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.
The Eastside Eagles varsity baseball team's rematch against Stephens County Tuesday night had everything a baseball fan could ask for - high drama, dazzling defense, squeeze plays, long balls, strategizing coaches, proud parents and jubilant players.
The Eastside Eagles varsity baseball team (12-11, 7-6 Region 8-AAAA) hosted region leader Stephens County (16-4, 9-2 Region 8-AAAAA) Monday night, ending a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Indians.
The Eastside boys and girls golf teams capped off a Newton Cup sweep Tuesday afternoon at The Oaks Course, proving they're the best in the county on the links.
The Eastside baseball team (11-11, 6-6 Region 8-AAAA) was swept by the Lumpkin County Indians on Tuesday and Wednesday, falling even in region play
Eastside striker Tyrik Francis scored a hat trick and goalies Andres Sarmiento and Brain Worton held the Henry County Warhawks to one goal, as the Eagles varsity boys soccer team overpowered the Warhawks 8-1 in a non-region match on Senior Night Tuesday at Sharp Stadium in Covington.
Eastside seniors Alex Morvik and Becka McKelvey scored a goal apiece, and senior goalie Alexis Langford posted a clean sheet, as the Eastside girls varsity soccer team won its final home game of the season 4-0 over the visiting Henry County Lady Warhawks on a cold, blustery Senior Night Tuesday at Homer Sharp Stadium.
Capping off one of the Eastside Eagles boys basketball team's finest seasons in school history, Eastside senior guard Treyvon Francis was named an all-state basketball selection last month by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The Eastside Eagles boys and girls golf teams found themselves at the top of the rankings this week after the first round of the Newton Cup.
What a difference a week made for the Eastside High School varsity baseball team.
Eastside High School girls tennis coach Leah Carlisle knew that Morgan County presented a tough match-up for her team.
Good pitching and timely hitting gave the Eastside baseball team (10-6, 5-1 Region 8-AAAA) a 6-5 victory against region opponent Madison County (7-8, 0-5 Region 8-AAAA) on Monday night.
The Eastside Eagles boys varsity soccer team gave visiting Lanier High School all it could handle Tuesday night at Sharp Stadium, but while the Eagles survived 20 mph wind gusts and temperature dipping below 40 degrees, they were unable to hold off the Longhorns in the second half, falling 5-4.
The Eastside varsity girls soccer team continued its struggle through the 2014 season Tuesday at Sharp Stadium against visiting Lanier, giving up five goals in a 6-0 loss to the Lady Longhorns.
Monday was Armed Services Appreciation Day at Eastside's Eagle Field and some of our local veterans were treated to a night at the ballpark and a win 5-0 win by the home team over Region 8-AAAA foe Chestatee.
The Eastside Eagles hit the road Friday and traveled to Gainesville to face the Chestatee War Eagles in a Region-8AAAA match-up.