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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


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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


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


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