Sonya Hopper couldn't hold back the tears anymore. Sonya's daughter, Madison Hopper, was signing to attend Emmanuel College on Thursday afternoon and it brought them both to tears as Sonya spoke about Madison's journey in front of a large crowd of family and friends.
Eastside's offense has been prolific all season, but when it was shutout in the first half against Thomson, things looked dreary for the Eagles. The system was working fine. Eagles' receivers were dropping balls, quarterback Austin Holloway missed on a few throws and Eastside kept turning the ball over.
Both Newton County playoff teams advance in a wild Friday night of football.
Davonta Jones, Carlos Huggins and Jazztin Jefferson have been named the Newton, Eastside and Alcovy athletes of the week respectively.
Perennial state power Griffin rolled into Homer Sharp Stadium Friday night. And though Eastside gave them all they could handle, in the end it was too much Malik Miller and too much Bears defense as they defeated the Eagles 48-28 on the first really chilly night of the football season.
Eastside's boys basketball team was probably the best team in the county last year. The Eagles had a 15-game winning streak at one point and finished the season with a 23-4 record before falling flat in the region championship and the first round of state.
The Lady Eagles of Eastside had led for most of the game, but Chestatee took its first lead with six minutes left in the fourth quarter of the region championship. The rest of the story you should already know. A back and forth battle ensued for the rest of the fourth, but Chestatee scored the final points and got the win after Eastside had taken a 50-49 lead with 38 seconds to play.
Playoff positioning was on the line this Friday night for some and others just wanted to end their season on a good note.
On a cold and windy Saturday night at Homer Sharp stadium, there was an amazing high school football game played as Eastside took on Walnut Grove for a chance to play in the region final next week versus Griffin. It was a back and forth affair, and close at the end but Eastside pulled it out defeating Walnut Grove 25-22.
Eastside ran over Hampton on Friday with its 47-14 win. Carlos Huggins ran for two touchdowns and the Eagles' defense was making plays all over the field, including some huge hits against Hampton. The defense also recovered at least four fumbles, and took advantage of Hampton's giveaways.
There were some dominating performances in this week's football matchups.
Eastside (4-2, 2-2) started off its region schedule this year with two tough losses Griffin and Jonesboro. But since then, Eagles' head coach Rick Hurst has gotten his team back on track and focused on making a push for the state playoffs.
Sophomore receiver Josh Sims has been selected as Elite Auto's athlete of the week. Sims came up big in Eatsside's region win vs Locust Grove on Saturday, including catching a 55-yard bomb for a touchdown that helped give the Eagles a lead at the end of the first half.
Here are the Covington News' athletes of the week. Representing for Alcovy is Raven Smith. Smith had a good week on offense including scoring three runs in the Tigers region championship win. For Newton, there are two athletes: Davonta Jones and Deandre Huff. Huff and Jones combined for 12 catches, over 200 yards receiving and two touchdowns against Tucker on Friday. The Eastside Elite Auto athlete of the week is the entire Lady Eagles softball team. Although they lost to Locust Grove on Monday, the Lady Eagles had a stellar season that saw them go 16-6 including a 7-3 record ...
Eastside softball suffered a 7-0 loss to Locust Grove on Monday ending its run in the region tournament and the Lady Eagles' season.
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Eastside split its two softball games Saturday, with two almost completely solid performances.
The Kiwanis Club of Covington saw its most familiar coach Thursday as Rick Hurst took the podium in front of the civic group for the eighth straight time.
For a team with four newcomers, the home opener is not only an exciting event but also a nerve-racking one.
Cameron Boyd made the move from quarterback to wide receiver as the 2011 season progressed to help bring another dimension to the Eastside football team.
With just a short couple of months to find a replacement for their recently vacated baseball coach position, Eastside Athletic Director Dr. Bruce McCollum and Principal Jeff Cher had a difficult task in front of them.
A little less than a year after Eastside hired Brad Weir as baseball coach, the school is once again looking for someone to lead the Eagles on the diamond.
Looking back on his four years as a member of the Eastside football team, Quan Moton's most looming memory was an early one.
Brandi Richards finished her softball career in decorated fashion, as she completed her senior season at the Auburn Montgomery University.
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.