The athletes of the week for the week of February 23, 2015 are Austin Holloway (Eastside), Dalton Smith (Alcovy) and Malik Wilson (Newton).
Eastside used its deep lineup to put runs on the board against the inexperienced but talented Tigers of Alcovy, defeating them 12-3.
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.
For his efforts on the gridiron last week, Eastside Eagles wide receiver Josh Sims has been named the Eastside Athlete of the Week.
Senior night was one to forget Friday night for the Eastside varsity football team, as the Eagles' playoff hopes were dampened in a 30-14 loss to Stephens County at Sharp Stadium.
The Eastside Eagles have a chance to lock up their fourth playoff appearance in three years tonight as the Eagles host visiting Stephens County in region play at Sharp Stadium at 7:30 p.m.
For his efforts on the gridiron last week, Eastside Eagles linebacker/running back Carols Huggins has been named the Eastside Athelte of the Week.
Two weeks ago, Eastside football coach Rick Hurst set a special milestone not only in Eastside history, but in Newton County lore.
The Eastside Eagles made their case for a playoff berth Friday night on the road, defeating region opponent Walnut Grove 42-14 to remain in the hunt for the fourth postseason spot in Region 8-AAAA.
Coming off a 28-12 homecoming victory a week ago against Lumpkin County, the Eastside Eagles travel to Loganville, Ga., tonight to face off against Walnut Grove.
The Eastside Eagles varsity softball team saw its season come to an end on the road Wednesday night, falling in straight games to Heritage (Catoosa) 11-1 and 10-0 in the second round of the Georgia High School Assoication state playoffs.
For his efforts on the gridiron last week, Eastside Eagles defensive back Jamal Hardge has been named Eastside Athlete of the Week.
The Eastside Eagles won their annual homecoming contest Friday night at Sharp Stadium defeating Lumpkin County 28-12.
The Eastside Eagles look to bounce back tonight at home against Lumpkin County after a road loss last week to Lanier.
For her efforts on the mound last week for Eastside, the Eagles' starting varsity softball pitcher Caitlin Ray has been named the Eastside Athlete of the Week.
The Eastside Eagles varsity softball team continues its season today on the road, traveling to Redan for the first round of the Georgia High School Association Softball AAAA state tournament.
The Eastside Eagles dropped their third game of the season, and their second region game, Friday night on the road, succumbing to Lanier's potent offense 40-10 in Sugar Hill, Ga.
Coming off a bye week, the Eastside varsity football team looks to earn its second region win of the season tonight on the road against Lanier.