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.
With the Alcovy girls (9-3, 6-2 Region 2-AAAAAA) and boys (4-1-7, 4-4 Rergion 2-AAAAAA) soccer teams both coming off victories against Newton 9-3, 6-2 Region 2-AAAAAA on Wednesday, one more win would seal the deal for the regular season series and that's what they got as the Lady Tigers blanked Newton 5-0 and the boys came back to win 2-1.
Alcovy, Eastside and Newton's soccer teams all came together Wednesday evening at Sharp Stadium to honor the memory of Carlvon Betts, who passed away two weeks ago in a car accident. Between the boys and girls' games, Newton Athletic Director Tracey Curtis presented Carlvon's parents – Carlton and Tracy Betts – with a package that featured some of Betts's best photos and NHS principal, John Ellenberg, announced that the school would be retiring Betts's jersey.
It seems like baseball season just started, but yet most teams are already into the most important part of their schedule, region games. It is one thing to start off your region schedule, and it's another to start it against a border-county rival. Alcovy and Rockdale led off its Region 2-AAAAAA schedule with a three-game series against each other.
There's always that one moment or season where the parents of a high school athlete realize their child has the ability to use his or her athletic abilities to get a scholarship to attend college. John Richardson and Holly Johnson, the parents of Alcovy wrestler Austin Richardson, saw that moment come to fruition on Tuesday when Richardson signed his letter of intent to attend Truett McConnell.
The basketball regular season is long gone and most teams in the county have seen their respective season come to an end in the state playoffs. Looking back on this season, it was filled with great moments, rivalry wins, buzzer-beaters and upsets. Here are some of the photos that capture those moments.
After coming so close to winning the Region 2-AAAAAA championship, the No. 2 seed Newton Lady Rams hosted the Lady Packers of Colquitt in the first round of the state tournament on Wednesday evening. Newton definitely did not come out with the same energy they had in the region championship, but they did have late push to be in the position to with the game. Ultimately, Newton came up short and was defeated 46-42.
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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.
It was all déjà vu for the Alcovy Tigers (0-2) on Friday night as they took on the Baldwin Braves from Milledgeville, Georgia. In back-to-back weeks, they gave up 30 points on defense, but this time they weren't able to get on the scoreboard, as the Braves torched Alcovy 30-0.
For the second-straight week at home, Alcovy allowed 30 points, but this time the team wasn't able to find the endzone.
They waited ... and waited ... and waited. But the lightning never stopped, and when the rain began to pour Wednesday evening, Alcovy and Eastside's matchup was called off.
With its loss to Eastside, Alcovy didn't get the start to its season that it wanted, and playing against Baldwin will be even tougher.
The beginning of the NCAA football season saw some of Newton County's collegiate athletes have exceptional showings on Saturday. If there are any athletes that you feel deserve to be mentioned in our weekly coverage of some of the nation's best from Newton County, email our sports editor Shakeen Holloway at email@example.com.