The athletes of the week are Charlie Greenich (Eastside), Baylea Payne (Alcovy) and Augustus Murray (Newton).
The Rick Hurst era of Eastside football has come to an end and a new era has began – the Troy Hoff era.
Eastside still had a chance. The team that averages just under 10 runs per game was down 2-0 against Locust Grove (No. 3 in the state in Class AAAA) in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Both Eastside baseball and Locust Grove are undefeated in region play and the two will clash today at 5:55 p.m. at Eastside.
To say Eastside baseball (10-2, 6-0 Region 4-AAAA) – led by first-year head coach Bruce Evans – is on a roll would be an understatement. After losing their first two games of the season, the Eagles have won 10 in a row and they're booming on offense.
In the far northeast corner of Georgia, bordering the South Carolina line and more than 80 miles away from Newton/Rockdale County lies a small place called Elbert County with a of population 20,500 people as of 2012, according to elbertco.net. Elbert is significant to Newton and Rockdale because of the two coaches it birthed - Jonathan Brewer (Rockdale County High School head baseball coach) and Bruce Evans (Eastside High School head baseball coach) - and the men that it made them.
The Eastside Lady Eagles (5-4, 2-2 4-AAAA) lost an important 4-AAAA match to the Griffin Lady Bears (8-2-1, 4-1) in the final minute Tuesday night at Homer Sharp Stadium.
On Wednesday Eastside football coach, Rick Hurst confirmed that he had accepted the head coaching job at Pepperell High School. Hurst has been a coach for 21 years, having spent 10 of those years at Eastside, which some may consider a lifetime for high school football coach.
The Eastside Lady Eagles (4-3, 2-1) spent the first half on their heels due to a dominating offensive attack by the Walnut Grove Lady Warriors (2-5, 1-2) Tuesday night at Homer Sharp Stadium.
According to the Rome News-Tribune Eastside head football coach Rick Hurst has been named to the same position at Pepperell High School. Hurst will finish out the school year at Eastside and will begin his tenure Pepperell at the end of the school year.
When you walk through the doors of Eastside's fieldhouse and look to the left you'll see the Eagles' wall of fame peppered with names and photos of football players like Justin Wray, Broderick Alexander, Anderico Bailey, Antarious Terrell, James Johnson, Kevin Agudo, Sheldon Rankins, Taylor Head and more.
Region 4-AAAA coaches let out a cohesive sigh of relief on Monday when Eastside senior defensive end Arthur Holmes announced he would be signing to play football at Reinhardt University in the fall.
The Eastside Lady Eagles defeated Mt Zion 10-0 in a time shortened match Wednesday night at Sharp Stadium. Junior Morgan Green scored 2 goals in the first 8 minutes of the game and went on to assist on 3 more.
The Eagles scored the final five runs of the game and held North Oconee to two runs overall in a 7-2 victory on a cool night at Eastside.
The annual Newton vs Eastside Alumni Basketball Game will be held on May 16, 2015. If anyone is interested, please sign up now. There also may be a softball game on July 19 depending on the interest of both schools' alumni. It will be $20 to play one sport or $30 to play both. All interested persons please email TaKeita Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org. Payment must paid by March 30th. Also please look for the event flyer floating around Facebook, NHS-EHS Alumni Basketball Game. There will be more information on the event at a later date.
The upset bug made its way around Newton County this weekend, and the Lady Eagles proved Saturday that they weren't immune to the disease.
Regulation wasn't enough to decide the Class AAAA state basketball tournament opening round winner between Eastside and Grady Saturday afternoon, but overtime proved to be no friend to the Eagles in a 62-50 loss to the visiting Knights.
Berry College freshmen swimmers Robbie and Joey Ellwanger competed last Sunday at the Southern Athletic Association Championship swim meet.
The 2014 version of the Eastside High School baseball team traveled across town Wednesday night, opening its season against Newton High School.
The Eastside Eagles picked an unfortunate time to play their worst basketball game of the season as the Eagles were steamrolled by the Johnson Knights 88-67 in the Region 8-AAAA championship game at Lanier High School Tuesday night.
An up-and-down region season for the Eastside Lady Eagles ended on a down note Tuesday night, as the Chestatee Lady War Eagles battled back in the fourth quarter to win the Region 8-AAAA Championship game 51-50 at Lanier High School.
If all-region selections are an indicator of how well Newton County's basketball teams should do in this week's region tournaments, then the county has a lot to look forward to on championship Monday.
If balancing the roles of high school teacher and assistant football/baseball coach weren't already hard enough, try doing it along with training athletes across the region.
The Eastside Eagles put an exclamation point on their season Friday night on the road, capping off their regular season schedule with an 80-43 road victory over Monroe Area.
In a game that saw Eastside sleepwalk through the first period, only to come back to life in the second and third quarters, it came down to a frenetic fourth as the Lanier Lady Longhorns took a physical 42-38 win over the Lady Eagles at Lanier High School Wednesday night.
No one said Eastside's 15th consecutive win was going to be easy - especially not coach Greg Freeman – who had predicted that the Lanier Longhorns' height would present problems for the Eagles.
Eastside senior track and field standout Nylah Chavis made her pledge to Georgia State University Wednesday on National Signing Day.
Eastside guard Deshantra Kelly led the Lady Eagles with 13 points this past weekend against rival Alcovy, earning the Eastside Player of the Week honor.
Coach Greg Freeman's eighth-ranked Eastside Eagles boy's varsity basketball team is looking more and more like a team that will make a lot of noise in the Class AAAA state tournament.
With a stifling defense and excellent 3-point shooting, the Eastside Lady Eagles led from start to finish and defeated the Madison County Lady Red Raiders 56-29 at home on Senior Night.