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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


Jordan joins Wolves’ program

Alcovy soccer player Alex Jordan will join the West Georgia Wolves' program next season, the senior announced in front of teammates, coaches, friends and family Thursday at Alcovy High School.

February 27, 2014 | Matt Smith | Alcovy


Inspiring change off the court

For the 1965 R.L. Cousins basketball team, its play on the court didn't begin as a symbol or a beacon of hope for future generations.

February 27, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Mustangs sweep Tigers on the court

The Alcovy boys tennis programed dropped a 4-1 decision Thursday night at home to visiting Ola, staving off the Mustangs' sweep with a victory in No. 1 doubles.

February 27, 2014 | Matt Smith | Alcovy


Lady Tigers outlast Eastside

After an even first half against its rivals, the Alcovy girls soccer team turned up the intensity Tuesday night at Homer Sharp Stadium, scoring a pair of second-half goals to outlast Eastside 3-1.

February 25, 2014 | Matt Smith | Alcovy


Eagles’ offense lights up Tigers

It was a banner night for the Eastside boys soccer team's offense Tuesday night at Homer Sharp Stadium, as the Eagles lit up the Alcovy Tigers 7-0 in non-region action.

February 25, 2014 | Matt Smith | Eastside


Grapplers take on states

Four Newton County wrestlers earned top-5 finishes this weekend at the Georgia High School Association Class AAAAAA and Class AAAA traditional state duals, with Newton's A.J. Palomino taking home the county's top prize with a second-place finish in the Class AAAAAA event.

February 25, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton


Eagles release 2014 football schedule

The Eastside Eagles football team will see plenty of changes in 2014 - a new region, new opponents and new postseason opportunities - but the most startling difference on their 2014 schedule released last week may be the loss of a rival.

February 25, 2014 | Matt Smith | Eastside


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Lady Eagles catch upset bug

The upset bug made its way around Newton County this weekend, and the Lady Eagles proved Saturday that they weren't immune to the disease.

February 22, 2014 | Matt Smith | Eastside


Eagles end season in overtime

Regulation wasn't enough to decide the Class AAAA state basketball tournament opening round winner between Eastside and Grady Saturday afternoon, but overtime proved to be no friend to the Eagles in a 62-50 loss to the visiting Knights.

February 22, 2014 | Matt Smith | Eastside


Ellwangers compete at SAA championships

Berry College freshmen swimmers Robbie and Joey Ellwanger competed last Sunday at the Southern Athletic Association Championship swim meet.

February 22, 2014 | Matt Smith | Eastside


Spring schedules warming up

With winter slowing down and spring warming up, Newton, Alcovy and Eastside's spring sports schedule are beginning to take shape.

February 22, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Edwards earns academic honors

Former Alcovy standout DeVon Edwards wrapped up his outstanding 2013 season with the Duke University football team with an honor off the field last week.

February 22, 2014 | Matt Smith | Alcovy


Lady Tigers fall in tournament opener

The Alcovy girls varsity basketball team fell 84-45 in the opening round of the Class AAAAAA state tournament to Hillgrove on the road.

February 21, 2014 | Matt Smith | Alcovy


Explosive Hawks knock off Rams

An explosive second half helped the visiting Hillgrove Hawks knock off host Newton 56-44 Friday night in the opening round of the Class AAAAAA state tournament.

February 21, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton


Free throw woes end Newton’s season

After completing a perfect run through region competition, the Newton girls varsity basketball team ran into a buzz saw Friday night against visiting North Cobb in the opening round of the Class AAAAAA state tournament, dropping a 59-50 decision to the Lady Warriors.

February 21, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton


Teams prepare for state playoffs

Five Newton County basketball teams begin their state playoff runs this weekend, with Newton and Alcovy tipping off action tonight in the Class AAAAAA opening round.

February 20, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Lady Tigers finish third in region

The Alcovy Lady Tigers finished up their season as the third-ranked team in Region 2-AAAAAA, defeating Rockdale County 42-36 Tuesday night in tournament consolation action.

February 19, 2014 | Matt Smith | Alcovy


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


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