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 email@example.com. 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 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 ...
Taylor Smith just missed out on automatically qualifying for the 2012 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship this week.
Eastside's soccer season may have ended but the Lady Eagles were prevalent during the Georgia High School Soccer All-Star game Sunday.
Truett-McConnell coach Damien Westfield takes seriously the fact that his school is a Christian school first before it is a soccer team or even a college.
That thinking along with the soccer-playing theory of Trent Taylor helped the two of them come together Tuesday as the Eastside senior signed a letter of intent to play soccer at the NAIA school next year.
Former Eastside golfer Taylor Smith completed his junior season with a bang Thursday finishing as one of the top golfers in Division II and helping Georgia College place fifth in the NCAA tournament.
Everyone enjoys a 90 percent success rate.
Keith Buckhault will be taking his talents on the baseball field to the next level in 2013 when he joins the Cleveland State Cougars.
The Eastside girls' and boys' soccer teams both had standout seasons, reaching the second round of the Class AAA playoffs.
The Eastside boys' soccer team may have slipped on the field, but Tuesday's loss to the fourth-ranked team in the state was anything but a slip up.
The 2012 Eastside Lady Eagles had to work hard to salvage their season and to earn the right to play one of the top teams in the state.
The Eastside girls' soccer team is at a level where it hasn't been before.
The Eastside boys' golf team wrapped up its fifth straight season reaching the state championship this weekend.
In 2011, Eastside football missed out on the playoffs by one game and is hard at work this spring looking for one more win.
The Eagles started their spring practices Monday continuing work with 2011's team, while bringing along young players and looking for eager newcomers.
The Eastside Eagles baseball team entered the first round of the state playoffs Friday night against the Harlem Bulldogs with a sense of quiet confidence, but they left Eagle Field disappointed after being swept 12-2 and 3-1 and getting knocked out of the playoffs.
Senior Trent Taylor has led Eastside soccer throughout the 2012 season and as the playoffs started for the Eagles Thursday, he continued to do the same.
The Eagles' captain scored four goals as Eastside went on the road to defeat second-seeded Richmond Academy in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs. The Eagles (11-6-2) travel to Region 5 No. 1 seed Woodward Academy 7 p.m. Tuesday.
The first two minutes of Eastside's match against Westside was indicative of the Lady Eagles' historic 3-0 win on Friday.