The Eastside boys and girls basketball teams have gotten off to slow starts this season. After both teams made waves last year, they were depleted by the departure of key senior players who moved on to college. The Eagles (3-6, 2-3 Region 4-AAAA) and the Lady Eagles (2-7, 2-3 Region 4-AAAA) both got wins over Pike County on Friday night to move them in the right direction at the quarter mark of the season.
The athletes of the week for the week of December 15, 2014 are Marquise Sims (Eastside), Darnell Jeffries (Alcovy) and D.J. Hill (Newton).
Here are your basketball scores for Eastside and Alcovy for December 19.
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.
The Eastside volleyball team dropped a pair of regional contests Tuesday night, falling in straight sets to Walnut Grove and Madison County at home 2-0, 2-0.
After competing in seven games in five days, Eastside softball coach Jason Stokes had just one thing to say about his team's whirlwind schedule.
The Eastside Eagles soared to their second win Friday night on the road, outscoring Jackson 49-28 in non-region action.
The Eastside Eagles enter the second week of their season with an enthusiastic grin after beating county-rival Newton a week ago, but Eagles' coach Rick Hurst isn't letting that victory affect Eastside this week.
It was a big game for Eastside's Damario Terrell against county-rival Newton High School last Friday, but the Eagles' senior shone under the bright lights of Sharp Stadium in his season debut.
The Eastside Eagles defeated the Newton Rams 34-28 at Sharp Stadium on Friday in a comeback victory that lived up to the rivalry hype.
The Eastside Eagles varsity softball team might have needed a half-inning to get settled on Thursday against Johnson (Gainesville), but as soon as their nerves steadied, it was all Eagles in a 15-2 route that was called after just four innings.
Matching field goals were the only points posted at Eastside Field on Wednesday, but that was enough to get Eastside and Heritage coaches, players and fans excited about the upcoming football season.
While the official start of football season is still a week away, two Covington and Rockdale rivals will square off tonight in a bout of preseason football.
Traveling from as far away as Tallahassee, Fla., former Eastside soccer players reunited for an 80-minute game at their old stomping grounds in Covington Saturday.
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.