Tyra Holingsworth and Ciara Bryan (again) have been selected as the athletes of the week for their respective schools Alcovy and Newton. These two players stood out amongst their peers. Eastside played away on Friday and the Eagles' Athlete of the Week will be named at CovNews.com on Monday.
Wednesday, Alcovy will play its second round playoff game against Hillgrove. The Tigers have the perfect blend of experience and skill, highlighted by their strong senior class, juniors Kalia Johnson and Raven Smith, plus freshman catcher Emma Waddell.
Advancing to the second round was on the line and in two pitcher's duels it came down to the seventh inning each time, and each time Tyra Hollingsworth came up clutch.
On a chilly afternoon on Saturday – one that was perfect for football but just okay for softball – Alcovy showed its dominance and ran through Newton 16-1 in just three innings to capture the 2014 2-AAAAAA Region Championship.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Off to an 0-2 start, Alcovy (Region 2-AAAAAA) and its coaches are keeping it simple with the team, as they look to get better just two weeks before region play begins.
Alcovy pitcher Kalia Johnson is the Covington News' Alcovy athlete of the week for the week of Sept. 1. Johnson was a huge factor in the Tigers' 17-0 blowout win over Tucker. Johnson could've picked up another win last week if the Tigers had played just one more inning against Eastside. The game got cancelled due to bad weather with the Tigers leading by a few runs.
In high school softball when you're dealing with young players who are still learning, there will be some mistakes. Most games come down to the team that makes the fewest mistakes and on Tuesday that was Alcovy, as they eased to a 9-1 win over a young Newton team.
It was all déjà vu for the Alcovy Tigers (0-2) on Friday night as they took on the Baldwin Braves from Milledgeville, Georgia. In back-to-back weeks, they gave up 30 points on defense, but this time they weren't able to get on the scoreboard, as the Braves torched Alcovy 30-0.
For the second-straight week at home, Alcovy allowed 30 points, but this time the team wasn't able to find the endzone.
They waited ... and waited ... and waited. But the lightning never stopped, and when the rain began to pour Wednesday evening, Alcovy and Eastside's matchup was called off.
With its loss to Eastside, Alcovy didn't get the start to its season that it wanted, and playing against Baldwin will be even tougher.
The Alcovy girls' basketball team entered 2013 with a bang Friday, defeating visiting Lovejoy 58-19.
Alcovy wrestling welcomed Newton and Eastside to its gym Tuesday by winning the Newton Cup.
Newton County's basketball teams had a successful Tuesday as four out of six teams earned victories, including the Alcovy boys, who won their first game of the young season, while the Eastside boys remained undefeated.
Alcovy took on two rivals this weekend and defeated both.
The rematch of the 2012 semifinal game between Alcovy and Miller Grove didn't go exactly how the Lady Tigers wanted Saturday.
It may be just the third game on the schedule, but for Alcovy's girls basketball team, revenge is on the docket.
In the eighth grade, Ashley Williams understood situations and making moves that Alcovy coach Kidada Holtzclaw was trying to get her Lady Tigers to make during high school practices.
The Alcovy High School football team may have been a decisive underdog in its Class AAAAAA first round state matchup at Newnan, but one thing was clear, the Tigers were determined to leave it all on the Drake Stadium field in the 38-0 season ending loss.
In its seventh year of existence, Alcovy is headed to the state football playoffs for the third time today, looking for its ever playoff win.
Alcovy finished up the regular season Friday night, and thanks to earning a playoff berth Nov. 2 has one more game to recover.
Sometimes you don't need to finish first to be winners and Alcovy's competitive cheerleading team proved that Saturday.
Alcovy did its part last week, now it will look to matchup against Lovejoy and await Druid Hills and Rockdale to determine its fate.
Alcovy was the best team in Region 2-AAAAAA this season, claiming the region title, and it showed in post-season recognition Thursday.
Alcovy shut down Rockdale and opened up a postseason berth in a 17-8 win at Sharp Stadium Friday night.
Alcovy couldn't hold on to a 14-point lead against Druid Hills Friday night and now have to wait for a possible playoff berth.