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.
Two Eastside Eagle players homered for the first time in their high school careers as the Eagles beat the Morgan County Bulldogs by a score of 9-2 on Tuesday night. Freshman Nick Womack cleared the fence in the third inning and Peyton Pallay went long in the sixth inning.
Sarah Gaddis knew she wanted to play soccer in college and also knew she wanted to play with her best friend.
The Eastside Eagles continued their unbeaten run through the early 2013 season against cross-county rival Alcovy Friday.
James Jackson set his goal in life to coach his favorite sport while starring for the Newton Rams' basketball team back in the 1970s.
Just beginning its football program, Berry College will be seeing its share of adversity and changes and will need players familiar with and capable of handling those pressures.
With two state championships in her last two seasons, Dallas Worthy has been a valuable member of Eastside's track and field team as she begins her senior year.
Eastside and Newton had to wait a week for a game which was rescheduled after rains canceled the first scheduled county matchup, and it took the Eagles a little longer to get started Saturday.
Although the Eastside boys' basketball team finished as runners-up to the Region 8-AAAA championship, it struggled with free throws all season.
Drew Buckhault led an impressive Eastside offensive performance as the Eagles defeated visiting Jackson 12-2 on Wednesday.
Eastside baseball and new coach Jon Ayres opened its season with a home victory, beating Rockdale 3-2 Monday.
For three quarters, Eastside played Eastside basketball and looked poised to grab a region 8-AAAA title Friday night at Johnson High.
The Eastside boys' relay team put up its best performance yet in Saturday's state swim meet at Georgia Tech.
The Eastside boys' soccer team is looking to replace one of the best in Classification AAA last season, and to do so, the Eagles don't have to look very far.
Quindarrious Russell, who will lead Eastside into this week's Region 8-AAAA playoffs, leads the league in scoring and almost led the league in its post-season awards Saturday.
Eastside's basketball games at Johnson, Gainesville has been cancelled for Friday.