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.
The three high schools are all in action tonight for the first time in three weeks and while the opponents are different, the agenda is the same. Win. Certainly every football team wants to win every time out but for Eastside, Alcovy and Newton, a win tonight carries significant meaning.
Eastside and Harlem played 15 innings of nearly flawless softball over two games in the opening round of the Class AAA softball playoffs Wednesday. Ironically, the series was decided by one miscue.
Eastside dropped its second straight region game Saturday, putting its chance of earning the second-seed and a home playoff game in peril. Based on the way the Eagles played in their 28-21 loss to Drew, just earning a playoff berth may prove to be an accomplishment.
Eastside can't help to feel like it let one get away. That one would be the Region 4-AAA softball title and a No. 1 seed in next week's state playoffs.
Eastside's epic battle with Sandy Creek Saturday will go down as one of the toughest losses in school history. That the eagles came to within a minute and a 76-yard touchdown pass away from knocking off the top team in the state – a feat not done in 34 games now, is of little consolation. Especially with work left to do.
JACKSON - Eastside let a golden opportunity to win the Region 4-AAA softball title slip through its fingers Wednesday. Rather, the Lady Eagles let it slip under their gloves.
Remember the name Cole Garvin. I know everyone at Sharp Stadium Saturday night will. After ripping Eastside's heart out with one of the best throws I've ever seen a high school quarterback make to lift Sandy Creek past the Eagles 13-10 in the final minute of the game, Garvin is public enemy number one this week over at 10245 Eagles Drive. I'm sure down in Tyrone, the euphoria still hasn't worn off.
JACKSON - When Taylor Causey returned to Eastside's softball team two weeks ago, head coach Jason Stokes knew he was getting his staff ace back. But his team's best hitter too?
Eastside nearly took down the No. 1 team in the state Saturday. Unfortunately for the Eagles, nearly doesn't mean a thing.
Taylor Causey's return as Eastside's ace has ignited the Lady Eagles. It may be just enough to propel them back to the state softball tournament Columbus.
Sandy Creek may be the best high school football team in Georgia, in any classification. Eastside coaches certainly believe that.
Eastside limped into Spalding without three of its primary offensive weapons. Fortunately for the Eagles, Chavis Griggs was healthy and the defense was at its most dominant.
Eastside's competition cheerleading squad took home the top trophy last Saturday at its opening meet at Morgan County. The Lady Eagles look to keep things going Saturday at Alcovy. Eastside will be one of the county teams participating in a county-wide competition. Along with Alcovy and Eastside, Cousins, Indian Creek and Veterans middle schools will compete.
Eastside survived last week's game against Jackson thanks to a last-second field goal. And while the Eagles may have won that battle, their losing the war of attrition.
Eastside ace Taylor Causey made her return to the mound Tuesday and it's safe to say, things went well. Causey struck out all but the first batter she faced, the offense tallied 15 runs on 13 hits and the Lady Eagles cruised to a 15-0 win over Stockbridge in three innings and snapped a three-game skid in the process.