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Coming a long way

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.

November 20, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


The Eagles' comeback season

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.

November 15, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


Eagles/Rams advance to second round

Both Newton County playoff teams advance in a wild Friday night of football.

November 14, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


Athletes of the week: 11/03

Davonta Jones, Carlos Huggins and Jazztin Jefferson have been named the Newton, Eastside and Alcovy athletes of the week respectively.

November 08, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


Miller, Bears clip Eagles for Region Title

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.

November 08, 2014 | Phil Manson | Eastside


Freeman building tough mentality

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.

November 08, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


Lady Eagles hungry for region title

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.

November 08, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


Friday night football roundup 11/7

Playoff positioning was on the line this Friday night for some and others just wanted to end their season on a good note.

November 07, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


Eagles advance: Better lucky than good

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.

November 02, 2014 | Javon Dickerson | Eastside


Huggins emerges as lead back

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.

October 25, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


Friday night football roundup 10/24

There were some dominating performances in this week's football matchups.

October 24, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


Eagles' defense comes up huge in win

Eastside (4-2, 2-2) started off its region schedule this year with two tough losses Griffin and Jonesboro. But since then, Eagles' head coach Rick Hurst has gotten his team back on track and focused on making a push for the state playoffs.

October 13, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


Eastside athlete of the week: Josh Sims

Sophomore receiver Josh Sims has been selected as Elite Auto's athlete of the week. Sims came up big in Eatsside's region win vs Locust Grove on Saturday, including catching a 55-yard bomb for a touchdown that helped give the Eagles a lead at the end of the first half.

October 13, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


Athletes of the week: 9/29

Here are the Covington News' athletes of the week. Representing for Alcovy is Raven Smith. Smith had a good week on offense including scoring three runs in the Tigers region championship win. For Newton, there are two athletes: Davonta Jones and Deandre Huff. Huff and Jones combined for 12 catches, over 200 yards receiving and two touchdowns against Tucker on Friday. The Eastside Elite Auto athlete of the week is the entire Lady Eagles softball team. Although they lost to Locust Grove on Monday, the Lady Eagles had a stellar season that saw them go 16-6 including a 7-3 record ...

October 04, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


Motivation for next year

Eastside softball suffered a 7-0 loss to Locust Grove on Monday ending its run in the region tournament and the Lady Eagles' season.

September 30, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


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Eagles look to pressure McDonald

Eastside quarterback Austin Holloway dropped back and delivered a pass to avoid taking what would've been a sack in practice on Wednesday. The Eagles' defense quickly took down the receiver, something they've struggled with as of late, and head coach Rick Hurst praised his defense, but he also coached up players to what they needed to do right.

September 25, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


3 and out

Midway through the season, Eastside football sits at a comfortable 2-2. One fumble in overtime might have propelled them to 3-1, but that's something we'll never know. What we do know is, the Eagles have five games left, all against region opponents with a combined record of 12-7.

September 23, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


Lady Eagles toppled by Walnut Grove

Thursday's matchup against Walnut Grove (19-2, 10-0 Region 4-AAAA) had huge implications for Eastside (15-4-1, 7-3 Region 4-AAAA). A win would have put them in sole possession of third place in the region behind Walnut Grove and Eagle's Landing. Walnut Grove, however, is one of the best teams in the state and it showed on Thursday in its 8-0 victory over Eastside.

September 20, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


Eagles fall to Cardinals

Eastside (2-2, Region 4-AAAA) came into the game against Jonesboro (1-3, Region 4-AAAA) after suffering a humiliating loss to No. 3 ranked Griffin. However, that wasn't all that was ailing the Eagles. Sophomore starting running back Eric Stokes and backup Andrew Henderson were both sidelined with injuries, however Eastside played well and had a chance to win before losing in overtime, 27-21.

September 20, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


Holmes emerging as star

Being named the Atlanta Touchdown Club's lineman of the week is an accomplishment in itself, but for Eastside senior defensive end Arthur Holmes it could mean greater things.

September 18, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


Eastside strong despite loss

It was a mismatch.

September 18, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


Pink out turns to blowout

Other than a stellar fifth inning that saw Newton score all five of its runs, Eastside - rocking the pink unis on Monday - owned the game and the rivalry this season making them 2-0 to finish the series against its rival, as the Lady Eagles ran away with a 13-5 victory.

September 16, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


Eastside to face No. 3 ranked Griffin

This isn't David vs. Goliath. Eastside (2-0 Region 4-AAAA) is too good of a team to be David, but Griffin (2-0 Region 4-AAAA), ranked No. 3 in the state by maxpreps.com, is definitely goliath-level football. A better comparison would probably be Rocky Balboa vs. Apollo Creed - the first time - with Eastside being Rocky and Griffin, the undisputed champion, being Apollo.

September 11, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


Eastside's Hurst on win: Don't quit

Eastside's theme for the football season is 'don't quit.' That theme couldn't have rung more truly than in Friday night's game on the road against Madison County. The Eagles came away with a thrilling victory in overtime, winning 28-21 in the extra period after trailing by seven with less than four minutes to go. In this exclusive Q&A, Eagles head coach Rick Hurst recaps the Eagles eventful win against Madison and the 97-yard drive that made it happen.

September 06, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


Eastside travels to face Madison County

Coming off its 30-point victory over Alcovy, Eastside is set to play at Madison County, a team that's 2-0 with a strong balanced attack on offense.

September 04, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


Q&A: Catching up with Catherine Lee

Catherine Lee made history on Tuesday, as she was the first softball player to have her jersey (No.27) retired by Eastside High School. We sat down with Lee for a few minutes to talk about what it meant for her, life after college and if she'd ever consider coaching.

September 02, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


Eagles softball: It wasn't even close

In one of the quickest games I've seen in a while, Eastside High School managed to run-rule Griffin, 8-0 in five innings.

September 02, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


Eastside to retire Lee's number

Catherine Lee, former catcher for Eastside High School softball, will have her jersey retired on Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 5 p.m.

August 30, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


6 takeaways from Tigers/Eagles

With its strong running game Eastside pounded the ball and Alcovy into submission, winning 36-6 over city-rival Alcovy.

August 30, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


Eagles fly by Tigers

Both Alcovy and Eastside have starting lineups majorly made up of either sophomores and/or freshmen. The question coming into the game was "which team's inexperience would show more?" The answer to that question is Alcovy, as their inexperience showed throughout the game where they fell 36-6 to the Eagles.

August 29, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


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