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.
With its strong running game Eastside pounded the ball and Alcovy into submission, winning 36-6 over city-rival Alcovy.
Both Alcovy and Eastside have starting lineups majorly made up of either sophomores and/or freshmen. The question coming into the game was "which team's inexperience would show more?" The answer to that question is Alcovy, as their inexperience showed throughout the game where they fell 36-6 to the Eagles.
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In what looked to be a runaway victory at one point for Eastside High School, turned out to be a dramatic finish, but the Eagles showed resiliency and escaped with a 5-4 victory over Alcovy.
The Eastside High School softball alumni returned on Saturday for the first annual alumni game, but also to support the Wright family. James Wright was tragically injured in a car accident and left paralyzed. The proceeds of the game went to the Wright family.
Eastside High School will host a Lady Eagles alumni game on August 16 at the EHS softball fields at 11 a.m.
Heather Wood has done this before, and last time she did it well.
The beginning of the new school year is just weeks away, and we all know what that means: Friday night football is on the horizon.
Drew Buckhault will take his baseball talents to the Cougars of Cleveland State Community College next year. Buckhault signed a scholarship to play baseball and attend college at the Cleveland, Tennessee institution.
Snapping pictures with his closest friends, family and coaches in attendance, high jumper Daniel Oduah announced to the world – well, to the media center at Eastside High School – his decision to attend Albany State University.
The following is a review of the 2014 Eastside Eagles spring athletic season:
After qualifying for the state sectional with a runner-up finish in Region 8-AAAA, the Eastside Lady Eagles golf team will continue its march through the postseason, this time at the state tournament at Waynesboro Country Club.
The Eastside baseball team (14-12, 9-7 Region 8-AAAA) finished its season with a two-game series against Monroe Area High School (4-20, 4-12 Region 8-AAAA).
The Eastside High School girls golf team will have the opportunity to continue its play this postseason after qualifying for the state section event with a runner-up finish at the Region 8-AAAA golf tournament.