The Eastside boys and girls basketball teams have gotten off to slow starts this season. After both teams made waves last year, they were depleted by the departure of key senior players who moved on to college. The Eagles (3-6, 2-3 Region 4-AAAA) and the Lady Eagles (2-7, 2-3 Region 4-AAAA) both got wins over Pike County on Friday night to move them in the right direction at the quarter mark of the season.
Normally when a coach starts three or more freshman its by default and that team is probably in for a long season filled with a lot of mistakes. Newton's girls basketball team starts three freshmen, but is off to an 8-2 start this season and they'll only get better with time.
The athletes of the week for the week of December 15, 2014 are Marquise Sims (Eastside), Darnell Jeffries (Alcovy) and D.J. Hill (Newton).
Here are your basketball scores for Eastside and Alcovy for December 19.
The athletes of the week for the week of December 8, 2014 are Alexcia Chatman (Newton) and Tierra Hodges (Alcovy). Check covnews.com for Eastside's athlete of the week after Monday. See caption below.
Newton faced its toughest competition of the season on Friday since beating Butler in an exhibition match before the regular season and it showed as Newton got blowed out 67-42 against Tucker.
Newton had put up a good fight. They were in it with Tucker the entire game, but the defending state champion Lady Tigers had taken a six point lead with just a couple of minutes remaining in the contest. To lose by a few points to a team that won a state championship last year would be an honorable moral victory. But the Lady Rams didn't want a moral victory. They wanted to make a statement.
Blake Hammock of Jonesboro, Georgia was a local legend around town. Hammock, former standout running back for Piedmont Academy, was a great player. He helped lift Piedmont to its first state championship in 2010 and accounted for over 50 touchdowns before graduating in 2011 and continuing his education at Valdosta State University.
Each basketball team from around the county played tonight. Here are the scores for the games from tonight.
More than just bragging rights are on the line for Friday night's Newton/Tucker matchup. Tucker, which was added to Region 2-AAAAAA this year, is pretty much a powerhouse in every high school sport and that doesn't change in basketball.
Facing a rival for the third straight game, Newton dominated once again, with the girls winning 54-52 and the boys winning 70-51.
The athletes of the week for the week of December 1, 2014 are Darion "D.J." Hill (Newton), Janelle Cook (Eastside) and Autumn Evans & Madison Beazley.
The rivalry that exists between Eastside and Newton has been well documented. For any contest or sporting event that the two compete in, the ultimate goal is to beat the other one, the school across the county.
Madison Beazley and Autumn Evans signed full scholarships to play softball and attend Andrew College on Friday. The two had an enormous amount of support, as they continue their journey to college.
Salem's girls survived against a strong push from a promising Newton team with a bright future, but Newton's boys dealt the Seminoles their second loss of the season.
Eastside softball suffered a 7-0 loss to Locust Grove on Monday ending its run in the region tournament and the Lady Eagles' season.
Now it counts for real.
Two undefeated teams collided Thursday night at Turner Lake Division 1. The 3-0 Canes took on the 4-0 Seminoles and the Canes came out victorious, winning 22-0 over the 'Noles. Lo Palmer, Jeremiah Brennan, Jordan Nolley (QB) and Marion Eubanks all scored for the Canes. See photos.
Aubree Thacker has been selected as the Alcovy Athlete of the Week for the week of Sept. 22. Thacker's bat was on throughout the entire week. Thacker had five hits and scored two runs against Rockdale and Newton this past week.
Arthur Holmes has been selected as the Eastside Elite Auto Collision Athlete of the Week for the week of Sept. 22. Holmes helped lift the Eagles to a 49-21 win a previously undefeated Eagles' Landing team. In the game Holmes recorded two interceptions, both returned for touchdowns.
ESPN is at it again. The behemoth of sports journalism (lol) entertainment has suspended its highly talented, yet highly controversial analyst Bill Simmons for three weeks for calling NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a liar.
You could hear a calm bellow of "Amen" from the Salem Seminoles gathered in the middle of their field after a goal-line stand against Winder-Barrow that gave them a 31-24 win on Friday night. The team was praying after a short celebration of the win, Salem coach John Starr gathered his team to talk them about the game and after that they all prayed together.
In what was likely a preview of the region championship, Alcovy (15-3-1, 8-0 Region 2-AAAAAA) traveled to Newton (9-14, 5-2 Region 2-AAAAAA) in a battle for sole posession of first place in the region. For the second time this season, Alcovy capitalized off Newton's mistakes to take a big lead and never look back, defeating them 7-0.
Eastside quarterback Austin Holloway dropped back and delivered a pass to avoid taking what would've been a sack in practice on Wednesday. The Eagles' defense quickly took down the receiver, something they've struggled with as of late, and head coach Rick Hurst praised his defense, but he also coached up players to what they needed to do right.
Nobody wants to be 0-4, but Alcovy head coach Kirk Hoffman knows he has to be patient because this is a marathon not a sprint.
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The Covington News has chosen Ciara Bryan as Newton High School's athlete of the week. Bryan plays shortstop for the Lady Rams. For the week of September 15, the Lady Rams went 2-0 in the region and Bryan helped by accumulating seven hits and two home runs.
In softball and baseball in the box score 'K' stands for strikeout, in the Alcovy vs. Rockdale game it stood for Kalia Johnson. Standing strong at 13-2, and an undefeated 7-0 in region play, the Alcovy softball team showed no mercy against Rockdale (4-11, 1-5 Region 2-AAAAAA) run-ruling them 9-0 after five innings as Johnson threw seven K's.
Midway through the season, Eastside football sits at a comfortable 2-2. One fumble in overtime might have propelled them to 3-1, but that's something we'll never know. What we do know is, the Eagles have five games left, all against region opponents with a combined record of 12-7.
You've probably seen the show 'American Ninja Warrior' where participants compete in some of the toughest obstacle courses you'll ever see. Hoan Do was one of those contestants, he moonlights in crossfit but he's really an inspirational speaker.