Eastside boys extend winning streak

· COVINGTON - Apparently moving down from Class AAAA to Class AAA has helped the Eastside boys soccer team as it is a perfect 4-0 for the season, including 2-0 in Area 8-AAA.

The Eagles beat Morgan County 2-0 on Tuesday before getting a 5-0 win over Franklin County on Wednesday.

Yanrick Tinker and Trent Taylor provided most of the points for Eastside in the area games with three and two goals respectively.

Also adding to the tally with one goal each were Will McQuaig and Tyler Edmiston.

Eastside keeper Greg Morrell gave the Eagles their first shutouts of the season with a total of 12 saves.

Newton splits on the links

· COVINGTON - The Newton girls golf team kept its composure to hold off Union Grove in its 84-85 win at the Oaks Course on Tuesday.

Shooting the low round of 37 for seven holes was Newton's Lydia Mikula.

"She's driving the ball well and basically has improved on all aspects of her game," Newton girls coach Kay Wright said. "She's excited to assume a leadership position on the team and is determined to do well this season."

Despite Newton's Franklin Clackum having the low score of 44 over nine holes for the boys, the rest of the team was unable to follow his example in its 179-209 loss.

Lady Pats rise in Class AAAA soccer

· CONYERS - After starting the season unranked, the Heritage girls soccer team is without a defeat in their first six games with a record of 3-0-3.

The Lady Patriots are the No. 7 ranked team in AAAA in the third week after being unranked in preseason and entering the rankings at No. 9 after the first week.

All three Heritage wins were against Area 8-AAAA opponents, beating Cedar Shoals (10-0), Madison County (10-0) and Habersham-Central (4-2)

Their ties have come against state-ranked teams.

They had a 1-1 tie with Grayson and Lakeside, Evans and a scoreless tie against Kennesaw Mountain.

Grayson and Kennesaw Mountain are both ranked in Class AAAAA, being ranked No. 6 and No. 10 with Lakeside, Evans ranked the No. 9 team in Class AAAA.

Grayson is also ranked No. 13 in all classifications.

Helping Heritage achieve its standing are Constance Bates (six goals, two assists), Brittany Gray (five goals, one assist) and Michelle Borg (four goals, five assists).

"Kelly Behrend (goal keeper) has played exceptionally well while filling in for injured Melissa Drish, recording 21 saves, allowing only three goals and two shutouts," Heritage coach Chad Suddeth said.

The next games for the Lady Patriots are against Woodward Academy (ranked No. 2 in AAA and No. 9 in all classifications) on Wednesday and area opponent at Clarke Central on Friday.