After two years at Newton High School, Rams' baseball coach Vincent Byams is moving on at the end of the 2012-13 school year.
Eastside High School girls' tennis team captain and No. 1 singles player Amanda Blackwell signed with Piedmont College this week, a NCAA Division III school in Demorest.
The No. 1-seed Eastside Eagles were upset by fourth-seed Troup County in the first round of the Class AAAA playoffs Friday.
The Eastside baseball team is Region 8-AAAA champions, thanks to a combination of events that took place Thursday and Friday.
A 9-6 loss is disappointing enough, but for the Eastside baseball team that feeling was multiplied in its defeat at Lumpkin County Wednesday.
Newton clinched a spot in the Class AAAAAA playoffs Tuesday, knocking off Morrow 12-2 on senior night.
While the camouflage jerseys the Eastside baseball team wore during "Duck Dynasty Night" Monday were new, the result wasn't as the Eagles picked up their 19th win.
The Eastside boys' soccer team scored 12 goals in its previous four games - all wins - but couldn't find the back of the net when it needed to Friday.
Eastside suffered its first Region 8AAAA defeat of the season Friday night when it traveled to Sugar Hill for an 8-2 loss to the Lanier Longhorns.
The stakes for Wednesday night's game were even greater as Class AAAAA fourth-ranked Eastside just came off its second loss of the season to host Lanier, the No. 7 ranked team in the same classification.
For the first time this season, the Eastside baseball team was shutout and lost just its second game of the season, 1-0 to Jackson Monday.
Eastside continues to pour it on, this time racking up 13 hits and stealing eight bases in a 14-4 win over Johnson, Gainesville Wednesday.
Eastside's scoring output gradually increased until Musashi Briem made it a no-doubter with a grand slam in the seventh to seal the Eagles' 13-3 road win over Johnson, Gainesville, Monday.
Eastside defeated Walnut Grove in the second game of the series, Friday night winning 4-1 to remain unbeaten in Region 8-AAAA.
Eastside fell behind, and couldn't recover in Madison County's 3-0 win in girls' soccer action Friday night.
All the Eagles needed to pick up their first win under first-year head coach Gregory Freeman was a little home cooking. It didn't hurt the Eagles played an offensively-challenged Locust Grove team too. Nevertheless, the Wildcats were just what the doctor ordered and the eagles took advantage.
For the first time in four years, this space is being used to write about Eastside in a different way. Usually it's a playoff game story. After the Eagles failed to make it to the postseason, it's about what went wrong in 2011.
Eastside's boys' team will look nothing like it did last year when it hits the floor tomorrow at Alcovy. That's probably not a bad thing.
Former Eastside soccer standout Caleb Kernan is going dancing. No, he's not making an appearance on "Dancing With the Stars". He's going to the men's NCAA soccer tournament with his Georgia State Panther teammates.
Eastside athletics have thrived since the school dropped down to Class AAA four years ago - especially volleyball and softball. Two players in particular have been around to see it all. Amanda Hawkins and Katie Johnston both arrived on campus in 2008. Over the past four years, they've played a pivotal role in the softball and volleyball teams' success.
Despite all that went wrong for Eastside leading up to Friday's winner-take-all season finale at Henry County, the Eagles still had a shot at the playoffs. Late turnovers proved to be too much to overcome though and the Warhawks will be the region's fourth playoff team after a 34-24 win.
Eastside travels to Henry County for its season finale and the Eagles have a very simple goal. Win. If they do, they'll make a return trip to the Class AAA playoffs for an unprecedented fourth straight year. But it won't be easy.
Eastside football may have its problems this year. Injuries and suspensions, a talent drain on the offensive line and a new quarterback come to mid. But at least the Eagles don't have to deal with what the Denver Broncos are going through with Tim Tebow.
For the first time in almost a month, Eastside looked like, well, Eastside.
What was supposed to be a quiet bye week for eastside turned out to be anything but. It's been a tough season for the Eagles and after last week, it got even tougher.
DEXTER - As has been the case in many of Eastside's recent games, especially this postseason, it came down to one inning against West Laurens in game three of the Lady Eagles' second-round playoff series. This time though, Eastside was on the short end of the stick.
DEXTER - On paper, Eastside didn't stand much of a chance against West Laurens in the second round of the Class AAA softball playoffs Wednesday. On the diamond, they did more than hold their own.
Eastside softball squeaked out two close victories over Harlem last week in the opening round of the Class AAA playoffs and is rewarded with a trip to West Laurens to take on a Raider team also looking to get back to Columbus for the Elite Eight.
The last time Eastside football lost three games in a row, Jimmie Johnson had yet to win a Sprint Cup championship, my house was still worth more than I paid for it and an up-and-coming young senator from Illinois had everyone wondering if we were ready for our first black president. After Friday's 21-3 loss to Stockbridge, that's exactly where the Eagles find themselves. It's a place no player in the program today ...
Big plays doomed Eastside again. For the second straight week, the Eagles gave up a long rushing touchdown in the first quarter, quarterback Cameron Boyd had an interception returned for a touchdown and the Eagles lost an important region game, this time falling to Stockbridge 21-3.