It was a crosstown clash Saturday evening as the Tigers of Alcovy traveled 13.6 miles to Eastside High School to take on the Eagles. It was great atmosphere at the game and both schools took home a win.
The athletes of the week for the week of December 1, 2014 are Darion "D.J." Hill (Newton), Janelle Cook (Eastside) and Autumn Evans & Madison Beazley.
For the first time this season, Newton and Eastside's basketball teams will face-off, continuing a rivalry that has been a thing since Eastside was established in the mid '90s. The Lady Rams are 4-1 and the boys are undefeated at 5-0. The Eagles haven't played as many games yet, but both the girls and boys are 1-1.
After starting their seasons with a loss over Thanksgiving Break, the boys' and girls' basketball teams of Eastside came back with a vengeance on Tuesday against Riverdale.
Eastside softball is represented well on the 2014 4-AAAA All-Region team. Caitlin Ray (infield), Madison Hopper (pitcher) and Bailey Stewart (catcher) were all named to the first team. McKenzie Powell (infield) and Brittany Medlin (outfield) were named to the second team. The Lady Eagles finished their season with a record of 16-6.
Sonya Hopper couldn't hold back the tears anymore. Sonya's daughter, Madison Hopper, was signing to attend Emmanuel College on Thursday afternoon and it brought them both to tears as Sonya spoke about Madison's journey in front of a large crowd of family and friends.
Eastside's offense has been prolific all season, but when it was shutout in the first half against Thomson, things looked dreary for the Eagles. The system was working fine. Eagles' receivers were dropping balls, quarterback Austin Holloway missed on a few throws and Eastside kept turning the ball over.
Both Newton County playoff teams advance in a wild Friday night of football.
Davonta Jones, Carlos Huggins and Jazztin Jefferson have been named the Newton, Eastside and Alcovy athletes of the week respectively.
Perennial state power Griffin rolled into Homer Sharp Stadium Friday night. And though Eastside gave them all they could handle, in the end it was too much Malik Miller and too much Bears defense as they defeated the Eagles 48-28 on the first really chilly night of the football season.
Eastside's boys basketball team was probably the best team in the county last year. The Eagles had a 15-game winning streak at one point and finished the season with a 23-4 record before falling flat in the region championship and the first round of state.
The Lady Eagles of Eastside had led for most of the game, but Chestatee took its first lead with six minutes left in the fourth quarter of the region championship. The rest of the story you should already know. A back and forth battle ensued for the rest of the fourth, but Chestatee scored the final points and got the win after Eastside had taken a 50-49 lead with 38 seconds to play.
Playoff positioning was on the line this Friday night for some and others just wanted to end their season on a good note.
On a cold and windy Saturday night at Homer Sharp stadium, there was an amazing high school football game played as Eastside took on Walnut Grove for a chance to play in the region final next week versus Griffin. It was a back and forth affair, and close at the end but Eastside pulled it out defeating Walnut Grove 25-22.
Eastside ran over Hampton on Friday with its 47-14 win. Carlos Huggins ran for two touchdowns and the Eagles' defense was making plays all over the field, including some huge hits against Hampton. The defense also recovered at least four fumbles, and took advantage of Hampton's giveaways.
For her efforts on the cross country course, Eastside runner Taylor Jones has been named the Eagles' Athlete of the Week.
The Eastside Eagles varsity softball team dropped a pair of contests over the weekend in the second round of the Region 8-AAAA softball tournament to Madison County.
The Eastside Eagles varsity volleyball team defeated a pair of county rivals Thursday night to sweep Senior Night, downing Newton High 2-1 and the Alcovy Tigers 2-0.
While their fellow county rivals take the field this week against one another, the Eastside varsity football team will get a much deserved rest during a bye week.
After helping the Eagles to their third win of the season last Friday against Madison County, Eastside running back Jomandi Smith has been named the Eastside Athlete of the Week.
The Eastside Eagles earned their first region win of the season and their third win overall, Friday night at Sharp Stadium, defeating Madison County 31-14.
A season ago the Eastside varsity football team entered their fifth game of the year with a 2-2 record against Madison County.
Some athletes lead with their words, but often times the most effective athletes lead with their actions.
The Eastside Eagles lost their region opener and took their second loss of the season against Chestatee Friday night, falling 33-23 at Sharp Stadium.
Coming off their first loss of the season last week against Alcovy, the Eastside Eagles have more than revenge on their minds tonight against Chestatee.
The Eastside Eagles softball team honored their lone senior on Sept. 12 in a 9-1 victory over Stephens County.
The Eastside Eagles varsity softball team dropped a 4-0 decision to Heritage Wednesday night on the road, recording just one hit in the shutout loss to the Patriots.
For her efforts on the volleyball court, Eastside junior Dejahnae Saintilus has been named the Eastside Player of the Week.
The Eastside Eagles varsity volleyball team dropped a 2-0 decision to region-rival Chestatee Tuesday at home.
Tonight, the Eastside Eagles and the Alcovy Tigers square off at Sharp Stadium with a county championship on the line for the Eagles.