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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


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


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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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