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Eagles fall apart in the fourth

The last time Eastside and Walnut Grove high schools basketball teams met up, the Eagles floundered a 16-point second half lead and lost by four ...

February 11, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


Lady Tigers playoff dreams denied

The No. 4 (Rockdale) and No. 5 (Alcovy) seeds in 2-AAAAAA met at Newton High School Wednesday in a fight for the playoffs. A win ...

February 10, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy


Notae, Simms & Hagans named All-Region

Three Newton Rams made the All-Region 2-AAAAAA basketball team and Rockdale's Jalen Jordan beat out Tucker's Kenton Eskridge and Newton's JD Notae ...

February 09, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Hodges named Player of the Year; Newton & Alcovy players highlight All-Region team

In her senior season after averaging 23 points per game and 12 rebounds, Tierra Hodges was named Region 2-AAAAAA Player of the Year by the ...

February 09, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy


Early voting begins today

It's a presidential election year, which means more voting than usual and for the need-to-know, which is everyone that can vote, there are a ...

February 06, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | LOCAL


Eagles strike revenge against Rams

It's been an eventful week for Eastside boys basketball. Isaiah Miller scored his 1000th career point in the first quarter against Locust Grove on ...

February 06, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


Lady Rams drop Lady Eagles on senior night

It was a mismatch coming in with Eastside sitting on a 5-18 record including a 1-10 mark in region play and the Lady Rams boasting ...

February 06, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Oxford win puts them in the driver seat

To control their own destiny for the No. 1 seed, Coach Roderick Stubbs and the Eagles needed a win over Southern Crescent Tech and with ...

February 06, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | Oxford College


Eagles beat Henry County with no Miller

Two starters, leading scorer Isaiah Miller and point guard Ronney McKee fouled out in the third quarter, in a back-and-forth contest with Henry County, but ...

February 03, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


Late 4th quarter push too late for Eastside

The Lady Eagles trailed by 35 points entering the fourth quarter, but made a late run against Henry County's bench, but there wasn't ...

February 03, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


16 Rams sign letters of intent

Newton High School had 16, well, 17 signees make it official on National Signing Day Wednesday, if you count former Newton Ram, Toyous Avery, who ...

February 03, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Chatman breaks school record

Newton sophomore Alexcia Chatman broke a school record on Saturday with nine three-pointers in a win against Salem. Chatman nailed four treys in the first ...

February 02, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Teen athlete hit by truck still hospitalized

Thomas Mason was on his way to pick up his son, Christian Mason, from a workout with the track team at Alcovy High School. Before ...

January 31, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | LOCAL


Hodges scores 1000th point in Alcovy win

It was a wonderful senior night for the Lady Tigers, not only did they get the win, but senior Tierra Hodges scored her 1,000th ...

January 30, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy


4th quarter collapse

Not one, but two fourth quarter collapses for Newton basketball (girls and boys) against rival Rockdale highlighted what was supposed to be a joyous senior ...

January 29, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


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Q&A: The Eagles’ resurgence

Eastside boys' basketball got off to a slow start that included a lopsided blowout loss to county-rival Newton by 30 points, but since then the Eagles are 5-1 and looking like a top-tier team in Region 4-AAAA. We talked with head coach Brent Wren about the Eagles resurgence, his big three and improving on defense.

December 12, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


Region alignments announced

New region classifications and alignments have been made official by the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Newton has moved up to the newly created Class AAAAAAA (Region 8), Alcovy will stay in Class AAAAAA (Region 3) and Eastside will remain in Region 4-AAAA.

December 09, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


Eastside boys dismantle Griffin

A trip to Griffin High School ended differently for the Eastside girls' and boys' basketball teams. While the boys (6-2, 4-0 Region 4-AAAA) dismantled Griffin in a 73-61 win, the Lady Eagles (2-6, 1-3 Region 4-AAAA) were outmatched in a 54-20 loss to the Lady Bears.

December 08, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


A look back at Newton’s 1987 region championship team

Former Newton kicker, Christopher Wade, used to listen to his walkman on the sidelines during games so that he wouldn't be too up or too down when he took the field to kick a field goal or extra point. How much has changed in-between the Rams winning their first (1987) and second (2015) region championships? Not many high school players, if any, know what a walkman is these days.

December 07, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


Hays earns top-3 ranking

Newton County was well-represented in the 2015 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Finals $2,000 Limited Rider Division in Fort Worth, Texas at the Will Rogers Complex Watt Arena as Covington's own Jessica "Jessie" Hays and her horse "Clever Hickory Mate" left the event officially ranking third in the world.

December 07, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


Newton boys show no mercy against North Oconee; Lady Rams remain undefeated

Newton boys basketball (4-1, 1-0 Region 2-AAAAAA) engineered yet another blowout on its way to an 82-40 win over North Oconee. The Lady Rams (6-0, 1-0 Region 2-AAAAAA) were up and down throughout the game against North Oconee, but they outscored the Lady Titans, 27-21 in the final frame to earn the 64-58 victory.

December 04, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Former Rams basketball players shining in college

Since Newton Basketball Coach Rick Rasmussen has been at Newton High School, the Rams have had 26 players go on to play in college. Of the 26, eight are currently playing in college with three of them playing at the NCAA Division I level.

December 03, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Oxford tennis honored by the city

With the Oxford women's tennis team (fall) and the men's tennis team (summer) winning national titles back-to-back like Michael Jordan in '96/'97, the City of Oxford and Oxford Mayor Jerry Roseberry honored the championship teams on Wednesday evening at Oxford's City Hall.

December 03, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Oxford College


Highflying Rams beat Alcovy by 40; Chatman leads Lady Rams to victory

Alcovy and Newton boys' and girls' basketball took the floor at Alcovy High School on Tuesday evening and both Newton teams handled their county rival with ease to begin region play. The Lady Rams outlasted a fourth-quarter push by Alcovy to win 58-41 and the boys never took their foot off the gas in a 88-41 beatdown.

December 01, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Eastside leads 2015 All-County team

The football season is over for the three local schools of Newton County. Seniors walked off the field for the final time and coaches gave their final speech of the regular season. Although the games are over the season isn't complete until the players are honored by the local paper for their contributions. We present you with the 2015 All-County football team. Stats and recommendations were provided by coaches. The decisions were tough, as some players – even ones on the same team – were close in stats. Numbers played a big part in picking what player went where, as well ...

November 30, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


Calloway officially committed to Savannah State

Mason Calloway, Newton's star centerfielder, signed his national letter of intent to play baseball at Savannah State University on Monday morning.

November 23, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Medlin signs to play softball at Belmont Abbey

Brittany Medlin hated softball when she started playing. Now, she's signed her national letter of intent this past week to play softball at Belmont Abbey.

November 23, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


Newton’s Johnson wins Offensive POY

Seven Newton High School football players were named to the 2-AAAAAA All-Region team and senior quarterback Romario Johnson was named Offensive Player of the Year. Junior defensive back Robert Black was the lone member of the All-Region team for Alcovy.

November 23, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Fowler to represent Eastside in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Add Katie Beth Fowler, 16 year-old junior, to a very short list of talented local youth. A member of the Pride of Eastside Marching Band, Fowler has been selected to perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as a member of the Macy's Great American Marching Band.

November 23, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Covington


Eagles in college

The beginning of every year for high school football players and college football coaches, is highlighted by National Signing Day. Over the years Eastside had had many kids sign and go to college to play football on an athletic scholarship. Current Eagle head coach Troy Hoff compiled a list of some of Eastside's current college football players.

November 23, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


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