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.
Eastside has its new baseball coach. The Newton County Board of Education approved the hire of Brad Weir at Tuesday's meeting and he will take over as Eastside baseball coach in 2011-12. Weir will teach special education and also coach tight ends for Eastside's football team.
In 2008, Justin Wray led Eastside to the Region 8-AAA football championship at quarterback. He won two playoff games and put Eastside football on the map. That fall, Wray switched sides.
Eastside High School seniors Michael Johnson-Weeks and Austin Knight participated in the annual Peachtree Road Race on Monday.
Football is unlike any other team sport in that it contains teams within a team. Case in point, the offensive line is typically the five brutes you see sitting together on a bench behind the rest of the team on the sideline during a game.
Pieces of paper hang throughout the Eastside football team's locker room. They've been there all week for players to read as they go about their business - get dressed, whatever. They're not motivational speeches from legendary head coaches or inspirational quotes from great leaders. It's trash talk.
Eastside's football team has experienced tremendous success this year. While that's great, the basketball team will take a hit.
Life is good over at Eastside High School these days, especially if you are an athlete.
For three-and-a-half quarters, Creekview kept Eastside's vaunted running game in check. But Rashad Hill's 22-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter put the Eagles up 13-6 and they never looked back as they defeated the Grizzlies 20-6 to earn the school's first playoff victory in 11 years.
Eastside's coaching staff has waited three-and-a-half years for tonight. It's been a while, but the Eagles take their first step toward the Georgia Dome against Creekview at Sharp Stadium at 7:30 p.m.
How many times have you heard it in football – the head coach gets all the credit? It's especially true if the team is winning.
What do The Truth, The Freak and The Real all have in common? They all play for Eastside and were recently named to the Region 8-AAA All-Region team.
Over the last three games, Eastside has run and defended teams into early submission. With a region championship on the line, Friday was no different as the Eagles dominated Franklin County to earn the school's first ever region football title with a resounding 34-0 win at Sharp Stadium.
After his team's 35-7 victory over Morgan County Friday, Eastside coach Rick Hurst huddled his team together near the north end zone and pulled out a blue, football-shaped patch from his jacket pocket and raised it above his head.
Eastside has had a stellar start to the athletic season so far in 2008. It's softball team finished third in the state while winning the Region 8-AAA crown. The football team is on the verge of the first region title in school history and the Lady Eagles' volleyball squad made it to sectionals. You can add the competition cheerleading squad as the latest Eagle team to make some noise at the state level.
If Friday night's game between Eastside and Morgan County would have been a prize fight, it was over in the first round.