program.
“I am to the point in my career where I am not going to play the easiest group to pad my resume,” Pittman said about this year’s schedule. “That’s not interesting at all to me.”
He credits the late season success of last year’s team to pushing the team with quality competition.
“At the end of the year we won five or six in a row to finish out the regular season. That was big for us to help us finish third,” he said. “We have got the same type of schedule. We still have Blessed Trinity on the schedule. We still have Marist on the schedule.”
The team won six in a row, including a first round win over Union County in the region tournament, before a loss in the semifinals to East Hall.
A tough draw in the first round of state against a stacked Pace Academy sent the team home early.
The higher level of competition and a solid group of returning players who are seniors this year will be the heart of the team.
“This is fairly easy, you know what I mean,” he said about the returning group.
He will be counting on Jeremiah Crumley, Ryan Gallenkamp, Wyatt Haase, Kane Pelfrey and Cullen Reed. Four of the five are returning starters.
“I am excited about the group. Everybody worked hard. We had a good summer,” he said. “I took those five seniors with me to our last camp at the Presbytherian academy to cap off the summer. I had a junior, two sophomores and two freshmen. It was good.”
Just over two weeks ago, off season work outs began and the week before last, the program started a fall league that will run late into October, just before the first official day of practice is allowed by the Georgia High School Association.
In the fall league, Pittman has turned to his seniors, looking for a leader, by allowing them to coach themselves.
“Five seniors, but those kids are all the nice guys,” he said. “I am trying to develop a leader or two to kind of get on somebody’s can when they aren’t doing right. I think only so much can come from me, but your teammate, if they are leading by example, they have the right to get on your butt.”
Once official practices begin on Oct. 30, there is a quick turnaround. Dawson will scrimmage Mt. Vernon Presbyterian on Nov. 13 and the season begins three days later with Jefferson High School on Nov. 16.
“Our our off season work is important. Our fall league is important. You have really got less than three weeks of practice to be ready to go,” he said.
The team will also host a Thanksgiving tournament, the Tiger Tipoff Classic, the week of Thanksgiving. Dunwoody High School, Collins Hill and South Forsyth are all scheduled to participate.
The boys and girls teams will also travel to Cherokee over the Christmas break for another tournament.
“Hopefully that will get us ready for the second half of the season, exciting stuff,” he said.
Dawson County High School Varsity Basketball Schedule 2017-2018
Nov. 13 Mt. Vernon Presbyterian (scrimmage) at DCHS 6:30
Nov. 16 Jefferson at DCHS 7:30
Nov. 20-21 Tiger Tipoff Classic DCHS ---- TBD
Dec. 1 West Hall at DCHS 7:30
Dec. 2 @ White Co. 5:30
Dec. 5 @ Blessed Trinity 7:30
Dec. 8 GAC** at DCHS 8:30
Dec. 12 @ Lumpkin** 7:30
Dec. 15 Fannin** at DCHS 8:30
Dec. 16 @ Forsyth Central 5:30
Dec. 19 @ West Hall 7:30
Dec. 27-29 Holiday on the Hardwood (Cherokee, NC) CCHS ---- TBD
Jan. 3 North Hall** at DCHS 7:30
Jan. 5 @ East Hall** 8:30
Jan. 6 Forsyth Central at DCHS 5:30
Jan. 9 Union** at DCHS 7:30
Jan 12 @ Marist 7:30
Jan. 16 @ GAC** 7:30
Jan. 19 Lumpkin** at DCHS 8:30
Jan. 23 @ Fannin** 7:30
Jan. 26 @ North Hall** 8:30
Jan. 30 East Hall** at DCHS 7:30
Feb. 2 @ Union Co.** 8:30
Feb. 6,7 Region Tournament 2-seed ---- TBD
Feb. 9,10 Region Tournament Semis a & Finals Dawson Co. ---- TBD
All games are evening games.