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Alcovy’s offense stays hot

The Alcovy varsity baseball team's offense continued to light up opponents Tuesday night, downing Morrow 11-1 a night after putting up 11 runs on region foe Lovejoy.

April 23, 2014 | Matt Smith | Alcovy


Newton’s late goal spoils Seminoles’ Senior Night

A late goal helped the Newton Rams boys varsity soccer team spoil the Salem Seminoles Senior Night Tuesday on the road.

April 22, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton


Lady Seminoles top Newton

It was a Senior Night to remember for the Lady Seminoles varsity soccer team Tuesday, as Salem routed rival Newton County 8-1 in its final regular season contest.

April 22, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton


Tigers' offense keeps playoff hopes alive

The Alcovy Tigers varsity baseball team batted its way to an 11-1 region victory Monday night over the Lovejoy Wildcats, plating six runs over the first two innings while tallying nine hits.

April 22, 2014 | Matt Smith | Alcovy


Brick by brick

Social Circle City School system announced Tuesday that it would begin a brick sponsorship campaign Tuesday to help supplement its $7.8 million athletic complex.

April 22, 2014 | Matt Smith | Social Circle


Rams take second at 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 19, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton


Newton girls reach tennis finals, Tigers place third

The Newton High girls tennis team and Alcovy Tigers boys tennis program made runs at region titles this past week, with the Lady Rams falling to Rockdale County in the league finals while the Tigers bested Newton's boys in the third place consolation final.

April 19, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Boston strong

In times of tragedy, the United States has the unique ability to blend sports and American resolve.

April 19, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


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


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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


Lions roar past Alcovy

The Alcovy Tigers boys varsity basketball team dropped its 11th consecutive game Tuesday night, falling 82-45 to Luella in Region 2-AAAAAA action on the road.

January 15, 2014 | Matt Smith | Alcovy


Eastside Athlete of the Week: Henderson

With a scoring outburst against rival Newton Saturday afternoon, Eastside senior guard Anthony Henderson earned the Eagles' Athlete of the Week nod, helping Eastside defeat the Rams 58-49.

January 14, 2014 | Matt Smith | Eastside


Athlete of the Week: Alcovy's Waneisha Morris

For her efforts on the basketball court this week, Alcovy senior Waneisha Morris has been named the Alcovy Athlete of the Week.

January 11, 2014 | Matt Smith | Alcovy


Alcovy struggles against Bulldogs

With a 19-point lead well into the fourth quarter Friday night, Rockdale sophomore Jalen Jordan let Bulldog fans know that he had arrived.

January 11, 2014 | Matt Smith | Alcovy


Slow start deters Alcovy

Alcovy point guard Waneisha Morris broke the 20-point mark Friday night in region action, but the senior's 26-point effort wasn't enough to overcome visiting Rockdale County, as the Lady Tigers fell 70-56 at home.

January 11, 2014 | Matt Smith | Alcovy


From the Cheap Seats

One of the first lessons my parents preached to me was that life is not always fair.

January 09, 2014 | Matt Smith | Sports Columnists


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