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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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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


Games rescheduled due to inclement weather

Due to frigid weather throughout the Southeast, Tuesday night games throughout Newton County were canceled or rescheduled.

January 07, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Eagles, Rams and Tigers hit the road

The Newton, Eastside and Alcovy basketball programs hit the road Saturday in non-region action. The Rams traveled just a few miles to take on rival Salem, while the Eagles traveled to Henry County , and the Tigers made a trip up north to take on Gainesville. Full game coverage can be found later this weekend.

January 04, 2014 | Matt Smith | Eastside


Rams run into buzzsaw

The Newton Rams varsity basketball team ran into a buzzsaw Friday night, falling 73-67 to Luella on the road.

January 04, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton


Alcovy stumbles on the road against Wildcats

Miscues at the free-throw line doomed the Alcovy girls varsity basketball team Friday night on the road, as the Lady Tigers fell 46-39 in region play to Lovejoy.

January 04, 2014 | Matt Smith | Alcovy


Eagles, Rams steal the show

Basketball teams throughout Newton County were busy competing for championships during the holiday season.

January 02, 2014 | Matt Smith | Eastside


Junior Wimbush easing into leading role with Lady Tigers

It hasn't been a smooth transition at times this season for the Alcovy girls varsity basketball team, but if the effort and attitude displayed by junior guard Ayanna Wimbush are any indication, then the Lady Tigers aren't down in the dumps – they're eager to get better. Wimbush, a junior who helped to pace the Lady Tigers to a 22-7 overall record and a perfect 12-0 mark in region play a season ago, has had to take on a more demanding role than the one she held in the past.

December 31, 2013 | Matt Smith | Alcovy


Kelly keyed in for Lady Eagles

Sometimes, fate forces players to step up, giving them the opportunity to shine when the chance might not have been present before.

December 28, 2013 | Matt Smith | Eastside


Edwards faces Aggies in homecoming

It might not have been a white Christmas for Duke redshirt freshman DeVon Edwards, but the Blue Devils' defensive back wouldn't have it any other way.

December 28, 2013 | Matt Smith | Alcovy


Reed hitting the right note

There were a lot of expectations placed on the Newton Lady Rams varsity basketball team on opening night this season.

December 26, 2013 | Matt Smith | Newton


Francis finding his rhythm

Before the 2013-2014 season, Eastside boys varsity basketball coach Greg Freeman let anyone within earshot know that his senior guard was coming for them.

December 26, 2013 | Matt Smith | Eastside


A family affair

While most families will spend Christmas morning discussing presents under the tree and what foods will be filling their bellies as sugar plums dance in their heads, one Newton family's focus may be turned more toward the hardwood than sleigh bells.

December 23, 2013 | Matt Smith | Newton


All-region players named

Six Alcovy Tigers and four Newton Rams were named to the Region 2-AAAAAA all-region football team, the region announced this week.

December 21, 2013 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Holiday tournaments ahead

While many athletes will spend their winter breaks resting, basketball programs around Newton County will hit the hardwood for holiday tournaments.

December 21, 2013 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


From the Cheap Seats

For the second time this season, the Atlanta Falcons will be featured on "Monday Night Football" tomorrow night against San Francisco.

December 21, 2013 | Matt Smith | Sports Columnists


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