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 upset bug made its way around Newton County this weekend, and the Lady Eagles proved Saturday that they weren't immune to the disease.
Regulation wasn't enough to decide the Class AAAA state basketball tournament opening round winner between Eastside and Grady Saturday afternoon, but overtime proved to be no friend to the Eagles in a 62-50 loss to the visiting Knights.
Berry College freshmen swimmers Robbie and Joey Ellwanger competed last Sunday at the Southern Athletic Association Championship swim meet.
The 2014 version of the Eastside High School baseball team traveled across town Wednesday night, opening its season against Newton High School.
The Eastside Eagles picked an unfortunate time to play their worst basketball game of the season as the Eagles were steamrolled by the Johnson Knights 88-67 in the Region 8-AAAA championship game at Lanier High School Tuesday night.
An up-and-down region season for the Eastside Lady Eagles ended on a down note Tuesday night, as the Chestatee Lady War Eagles battled back in the fourth quarter to win the Region 8-AAAA Championship game 51-50 at Lanier High School.
If all-region selections are an indicator of how well Newton County's basketball teams should do in this week's region tournaments, then the county has a lot to look forward to on championship Monday.
If balancing the roles of high school teacher and assistant football/baseball coach weren't already hard enough, try doing it along with training athletes across the region.
The Eastside Eagles put an exclamation point on their season Friday night on the road, capping off their regular season schedule with an 80-43 road victory over Monroe Area.
In a game that saw Eastside sleepwalk through the first period, only to come back to life in the second and third quarters, it came down to a frenetic fourth as the Lanier Lady Longhorns took a physical 42-38 win over the Lady Eagles at Lanier High School Wednesday night.
No one said Eastside's 15th consecutive win was going to be easy - especially not coach Greg Freeman – who had predicted that the Lanier Longhorns' height would present problems for the Eagles.
Eastside senior track and field standout Nylah Chavis made her pledge to Georgia State University Wednesday on National Signing Day.
Eastside guard Deshantra Kelly led the Lady Eagles with 13 points this past weekend against rival Alcovy, earning the Eastside Player of the Week honor.
Coach Greg Freeman's eighth-ranked Eastside Eagles boy's varsity basketball team is looking more and more like a team that will make a lot of noise in the Class AAAA state tournament.
With a stifling defense and excellent 3-point shooting, the Eastside Lady Eagles led from start to finish and defeated the Madison County Lady Red Raiders 56-29 at home on Senior Night.