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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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.
With nine girls who have scored throughout Eastside's fourth-straight playoff season, Lady Eagles' coach Joel Singleton knows he needs each of their talents in today's playoff opener.
If Eastside has the success in May that it did in April, the Eagles' baseball team has a good shot at winning a state title.
Eastside High School senior and star volleyball player Katie Johnston signed a letter of intent to play at the University of Birmingham on Monday.
Johnston chose the University of Birmingham specifically because it allows her to spend her January semester next year for a month in Nicaragua.
For the second straight year the Eastside boys' soccer team is headed to the Class AAA state playoffs.
The Eagles (10-6-2) finished 5-3 in Region 4-AAA, good enough to earn the third seed, putting them not only in the playoffs but also on the road.
The Eastside Eagles baseball team finished the regular season with a victory on senior night against the Monticello Hurricanes.
Alexia Somerset has been a top performer on and off the basketball court throughout her career at Eastside High School.
The Eastside Eagles baseball team (21-4 overall, 14-2 Region 4-AAA) won their eighth consecutive game on Tuesday when they hosted the Lovejoy Wildcats.