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King takes over helm for Lady Eagles basketball

There is no doubt that Matthew Jackson did a good job with Eastside girls basketball program taking them to the playoffs four of the past five years. Gladys King, who was the Rockdale girls head basketball coach for the past three seasons, will try to take the Lady Eagles to the next level as their new head coach.

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Rams advance to finals of Cam Newton 7-on-7 series

Newton’s football team has a great amount of confidence as they get ready to start the 2015 season as they went undefeated and won the Cam Newton 7-on-7 high school football tournament series at the North Cobb High School site.

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PGA Championship could be a dream come true for Oaks’ Miller

Gary Miller could have a chance to play against the best of the best in the PGA Championship in August at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisc.

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Hawkins, Beshears make softball history

Former softball player Morgan Beshears of Alcovy and Amanda Hawkins of Eastside had their dreams come true as they helped raise the 2015 NCAA Division II Softball Championship trophy following their 5-0 win over Dixie State.

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Holloman is epitome of a team player

Newton’s Jeremiah Holloman was not going to let something like a badly hurt knee to keep him from winning a Class AAAAAA state championship in the triple jump in the 2015 GHSA Boys State Track and Field Meet at Memorial Stadium in Jefferson.

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A stumble not enough to keep Stokes from winning a state championship

Eastside’s Eric Stokes thought he was on his way to an easy to win in the 400-meter dash of Class AAAA GHSA Boys Track and Field meet but ended up winning by seven-thousandth of a second with a time of 47.902 seconds.

Eastside girls finish 11 at Class AAAA state golf tournament

Eastside’s girls golf team had a good showing finishing 11th shooting a 290 at the Class AAAA GHSA state championship at Applewood County Club in Keysville on Monday.

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Eastside girls golf team to participate in state tournament

The Eastside girls golf team have checked off two of the three goals they’ve had this season. First they retained the Newton Cup and they made it to the Class AAAA tournament. Now they have one more goal and that’s to finish in the top 10 in the state tournament at Applewood Golf Course in Keysville on Monday.

Eastside’s Francis, Walden selected to DiVarsity all-star team

Eastside’s Tyrik Francis and Haley Walden will once again show why they are elite players after getting selected to play in the 2015 DiVarsity All-Star game at Sprayberry High School on Sunday.

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Wimbush sign to play at Truett-McConnell

Alcovy’s Ayanna Wimbush got the chance to continue playing basketball after recently signing with Truett-McConnell College.

Wilkins makes most of opportunity getting signed with Oakland

It seems that Newton and Rockdale counties are being put on the NFL map as former Alcovy football player Gary Wilkins becomes the third local player to sign to play professionally.

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Eastside falls 8-0 to No. 3 Whitewater in second round of playoffs

Eastside’s boys soccer team ran into a buzz saw late in the game as they ended their season with an 8-0 loss to Whitewater in the second round of the Class AAAA playoffs on Wednesday.

Freeman leaves Eastside after turning program around

After four succesful seasons as Eastside’s head basketball coach Greg Freeman is stepping down.

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Another Newton player heads to the NFL as Hunt sign with Giants

Akeem Hunt felt disappointment, anger and pure disbelief when the Arizona Cardinals called Louisville’s Gerald Christian’s name for the final pick of the 2105 NFL Draft.

Newton, Eastside fall first round of baseball playoffs

It was a rough road trip in baseball playoff series for Eastside and Newton as they were both eliminated for their hope of a state championship.

Eastside tops Wayne County 4-1 in soccer playoffs

The Eastside boys soccer team may not have controlled the tempo of the game in the first half but they controlled the scoreboard beating No. 1 seed Wayne COunty 4-1 in the first round of Class AAAAAA playoffs on Thursday.

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Thonton signs with GSU track team

Four years of hard work and perseverance has paid off for Eastside’s Breanna Thornton earning a track and field scholarship to Georgia Southern University.

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Williams penalty kick lifts Heritage over Sequoyah in playoffs

Heritage’s boys soccer team showed that they can handle the pressure of being in the playoffs as they were pushed to penalty kicks before beating Sequoyah 3-2 in the first round of the Class AAAAA playoffs at Evans Memorial Stadium on Wednesday.

Injuries hurt Alcovy girls as they fall opening playoff round

The Alcovy girls soccer team’s lack of speed in their backfield allowed the Lady Trojans to gain the advantage as Lee County eliminated the Lady Tigers 4-2 in the first round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs at Homer Sharp Stadium on Tuesday.

Rockdale boys, Newton girls win track region championships

The region track meets saw runners take the top spot 26 times as 64 athletes advance to their sectional meets on Saturday.

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Eastside sweeps Spalding to advance to Class AAAA baseball playoffs

The Eastside Eagles showed what they were made of after fending off a determined Spalding baseball team to get the sweep in their Region 4-AAAA playoff games of Thursday.

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Eastside boys soccer team advance to playoffs despite loss

A spot in the Class AAAA playoffs was on the line when Eastside Eagles soccer team started their game against Jonesboro before the game was suspended due to poor field conditions on Friday forcing the game to be rescheduled for Wednesday at Homer Sharp Stadium.

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Rockdale wins first of three series in seeding battle

Rockdale did not play like they were coming off a six-game skid as they dominated Newton from the start to take the first of the three-game series with a 7-1 win on Tuesday.

Doering gets low medalist in Region 2-AAAAAA tournament, Alcovy girls and Rockdale boys win region

Alcovy’s Kaitlyn Doering was led the Lady Tigers to their third straight Region 2-AAAAAA title shooting a 111 as the Rockdale boys finished with a six-stroke lead over Lakeside to win their first region championship in the region tournament at The Oaks Course on Wednesday.

Eastside girls finish soccer season with confidence for future

The Eastside boys soccer team still has some unfinished business against Jonesboro while the girls ended the season in spectacular fashion beating the Lady Cardinals 9-1 at Homer Sharp Stadium on Friday.

Newton gets 12-8, 10-5 doubleheader win over Lovejoy

Newton’s baseball team were in a tough battle in the first game of Thursday’s doubleheader against Lovejoy before starting the second game with a big lead to win both games.

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Newton basketball sign three to play at next level

Three Newton boys basketball player beat the odds to sign to play at the next level.

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Alcovy boys, Eastside girls win Newton Cup

The Newton Cup has a new home after Alcovy defeated the Eastside boys for the first time in its 10-year history. The girls cup had a battle for second place with Newton almost coming back from an eight-stroke deficit while the Eastside girls easily retained the cup after the two-day tournament ending at The Oaks Course on Monday.

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Mathis inks with Brevard College

After spending some time deciding his best plan of action Eastside’s Quintrell Mathis came to the decision to play football at Brevard College in Brevard, N.C. As a senior wide receiver, Mathis led the Eagles averaging 17.9 yards per reception catching 13 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns. He also had 24 tackles with one for a loss and deflected a pass while playing linebacker. Joining Mathis for his signing were his mother Nicole Humphrey (right) and his aunt Sherry Clark. (Staff photo: Manny Fils)

Eastside sweeps Henry County in rain delayed doubleheader

Eastside’s baseball team got closer to achieving their goal of making it to the Class AAAA playoffs with their 13-1, 10-8 doubleheader sweep of Henry County on Monday.

Eastside explodes in third inning giving Eagles sweep over Walnut Grove

A big five-run, third inning gave the Eagles the margin they needed to give them an 11-6 win over Walnut Grove to sweep the two-game series on Thursday.

Nick Womack’s aids in Eastside’s 6-1 win batting in three runs

Not even three errors could stop the Eagles from getting the best of Walnut Grove as Eastside stayed in the thick of the Region 4-AAAA playoff race with a 6-1 win on Wednesday.

Alcovy errors helped Newton in three-game sweep

Eleven unearned runs off six errors by Alcovy helped the Rams sweep the three-game series and secure a trip to the Class AAAAAA playoffs for the third year in a row.

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Rockdale comes from behind for win over Tigers, Lady Tigers too much for Rockdale girls

Rockdale’s boys soccer team came back strong after falling to the Tigers to get a 3-1 win while the Alcovy girls handled whatever the Lady Bulldogs threw their way in an 8-0 win to split the match on Thursday.

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Broadnax proves he’s good at hitting his mark

It didn’t take long for Curtis Broadnax to go from an unknown to a respected shooter in the world of competitive archery.

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Eastside girls, Alcovy boys take lead into second round for cup

The Newton Cup boys golf trophy has always been at Eastside. But for the first time in 10 years the Alcovy boys golf team have a chance to give the cup a new home after taking a nine-stoke, 148-157, lead over Eastside and a 61-stroke lead over Newton (209) following the first round of play at Ashton Hills Golf Club on Monday.

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Alcovy boys clinch playoff spot with win over Newton

Alcovy’s boys soccer team fought hard to comeback from behind and hold on for the 2-1 win over Newton while the Alcovy’s Baylea Payne provided all the firepower needed scoring four goals as the Lady Tigers shutout Newton 5-0 in a Region 2-AAAAAA match on Friday.

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Hoff ready to take Eagles to next level

Newly named Eastside football head coach Troy Hoff is currently enjoying highs of the emotional rollercoaster he’s riding.

Alcovy boys get 17-stroke win over Eastside, Whiten’s 43 helps give Eastside girls win

Both Eastside and Alcovy know they feeling of winning and losing as they split their nine-hole golf match at Ashton Hills Golf Course on Tuesday.

Eastside unable to overcome errors

Eastside’s defense committed six errors helped Locust Grove get a 2-1 win in an important Region 4-AAAA game on Tuesday.

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Errors allow Tucker to top Newton by one run

Newton allowed one too many mistakes which allowed Tucker to score two unearned runs causing the Rams to lose a close 4-3 game on Monday.

Eastside swept by Class-AAAA, top-10 teams

Two mistakes by the Eastside boys team resulted in a 2-1 loss to Class AAAA No. 7 Spalding while the girls fell hard to the No. 9 Lady Jaguars.

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Richardson signs to wrestle at Truett-McConnell

Alcovy’s Austin Richardson is doing what very few people get a chance to do, wrestle at the next level. The 152-pounder will continue to battle on the mat after signing to wrestle for the Bears at Truett-McConnell.

Francis’ hat trick leads Eastside boys to win over Griffin, Lady Eagles suffers loss in final minute

Eastside’s offense led by Tyrik Francis’ three goals was too much for Griffin to handle in the 5-0 win while a late-minute goal by the Lady Bears handed the Eastside girls their second region loss of the season in the 3-2 final at Homer Sharp Stadium on Tuesday.

Falcons stadium funding plan upheld

The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday upheld the city of Atlanta’s plans to aid in financing the Falcons’ new $1.4 billion stadium.

Holloman wins three events at Jerry Arnold Georgia Challenge

Newton’s Jeremiah Holloman had three first-place finishes to help give the Rams a second-place finish in the 36-team meet at the Jerry Arnold Georgia Challenge at Mill Creek High School on Saturday.

Newton tennis tops Alcovy, suffers first region loss against Lakeside

Newton’s tennis team won big and lost big sweeping Alcovy 5-0 in the boys and girls matches on Tuesday before getting swept 5-0 in both matches by Lakeside on Thursday.

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Alcovy’s Mejia scored four goals in loss to Jackson, girls blank Lady Red Devils.

Alcovy’s Daniel Mejia and Jackson’s Ricardo Fresta had good performances scoring four goals but the rest of the Red Devils were able to add more goals than Alcovy in the 7-5 win while the Lady Tigers shutout Jackson’s girls 5-0 with freshman Baylea Payne getting four goals on Wednesday.

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Eastside girls get region 4-1 win over Walnut Grove, boys lose in PK

Eastside’s girls soccer team kept the Lady Warriors from establishing any type of offense as they controlled the pace of play in their 4-1 win while the Eagles were unable to do the same losing on the final penalty kick on Tuesday.

Newton boys win Need For Speed VI

A win by Jeremiah Hollman and six second-place finishes helped give the Newton boys track team to win the Need For Speed VI track meet at Parkview on Friday.