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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 ...
The Eastside boys' soccer team added its fifth win in six games Tuesday but it was too dramatic for coach Champ Young.
Eastside girls soccer coach Joel Singleton said his team came out sluggish in Saturday's rivalry game against Newton.
The Eastside baseball came into its first week of Region 4-AAA play after welcoming all comers in its early schedule.
Running on a high school track during what was supposed to be his sophomore year of college, Dominique Hubert was just looking for an opportunity.
Eastside won its sixth straight, defeating Eagles Landing 8-3 on Monday night.
Seven different Lady Eagles got involved in the score sheet for Eastside (2-3, 1-0 4AAA) as they defeated Drew 9-0 on Tuesday. Tara Harrison intercepted a Drew goal kick and sent the ball to Sarah Gaddis who forwarded it to Amber Lafond who sent it back to Gaddis for the goal and a 1-0 Eastside (2-3, 1-0 4-AAA) lead in the 5th minute of the match.
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.