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.
Both Alcovy basketball teams capped a perfect week in region play with home wins over Woodland, Henry Friday. The girls struggled a bit offensively but managed to come away with a 55-50 win before the boys escaped with a 54-48 win.
Alcovy's girls basketball team pounded Griffin 69-28 in Region 3A-AAAA play Friday to move to 7-0 in region play. But the night belonged to Kate Palo.
Two of Alcovy baseball's brightest stars signed letters of intent to play in college Tuesday. Slugger Bowen Braswell will play at Georgia Perimeter College while hard-throwing right-hander Darius Hill will play at Gordon College in Barnesville.
Newton's dominance over its fellow county rivals is over - at least this year and at least against Alcovy.
f you like good basketball, you won't want to miss tomorrow's rematch between county rivals Alcovy and Newton. The Tigers snatched a two-point win in a classic triple overtime thriller at Newton in December and have won two straight against their county foe.
For the first time, the Rockdale and Covington News have transcended county lines to bring the inaugural Rockdale-Newton All-Area Football Team. It represents the top performers from the six schools throughout the two counties for the 2011 football season. As always, it's never easy choosing who deserves to make such a list. Nevertheless, each player named earned their spot.
Devon Edwards had a banner year for Alcovy football in 2011. After sitting out nearly the entire 2010 season with a broken collarbone, Edwards came back with a vengeance to lead the Tigers to a regular-season divisional title and state playoff berth. As a result, coaches throughout Region 3-AAAA agreed he was one of the league's best players and voted him Offensive Co-Player of the Year. Northgate's Alex Lakes shared the honor.
Alcovy opened region play with a decisive win over Griffin Tuesday that left little doubt the Tigers mean business this season.
Four games into the new season and Alcovy's girls are up to their old tricks. They dominated Griffin in the region opener Tuesday to the tune of a 63-34 and showed no signs of releasing the stranglehold over the region they had in 2010.
Alcovy and Newton put on perhaps the most thrilling show two basketball teams could Saturday. After three overtimes and close to three hours of dueling back and forth, it was the Tigers who emerged with a 79-77 win.
Alcovy's girls turned a tight game into a 55-40 win over Newton Saturday thanks to a 21-6 run to end the game.
Rarely is a basketball game between county rivals Alcovy and Newton ever dull. Quite the contrary. Most of the time they come down to the fourth quarter. When the two get together tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. at Newton, you can expect another tight battle.
The three county high schools will be in new regions yet again when fall athletics start in 2012. The Georgia High School Association approved the plan to divide its 440 member schools into six classifications - up from five, with the change set to take place next year.
There's a certain sense of excitement surrounding Alcovy's girls' basketball program these days. Winning 25 games and going undefeated in subregion play as they did last year will to do that. But the excitement is only compounded by the fact that the Lady Tigers are poised to be even better this year.
Alcovy's boys' basketball had an up and down 2010-11 season that ultimately came to a disappointing end in the first round of the Class AAAA playoffs.