Newly signed Oakland Raider Gary Wilkins is attempting to make the team as NFL rookie mini-camps begin around the nation. Wilkins, went from Furman to the Raiders after being signed as an undrafted free agent, but his story started in Covington when Wilkins played for Alcovy under head football coach Kirk Hoffman. The Covington News spoke with Hoffman and asked about Wilkins as a player and a person in this exclusive Q&A.
Ayanna Wimbush sat down in front of the Alcovy mascot on Friday afternoon to sign her letter of intent to play basketball at Truett-McConnell College with her family next to her and her friends watching she put the pen to the paper and solidified her collegiate career in basketball.
One of Alcovy's best offensive weapons from last year is moving on to college. Tiger running back Kenyon Kelley will be playing football at Methodist College after signing his letter of intent on Tuesday afternoon.
Sydney Ziglar, Baylea Payne, Ryleigh Langford and Daphne Ramirez make up the four freshmen that helped propel Alcovy's girls soccer team to a No. 2 seed and a trip to the playoffs.
Camani Smith (Alcovy), Austin Kerbow (Eastside) and Joshua Howard (Newton) are the athletes of the week.
With most of the teams/schools off this week with Spring Break, here's a look at which teams have been the best with just a couple of weeks left in the season. The baseball playoffs are coming, but there are still some important region battles to take place some big games left to determine final playoff seeding. This is a ranking of how good the teams are so far based primarily on region play, competitiveness, non-region play and head-to-head matchups.
Similarly in terms of wins and losses, but different in terms of play, the Rockdale/Alcovy soccer boys/girls matches ended like they did last time – with Rockdale's boys winning and Alcovy's girls winning.
As the Lady Tigers continued to prove their dominance on the pitch, the boys solidified themselves as a team to be reckoned with in Region 2-AAAAAA when both teams finished their respective sweeps of Newton on Friday. Here are five notes from the game on Friday.
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Eastside also played a top-ranked boys' basketball team this weekend, in No. 5 Drew on Saturday.
Only two games into the season, and the Alcovy boys' soccer team is on the cusp of exceeding last year's win total.
Both Alcovy basketball teams wrapped up regular-season play Saturday with a pair of road wins. The girls topped Union Grove 41-23 in the first game of the day while the boys cruised to a 64-43 win over the Wolverines.
It's been a great year for basketball so far this year in Newton County. All six high school teams are in prime positions to make runs at a region championship and make the state playoffs. If it happens, it'll be the first time the three schools sent both boys' and girls' teams to their respective state tournaments.
Alcovy pulled off perhaps its biggest win of the season Saturday when the Tigers came away with a 59-53 victory over Chamblee.
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.