In a scene echoing Super Bowl Super Bowl XLVII between San Francisco and Baltimore, a blackout took center stage Tuesday night during the fourth quarter of the Rockdale County Bulldogs and Alcovy Tigers' region tilt at Cleveland Stroud Gymnasium.
The Alcovy Lady Tigers traveled to Eastside Saturday night, defeating the Lady Eagles 62-53 in a comeback effort in non-region action.
After scoring a game-high 28 points against Morrow, Alcovy guard Cameron Banks has been named the Alcovy Athlete of the Week.
After leading the Lady Tigers in scoring in back-to-back games, Alcovy forward Tierra Hodges has been named the Alcovy Athlete of the Week.
Alcovy High School boys' basketball coach Jabari Levi is on a health-related leave of absence from the Tigers' program, and his future with the program is unclear.
Coach David Baker's Alcovy Lady Tigers almost learned the hard way that they have to play all four quarters as they withstood a furious fourth-quarter comeback by the Morrow Lady Mustangs before securing a harder-that-it-should-have-been 61-52 victory.
The Alcovy boys basketball team earned an "A" for effort, but in the end, the Morrow Mustangs had too much height and a deeper bench, knocking off the Tigers 97-65 in a Region 2-AAAAAA tilt Tuesday night.
Eight Alcovy and Newton High School softball players earned Region 2-AAAAAA all-region honors, the region announced last week, with the Tigers headlining the programs with three first-team selections.
The Alcovy Tigers boys varsity basketball team dropped its 11th consecutive game Tuesday night, falling 82-45 to Luella in Region 2-AAAAAA action on the road.
For her efforts on the basketball court this week, Alcovy senior Waneisha Morris has been named the Alcovy Athlete of the Week.
With a 19-point lead well into the fourth quarter Friday night, Rockdale sophomore Jalen Jordan let Bulldog fans know that he had arrived.
Alcovy point guard Waneisha Morris broke the 20-point mark Friday night in region action, but the senior's 26-point effort wasn't enough to overcome visiting Rockdale County, as the Lady Tigers fell 70-56 at home.
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.
It's been a busy year for Alcovy basketball star Kate Palo, and the season hasn't even started yet. She was named homecoming queen last month and Thursday she signed a letter of intent to attend Georgia College & State University on a basketball scholarship.
Momentum can be a wonderful thing in sports. When you have it, you feel invincible. Some teams can ride it all the way to a championship. The St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants – the last two World Series champions, come to mind. But momentum is fleeting. It can come from the smallest things and build at a furious pitch. It can also vanish in an instant.
Alcovy's worst fear came to fruition Friday in its Class AAAA playoff game against Tri Cities. With the score tied at 21, the Bulldogs reeled off four straight touchdowns and the Tigers were unable to counter. Tri Cities tacked on a safety late and cruised to a 51-28 win.
At first glance, 2010 was a wasted year for Alcovy football. What positive could possibly come out of a 1-9 season? Then 2011 came around and things turned around in a hurry. The reasons are many. But at the head of Alcovy's transformation are very much those struggles the Tigers went through - rather what came out of them.
Alcovy plays its eleventh game of the season for just the second time in school history when the Tigers face Tri Cities tonight at Sharp Stadium for the opening round of the Class AAAA playoffs.