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Newton, Alcovy compete in region meet

The Rockdale County High School boys track and field team captured the 2014 Region 2-AAAAAA title Wednesday afternoon, besting second place Newton High for top honors in the league.

April 17, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton


Eastside sweeps Newton Cup

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.

April 17, 2014 | Matt Smith | Eastside


Newton trio sign

Three Newton High School baseball players inked their National Letters of Intent in a ceremony in front of a hundred teammates, family and friends Wednesday morning, pledging to continue their playing careers next season on the collegiate level.

April 16, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton


Honoring a Legend

All across the nation Tuesday Major League Baseball teams honored the 67th anniversary of the day that Jackie Robinson played his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

April 15, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Porterdale Blue Caps gave 'hope'

In the 1960s, Newton County baseball fans wouldn't find the best baseball being played under bright lights or inside of a huge stadium.

April 15, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Negro League team finds home in Atlanta

A baseball team named the Black Crackers may draw laughs and snickers today, but in the 1930s, the name struck fear into opposing teams throughout the southeast.

April 15, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Oxford tennis tournament drawing near

Oxford College will host a tennis tournament May 3 honoring one of the state's tennis pioneers.

April 15, 2014 | Matt Smith | Oxford College


Ware picks Georgia State

Former University of Louisville and Rockdale County High School basketball standout Kevin Ware announced this past weekend that the guard will continue his playing career at Georgia State.

April 14, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Rams rally past Red Devils

It took a few innings for the Newton varsity baseball team's offense to get moving Friday night on the road at Druid Hills, but the Rams clawed their way to an 8-5 victory over the Red Devils, remaining atop Region 2-AAAAAA.

April 11, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton


Check out our videos from the Masters with Vince Johnson

April 11, 2014 | Matt Smith | Masters 2014


Ashton Hills offers beauty, challenge

For full 2014 Masters coverage, visit the Covington News's dedicated Masters page.

April 10, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Ashton Hills offers beauty, challenge

Since 2012, the Ashton Hills Golf Club has offered Newton County golfers a picture of golf perfection, captivating players with its challenging, yet artistic, design.

April 10, 2014 | Matt Smith | Masters 2014


Francis earns all-state honors

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.

April 10, 2014 | Matt Smith | Eastside


Rams keep winning; walk drops Eagles

The Newton Rams and Eastside Eagles varsity baseball teams hit the road Tuesday night in region action.

April 09, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton


Tigers take first at Bonnie Maddox

The Alcovy Tigers boys' track and field team took home first place honors Saturday at the 2014 Bonnie Maddox Invitational Relay, breezing through the boys' field with 140 total points.

April 08, 2014 | Matt Smith | Alcovy


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Eastside Athlete of the Week: Francis

For his efforts on the basketball court, Eagles senior Treyvon Francis has been named the Eastside Athlete of the Week.

January 28, 2014 | Matt Smith | Eastside


Newton rallies in overtime

The Newton boys varsity basketball team needed overtime Saturday to handle Cedar Shoals, but in the end, the Rams rallied from a first-quarter deficit to defeat the Jaguars 51-46 on the road in non-region play.

January 28, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton


Alcovy Athlete of the Week: Hodges

After leading the Lady Tigers in scoring in back-to-back games, Alcovy forward Tierra Hodges has been named the Alcovy Athlete of the Week.

January 25, 2014 | Matt Smith | Alcovy


Newton quiets Lady Tigers' roar

It took almost three quarters for the Lady Rams to look like themselves Friday night, but Newton poured on 20 points in the fourth quarter to earn its eighth region victory of the season, defeating rival Alcovy 64-48 on the road.

January 25, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton


Rams complete season sweep

The Tigers might not have proven much of a test, but the Newton Rams varsity basketball team didn't take Alcovy any less seriously Friday night than it would any other opponent.

January 25, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton


Newton Athlete of the Week: Glover

After leading the Rams with 21 points against region foe Lovejoy, Newton guard Jalen Glover has been named the Newton Athlete of the Week.

January 23, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton


Estes named Redskins' coach

A familiar foe to the Redskins' football program will now call Social Circle home, as the Redskins announced this week that Monroe Area defensive coordinator Chad Estes will take over as the Redskins' head football coach.

January 23, 2014 | Matt Smith | Social Circle


Rivalry returns; Eastside seeks retribution

Friday night is shaping up to be a great hoops night in Newton County, as Newton High and Alcovy renew their rivalry for the second time this season and Eastside welcomes Johnson for a region match that may decide seeding in the Region 8-AAAA postseason tournament.

January 23, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton


Levi's status unclear

Alcovy High School boys' basketball coach Jabari Levi is on a health-related leave of absence from the Tigers' program, and his future with the program is unclear.

January 23, 2014 | Matt Smith | Alcovy


Eagles handle Indians

The Eastside Eagles boys varsity basketball team extended its win streak to 10 Tuesday night on the road, handling Stephens County 67-50 in region play.

January 22, 2014 | Matt Smith | Eastside


Area softball players earn region accolades

Eight Alcovy and Newton High School softball players earned Region 2-AAAAAA all-region honors, the region announced last week, with the Tigers headlining the programs with three first-team selections.

January 21, 2014 | Matt Smith | Alcovy


Eastside Athlete of the Week: Spears

Eastside wing Adriana Spears has been named the Eastside Athlete of the Week after leading the Lady Eagles with 18 points in Eastside's 68-43 victory over Walnut Grove.

January 21, 2014 | Matt Smith | Eastside


Eagles demolish Chestatee

The Eastside Eagles varsity basketball team captured its ninth consecutive victory Friday night on the road, demolishing Chestatee 55-38 in Region 8-AAAA action.

January 21, 2014 | Matt Smith | Eastside


Newton Athlete of the Week: Booker

After pacing the Lady Rams with 10 points in its 51-19 victory over Druid Hills Tuesday night, Newton senior Mercedes Booker has been named the Newton Athlete of the Week.

January 17, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton


Eagles shine on Senior Night

The Eastside Eagles varsity wrestling team rounded out its home schedule with a Senior Night to remember Wednesday, defeating Salem 45-36.

January 17, 2014 | Matt Smith | Eastside


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