It's been a tremendous year for Eastside sophomore athlete Eric Stokes. Just in his second year in high school and Stokes earned the starting running back position at the beginning of the football season, he was ranked second in the 400m heading into state, he's been offered by Georgia State and now he's a state champion.
EHS senior soccer players Tyrik Francis and Haley Walden have been selected to play in the DiVarsity.com's 2015 Georgia High School Association All-Star Soccer game in Marietta on Sunday, May 17th at Sprayberry High School. Both played in last year's all-star game proudly representing Eastside High School. They will head to Sprayberry High School to compete against the best soccer players from all classifications in the state of Georgia. Haley will play defender on the 22-member white team, and take on the blue team in a 2 p.m. contest. Tyrik will play forward on the boys ...
With a combined score of 290 Eastside girls' golf placed third at sectionals a little over one week ago, just seven strokes behind second place. The Lady Eagles will now try for a state championship on Monday when they travel to Applewood Golf Course in Keysville.
Last week, Eastside traveled down to Wayne County where they, as No. 4 seed, upset the No. 1 seeded Yellow Jackets 4-1 pitting them against Whitewater in the second round, which took place in Fayetteville on Wednesday. Unfortunately, the Eagles were outmatched by a Whitewater team that made some incredible shots on its way to an 8-0 win over Eastside.
When the 2014 high school football season began, Carlos Huggins was mostly a skilled and slightly undersized linebacker, but that changed when the Eagles running back depth chart was bitten by the injury bug.
One thing I've found to be true in creating these All-Area teams is that the Newton/Rockdale area has a lot of impressive ball players. There is a lot of talent at this level and plenty that have the talent to play at the next level. With that said below you'll find the first and second All-Area teams for the 2014-2015 school year. Because there's so much talent some players were left out, but that doesn't take away from each player's individual ability. There are some positions loaded with talent whereas others there are only ...
A five hour trip down to Wayne County – the No. 1 seed Eastside's boys soccer (10-6) was set to play – turned into a first round upset for the Eagles, pitting them against Whitewater (12-2-1), one of the best teams in the state (ranked fourth in Class AAAA by maxpreps.com).
Last year around this time Eastside baseball was 14-12 (9-7 in region play) sitting at home while other teams were in the playoffs. Enter new head coach Bruce Evans with a load of talent such as Gray Ritchie, Hunter Ballard, Josh Sims, Austin Holloway, Charlie Greenich, Jared Jones and more and the Eagles finished with a 21-9 record in a first round exit in the playoffs.
Breanna Thornton made her mother, Jennifer Grant, proud on Thursday when she signed her letter of intent for a full ride scholarship as a track and field athlete at Georgia Southern University.
Eastside boys soccer is entering the state playoffs as the No. 4 seed from Region 4-AAAA. The Eagles have an overall record of 9-6 and a region record of 7-4. The distance between being No. 1 in that region and being No. 4 is slim, but the Eagles edged out four other teams with the same region record in a tough region to advance to the playoffs. We spoke with Eastside head coach about the team's mindset entering the playoffs and the growth of the team from the beginning of the season until now.
Rockdale County edged Newton out in three of the five All-Star events on Wednesday evening, as the Rockdale girl All-Stars won their game while representatives of Salem (Shay Tarver) and Heritage (Rashad Jones) won the girls and boys three-point contests respectively. Eastside's own Timothy Haynes won the dunk contest with a high-flying slam over two Alcovy players and the NewRock boys All-Star game ended in a tie after overtime. Ayanna Mitchell was named MVP of the girls All-Star game where she totaled 18 points. Rockdale's Dwayne Brown and Newton's Malik Wilson were named Co-MVPs of the boys ...
Eastside completed a sweep of Spalding in a doubleheader at home on Thursday to give the Eagles a shot at obtaining a No. 3 seed in the state playoffs at minimum. With the weirdly constructed way Eastside's region is set up, despite going 15-3 in Region 4-AAAA, the Eagles will likely be the No. 4 seed forcing them to travel to play Wayne County in the first round of the state playoffs.
Eagle baseball came full force in the region playoffs tonight as they swept Spalding in a doubleheader winning the first game 4-2 and the second 15-4.
Quintrell Mathis was one of Eastside's best four receivers this past season and now he'll look to be one of Brevard College's best after signing his letter of intent on Monday.
With Newton, Eastside and Alcovy soccer all off for Spring Break, Eastside baseball represented the athletes of the week this week. Gray Ritchey (left), Nick Womack (middle) and Jared Jones (right) all had a pretty great week for Eagle baseball. Ricthey pitched on Thursday and threw a complete game, allowed just three scattered hits, one unearned run and threw seven strikeouts to earn a 6-1 win against Walnut Grove. In two games against Walnut Grove, Nick Womack, who finished the two-game series 4-7 and an HBP with three RBI and three runs. Jared Jones was just as special. He finished ...
While most of the people of Newton County have locked themselves inside their homes to avoid the cold, baseball and soccer players have been playing outside in the "wonderful" weather. Eastside soccer has started its season 0-2, but the team has yet to be at full health and head coach Champ Young isn't worried about the slow start.
The athletes of the week for the week of February 9, are both the boys and the girls Eastside basketball teams, Imani Broadnax (Newton) and Tierra Hodges (Alcovy). Both Eastside teams put up a valiant effort during this week of region tournament games, but they were unable to get over the hump after it seemed each team had caught fire at the end of the regular season. Broadnax led Newton with 13 points against Lovejoy, helping to lift Newton to a third-straight region championship game against Tucker. Hodges scored 17 of Alcovy's 40 points despite getting in foul trouble ...
The basketball regular season has come to an end, the region tournaments are starting soon, baseball and soccer are beginning, but it's not too early or too late to recognize some of the best basketball players of Newton and Rockdale county. There will be a first and a second all-area team, with the criteria being regular season numbers, level of play, overall impact and of course the "eye test."
Usually when teams announce their starting fives before the game, after each name is called the individual player runs out through a tunnel of teammates and cheerleaders to shake the hands of all three referees and the opposing coach. On Friday – senior night – the Lady Eagles went about announcing their starting five a little differently.
As of January 16, the Eagles were on a three-game losing streak and looked like a team that wouldn't make the playoffs or would be one-and-done. Flash forward to now – the beginning of February – and Eastside basketball has won six-straight games including its latest and most prominent win, a double-digit victory over Walnut Grove (15-9, 7-2 Region 4-AAAA).
Between the boys and the girls game, Eastside celebrated its seniors in the final regular season home game of the season. The seniors didn't disappoint the fans and parents in attendance as both the boys and the girls recorded important region victories over Walnut Grove.
Eastside (10-9, 6-6 Region 4-AAAA) played like something was on the line in the fourth quarter of its matchup with region foe Locust Grove, and probably unbeknownst to the players, they were. With the eventual dominant 69-53 win over the Warriors, Eastside head coach, Gregory Freeman earned the 370th win of his career.
Eastside hosted Locust Grove on Friday night and both the boys and the girls got a victory to improve their region records as the season winds down. The boys improved to 10-9 overall and 6-6 in Region 4-AAAA. The girls improved to 8-12 overall and 7-5 in region 4-AAAA.
Earlier in the week, there was social media uproar from Eastside soccer students because they were told they wouldn't be able to play home games at Sharp Stadium this year. Eastside's soccer field isn't in the condition it needs to be in to allow students to play on it, and Sharp is the only alternative.
Looking at their record (5-10, 4-3 Region 4-AAAA) you would think that the Lady Eagles of Eastside are struggling through this basketball season. But for their sake, they are above .500 where it matters, with a 4-3 record in Region 4-AAAA play. Eastside was able to pick up its fourth region win of the season on Friday night with a 58-50 win over Eagle's Landing. With that win, Eastside has won three straight region games.
Eastside entered the new year on a four-game winning streak after losing four straight games, but head coach Gregory Freeman still has reservations about his team's current level of play.
Eastside's offense came alive in the first half, but Thomson's defensive pressure changed that in the second half. Still, the Eagles came away with a victory to improve their record to 6-6 on the season.
From the beginning, momentum was on the Eagles' side and they rode that wave out to a convincing 78-72 victory over Southwest Atlanta Christian.
As school starts back, region play will come to the forefront of the season and each team will be truly tested to see who's a pretender and who's a contender. Some teams are off to hot starts, while others have come out of the gate slow. We take a look at where each team is and grade them on their current play and tease where they can go in the near future.