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Hershey's event coming to Newton County

Instead of their trademark chocolate bars, Hershey's is bringing fun and exercise to Newton County next month as the county prepares to host its first Hershey's Track & Field Games on Saturday, April 12.

March 18, 2014 | Matt Smith | Recreation


Tuesday cancellations

The following home Tuesday night contests have been cancelled due to incliment weather.

March 18, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Newton’s bats stay hot against Tigers

After putting up 29 combined runs in its two previous games, the Newton varsity baseball team's bats stayed hot Friday night, as Newton strung together 10 hits in a 7-2 victory over region rival Alcovy.

March 14, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton


Late score lifts Luella over Lady Tigers

Alcovy girls soccer coach Anna Hebert said before the start of Thursday night's contest against Luella that the Lady Lions would be an even match.

March 13, 2014 | Matt Smith | Alcovy


Lions’ second-half roar quiets Tigers

After an even first half, the Alcovy boys soccer team's night ended with a whimper Thursday night against Luella, falling 5-1 to the Lions while giving up four second-half goals.

March 13, 2014 | Matt Smith | Alcovy


Alcovy coach formally resigns

After months of turmoil, Alcovy boys varsity basketball coach Jabari Levi has resigned from his head coaching position with the Tigers.

March 12, 2014 | Matt Smith | Alcovy


Steele makes college choice

Eastside senior baseball player Hanks Steele made his pledge to Middle Georgia State College Tuesday afternoon, signing his National Letter of Intent with the Knights' program in front of coaches, family and friends.

March 11, 2014 | Matt Smith | Eastside


Tigers edge Bulldogs in pitchers’ duel

In a duel between pitchers Tuesday night, the Alcovy varsity baseball team walked away with a region win over Rockdale County, edging the Bulldogs 1-0 on the road.

March 11, 2014 | Matt Smith | Alcovy


Seeing STARs

Player safety has moved to the forefront of football discussions at all levels, with head and brain safety the key issue.

March 08, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Rams, Lions split on the pitch

A muddy, sloppy night for the Newton soccer program ended in a Friday night split at home in non-region action, as the Lady Rams picked up a win over visiting MLK High School before the boys fell in the nightcap.

March 07, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton


Seminoles chop down Tigers

The Salem Seminoles varsity baseball team didn't put together much offense Wednesday night on the road against Alcovy, but the Seminoles got enough in the opening inning to pick up a 4-2 non-region victory.

March 05, 2014 | Matt Smith | Alcovy


Eagles, Tigers drop matches

The Eastside Eagles boys soccer team dropped its first match of the season on the road Monday night, falling 3-1 to Rockdale County in non-region action.

March 05, 2014 | Matt Smith | Eastside


Rams’ tennis swept by rival

The Newton boys and girls tennis teams dropped a pair of sweeps Tuesday night to region rival Rockdale County in Region 2-AAAAAA action.

March 05, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton


Tigers sweep, Eagles win thriller

The Alcovy Tigers boys and girls varsity soccer teams opened up region play with a bang Friday night, sweeping Morrow on the road in their region openers.

March 04, 2014 | Matt Smith | Alcovy


Rams' bats not enough

The Newton Rams made history Friday night, knocking their first home run out of the park at Ram Field, but history wasn't enough to defeat the Columbia Eagles, as Newton fell 12-9 in non-region play.

March 01, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton


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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


Eagles stay perfect; Newton gets road win

The Eastside Eagles put an exclamation point on their season Friday night on the road, capping off their regular season schedule with an 80-43 road victory over Monroe Area.

February 08, 2014 | Matt Smith | Eastside


Alcovy Athlete of the Week: Wimbush

Alcovy forward Ayanna Wimbush has been named the Alcovy Athlete of the Week after scoring in double figures Friday night for the Lady Tigers against visiting Luella.

February 08, 2014 | Matt Smith | Alcovy


Alcovy falters in final minutes

The Lady Tigers varsity basketball team came close to its second victory in as many days Friday night at home on Senior Night, but surrendered a six-point fourth-quarter lead to Luella in the final minutes, falling 48-35.

February 07, 2014 | Matt Smith | Alcovy


Lions' length limits Tigers

It's been a tough season for the Alcovy varsity basketball team, but in their final home game of 2014, the Tigers proved one thing true – they're not quitters.

February 07, 2014 | Matt Smith | Alcovy


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