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.
Coming off a stinging 17-14 overtime loss on the road last week to Jones County, the Alcovy Tigers football program looks to get on the right track this week against Perry.
The 2013 football season didn't open the way the Alcovy Tigers expected.
With the softball season already underway, the Alcovy Tigers hope the same fortunes that favored them a year ago will once again show themselves in 2013.
Casey Bates has been a key figure in Alcovy baseball. Now he's moving to be closer to his daughter, Mallory, who is a fourth-grader in Woodstock.
Before participating in last week's NCAA National Tournament, Jameel Abdul-Mateen changed his season by getting a little more confidence in his game.
The most successful coach in Alcovy High history is moving on.
Darrius Baker's collegiate career ended in the perfect place.
Alcovy's Jameel Abdul-Mateen will be chasing elite-athlete status at the NCAA Outdoor Championshops in Eugene, Ore., starting today.
With only three tries, Jameel Abdul-Mateen faulted his first two long jump attempts at the NCAA East Preliminary Round Thursday.
Alcovy High School celebrated the signing of two student athletes Wednesday, both former Tigers' basketball players, and one a future collegiate hoopster and another a future collegiate softball player.
VALDOSTA - Cory Pope gave the Lowndes Vikings everything they needed in game one of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Alcovy Tigers.
VALDOSTA - Cory Pope gave the Lowndes Vikings everything they needed in game one of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Alcovy Tigers. Then in game two, Lowndes' offense came alive and provided plenty of support as the Vikings swept Alcovy 2-0 and 8-1 in the second round of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs at Noel George Field.
Alcovy baseball coach Casey Bates knew pitching would be key to his team's success in the Class AAAAAA playoffs, and the Tigers validated that claim in a two-game sweep of visiting Westlake Friday.
Alcovy boys' soccer had a bittersweet ending to its 2013 season Wednesday.
The Alcovy girls soccer team lost a heartbreaker in the opening round of the state playoffs, falling 1-1 (3-2) in penalty kicks to Douglas County Tuesday night.