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.
After beating Rockdale on Monday, the Eastside golf team picked up its second win of the week beating Loganville 150-174 on Wednesday.
On a windy afternoon Eastside golf broke over .500, beating Rockdale 168-209 Monday.
The Eastside Eagles baseball team made a statement in its opened Region 4-AAA opener against the Stockbridge Tigers with a 15-2 victory on Friday.
Trent Taylor scored six goals in final 26 minutes to lead his Eastside Eagles (1-2-1) to a 7-1 win over the Salem Seminoles (3-2) Friday night at Cousins Middle School.
Eastside Baseball came out swinging in its home opener, and defeated Baldwin 12-0 on Tuesday.
Tara Harrison attended soccer camp at Oxford-Emory to learn and have fun when she participated with her Eastside Eagles teammates years ago.
The visiting Eastside Eagles stormed back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Alcovy Tigers 8-4 Wednesday, sweeping the county series for 2012.
The Eastside Lady Eagles (1-2) dropped their second match in a row Tuesday night, despite 19 saves by junior keeper Carly Farrow.
Former Eastside standout Amanda Henderson and Kennesaw State sophomore pitcher earned her first-career Atlantic Sun Conference Pitcher of the Week award on Monday.
Brad Weir was sitting in his home in Jessup getting ready to go back to school.
Former Eastside standout Amanda Henderson and Kennesaw State sophomore pitcher earned her first-career Atlantic Sun Conference Pitcher of the Week award on Monday. Henderson notched a 0.64 earned run average in three appearances last week, earning a win and two saves.
Eastside also played a top-ranked boys' basketball team this weekend, in No. 5 Drew on Saturday.
The third inning was a disaster for Newton, but served as a game-changer for Eastside in the Eagles 9-3 win over their cross-town rivals at Georgia Perimeter College on Monday night, in teh season opener for both teams.
Jacob Alwes' header off a long cross from the right foot of Levi Rhodes preserved a 2-2 tie for Eastside against Apalachee on Friday night.
The second winning season in Eastside boys' basketball history is set to continue thanks, in part, to the lights-out shooting of Anthony Henderson.