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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


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


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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


Newton Athlete of the Week: Hill

After leading the Newton Rams to a pair of back-to-back wins over rivals Salem and Rockdale County, Newton guard D.J. Hill has been named the Rams' Athlete of the Week.

January 09, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton


Hill, Sims lead Newton rout

It was a rout from the get-go Wednesday night in Covington, as the Newton Rams defeated rival Rockdale County 65-49 to move to 3-2 overall in Region 2-AAAAAA.

January 08, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton


Lady Rams turn up pressure

It took over two quarters of play, but when the Newton Lady Rams varsity basketball team finally woke up Wednesday night, they woke up energized, outscoring Rockdale County by 15 in the second half, edging the Lady Bulldogs 56-45 at home in Region 2-AAAAAA action.

January 08, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton


Newton advances to state duals

The Rockdale County wrestling team will once again represent Region 2-AAAAAA at the Georgia High School Team Dual Wrestling Championship, edging Luella and Newton at the Area 2-AAAAAA duals this past weekend.

January 07, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton


Eagles handle Henry County

The Eastside Eagles varsity basketball team picked up its 11th win of the season Saturday on the road, handling Henry County 58-43.

January 07, 2014 | Matt Smith | Eastside


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