New re­gion, new dis­trict, new year

The Covington News - - Sports - BRYAN FAZIO bfazio@cov­

With school more than a week in ses­sion, that also means fall sports have ar­rived.

Area high school teams were the first to take the field as Al­covy, New­ton and East­side not only be­gan the 2012 sea­son, but also were the first teams at their re­spec­tive schools to play in a new re­gion and dis­trict af­ter re­align­ment by the Ge­or­gia High School As­so­ci­a­tion last spring.

Al­covy makes the big­gest jump in dis­tricts this sea­son, go­ing from Re­gion 3-AAAA to Re­gion 2-AAAAAAA, the state’s new­est, big­gest clas­si­fi­ca­tion.

The Tigers soft­ball team de­feated Shiloh 6-1 in its opener Fri­day night. The Tigers played South Forsyth, Ea­gles Land­ing Chris­tian Academy and Brook­wood in the Brook­wood Tour­na­ment Satur­day.

Al­covy fin­ished 12-15 in 2011 but grad­u­ated only one se­nior, Sa­man­tha Cro­nan off that team.

New­ton also goes to the state’s big­gest clas­si­fi­ca­tion this year, jump­ing from the pre­vi­ous largest clas­si­fi­ca­tion AAAAA to Re­gion 2-AAAAAA with its neigh­bors Al­covy.

Rock­dale and Druid Hills fill out sub­re­gion A with New­ton and Al­covy, and Love­joy, Luella and Morrow, all in sub­re­gion B, round out the re­gion.

New­ton also be­gan play on the soft­ball di­a­mond Fri­day, fall­ing to Fayette County 5-2. The Rams, who fin­ished 13-9 in 2011, next step on the di­a­mond at Her­itage on Wed­nes­day.

East­side also jumps up in clas­si­fi­ca­tion, go­ing from Re­gion 4-AAA to Re­gion 8-AAAA.

The Ea­gles played an ex­hi­bi­tion soft­ball game against Union Grove on Thurs­day, be­fore de­feat­ing Jack­son and Luella in the Di­a­mond Clas­sic in Grif­fin on Fri­day. The tour­na­ment con­tin­ued with East­side play­ing three rain-de­layed games on Satur­day.

East­side will look to build on a sea­son that saw it ad­vance to the sec­ond round of the state playoffs, fall­ing to Har­lem in 2011. How­ever, it will have to put to­gether a suc­cess­ful 2012 with­out grad­u­ated play­ers Bianca Reed, Amanda Hawkins, Emily Al­mond and Tay­lor Causey.

East­side will play at Madi­son County Tues­day at 4:30 p.m. and will re­turn home, to Ge­or­gia Perime­ter Col­lege, on Satur­day play­ing Mor­gan at 10 a.m. and Lovett at 2:30 p.m.

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