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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


The Oaks Course steeped in golf history

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

April 08, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


The Oaks Course steeped in golf history

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

April 08, 2014 | Matt Smith | Masters 2014


Timely hitting lifts Rockdale over Tigers

No one would say Friday's match-up on the diamond between the Alcovy Tigers and Rockdale County Bulldogs was the prettiest game ever played, but the Bulldogs overcame three errors and used timely hitting to put an important victory in the win-loss column, defeating the Tigers 6-4 on the road in region play.

April 04, 2014 | Matt Smith | Alcovy


Tigers score often against Putnam County

The Alcovy Tigers varsity baseball team stepped out of region play Wednesday, traveling to Putnam County to take on the War Eagles.

April 03, 2014 | Matt Smith | Alcovy


Big first half leads Rockdale past Alcovy

Senior forward Devon Dawkins tallied a pair of goals and Rockdale County netted three first-half scores Thursday night on the road at Sharp Stadium, outlasting rival Alcovy 4-2 in a region battled that moved the Bulldogs to third in the Region 2-AAAAAA soccer standings.

April 03, 2014 | Matt Smith | Alcovy


Lady Tigers score big in overtime

Regulation wasn't enough to decide who'd come out on top Thursday night at Sharp Stadium between the Alcovy and Rockdale County High School girls soccer programs, but a single goal in overtime settled the score, as the Lady Tigers edged Rockdale 3-2 in Region 2-AAAAAA action.

April 03, 2014 | Matt Smith | Alcovy


Eagles lead Newton Cup

The Eastside Eagles boys and girls golf teams found themselves at the top of the rankings this week after the first round of the Newton Cup.

April 03, 2014 | Matt Smith | Eastside


Soccer round-up: Eastside, Tigers fall

In soccer action Tuesday night, the Eastside Eagles and Alcovy Tigers left behind the friendly confines of Sharp Stadium, hitting the road to take on Monroe Area and Ola, respectively.

April 02, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


From the Cheap Seats

There's no better time of the year for a college basketball fan than March - until you get to April.

April 01, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Lady Patriots edge Newton in doubles

The Newton High girls tennis team stepped out of region play Monday, taking on the Heritage Lady Patriots at home in a non-region contest.

April 01, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton


Sheppard earns weekly honors

Claflin University softball player Markea Sheppard was named the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week March 26, helping the Panthers pick up four wins over Morris College and Paine College in back-to-back doubleheaders contests March 24-25.

April 01, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Lady Eagles excel on Senior Night

Eastside High School girls tennis coach Leah Carlisle knew that Morgan County presented a tough match-up for her team.

April 01, 2014 | Matt Smith | Eastside


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Rams’ magic runs out

Foul line struggles ended the Newton Rams' run for a region title Tuesday night, as Newton fell 50-46 to Luella at home in the finals of the Region 2-AAAAAA tournament.

February 18, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton


Unmatched perfection

Perfection comes only every so often in sports.

February 18, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton


Rams erase second-half deficit to reach finals

It wasn't how newton coach Rick Rasmussen would have drawn it up, but in the end, Rasmussen and the Rams were elated to walk away with a 55-51 victory over Lovejoy Monday night in the semifinals of the Region 2-AAAAAA tournament.

February 18, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton


Lady Rams reach finals

It wasn't the prettiest performance Monday night from the Newton girls varsity basketball team, but in the end, the Lady Rams put forth just enough effort to edge rival Alcovy 64-46, reaching the Region 2-AAAAAA tournament finals.

February 18, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton


Region 2-AAAAAA Tournament Central

Newton High School hosted the quarterfinals of the Region 2-AAAAAA boys and girls basketball tournaments Saturday, with three of the four Newton County teams in action.

February 15, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton


Simply the best

If all-region selections are an indicator of how well Newton County's basketball teams should do in this week's region tournaments, then the county has a lot to look forward to on championship Monday.

February 15, 2014 | Matt Smith | Eastside


Training for a cause

If balancing the roles of high school teacher and assistant football/baseball coach weren't already hard enough, try doing it along with training athletes across the region.

February 15, 2014 | Matt Smith | Eastside


Lady Redskins make history

The Social Circle Middle School girls basketball team made history Feb. 8, bringing home the Piedmont Athletic Conference Championship with a 36-22 victory over Putnam County Middle School in front of a capacity crowd at Jasper County High School.

February 15, 2014 | Matt Smith | Social Circle


State tournaments rescheduled

Due to last week's winter weather, the Georgia High School Association has rescheduled varsity basketball and wrestling state tournament dates.

February 15, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Wrestling tournament delayed

The Georgia High School Association announced that the Georgia High School Traditional Dual Wrestling Championships scheduled for this weekend have been postponed.

February 12, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Local basketball icon Jaynes remembered

Former Newton County Basketball standout Betty Faith Jaynes, 68, died Monday, Feb. 10, in Athens after a brief illness.

February 11, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton


Wed Update: Tournament games postponed

UPDATED: Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

February 10, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


County wrestlers advance to state duals

Eight Newton County grapplers will continue their wrestling careers this weekend after qualifying for the Georgia High School Association Class AAAAAA State Traditional Duals Championships.

February 10, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Lady Rams clinch perfect region record

The Newton girls varsity basketball team made history Saturday night, giving coach Tiffani Johnson her first perfect 12-0 region season as the Lady Rams' head coach.

February 08, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton


Lions spoil Senior Night

It was a performance to forget Saturday afternoon for the Newton High boys varsity basketball team, as the Rams uncharacteristically struggled against visiting Luella in a 31-17 Senior Night loss.

February 08, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton


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