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.
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.
With temperatures starting at 42 degrees and dipping down to 36 with a few snow flurries, Eastside's bats didn't cool off in an 8-4 victory in Monroe Area Monday.
Soccer is the world's most popular sport, so it's only fitting some of Newton County's foreign exchange students have been participants with the area's high school soccer teams.
Kevin Thompson was honored before Eastside's baseball game, as the 2013 state wrestling champion threw out the first pitch.
A terrific 2012-13 athletic school year for Colton Smith got even better Wednesday.
The Eastside girls' soccer team lost its fourth straight match, 4-1, to Apalachee Tuesday, the longest such streak since losing five in a row in 2006.