Carlos Huggins and Emma Waddell have been named Eastside's and Alcovy's athletes of the week respectively. Newton played on Saturday (past deadline) and the Rams' Athlete of the Week will be named at CovNews.com on Monday.
Over the last three years, Alcovy softball has accumulated 63 wins – which include back-to-back-to-back trips to the playoffs – and become a staple in region 2-AAAAAA establishing a model of consistency for the program.
As he walked into Jim Stalvey's on a Friday afternoon, you could see a look of ease on Kirk Hoffman's face. His team, Alcovy – still seeking its first win of the season – is on a bye week and Hoffman doesn't have to play a game that Friday night.
On a cold Wednesday evening Florida State commit Abby Evans, blanked the Lady Tigers twice lifting Hilgrove to 1-0 and 6-0 wins respectively, ending Alcovy's playoff run in the second round.
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.
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.
The Alcovy football team has been looking to get its offense on track all season, and with just four games left the Tigers scored their highest point total of the year netting 30 against Morrow last Friday. Now with the regular season reaching its closing point, Alcovy is finding an offensive rhythm.
The Alcovy girls' basketball team reached new heights in the 2011-12 season, reaching the Class AAAA final four and winning 25 games.
The Alcovy Tigers defeated the visiting Mustangs of Morrow high, 30-13 at Homer Sharp Stadium Thursday night.
Alcovy's impressive Region 2-AAAAAA championship season came to an end Thursday as Hillgrove won the decisive game of the best-of-three second-round matchup 5-0.
Alcovy will have to wait one more day to find out if its softball team can advance to next week's state finals in Columbus.
Alcovy moved on to the second round of the state softball playoffs for the first time in school history Wednesday, and did so in dominating fashion.
The Alcovy softball team achieved one of its goals Friday night, winning the Region 2-AAAAAA championship.
Alcovy softball was crowned Region 2-AAAAAA champions Friday night after defeating Rockdale 4-0.
The Alcovy football team tied its highest point total of the season last week, putting up 24 points for just the second time this season, both in wins.
Finishing the regular season ranked fifth in the state makes for a pretty good season.
Alcovy put it all together in overtime, picking up a dramatic 24-21 victory over Luella in Sharp Stadium Friday night.