With the Alcovy girls (9-3, 6-2 Region 2-AAAAAA) and boys (4-1-7, 4-4 Rergion 2-AAAAAA) soccer teams both coming off victories against Newton 9-3, 6-2 Region 2-AAAAAA on Wednesday, one more win would seal the deal for the regular season series and that's what they got as the Lady Tigers blanked Newton 5-0 and the boys came back to win 2-1.
Alcovy, Eastside and Newton's soccer teams all came together Wednesday evening at Sharp Stadium to honor the memory of Carlvon Betts, who passed away two weeks ago in a car accident. Between the boys and girls' games, Newton Athletic Director Tracey Curtis presented Carlvon's parents – Carlton and Tracy Betts – with a package that featured some of Betts's best photos and NHS principal, John Ellenberg, announced that the school would be retiring Betts's jersey.
Eastside still had a chance. The team that averages just under 10 runs per game was down 2-0 against Locust Grove (No. 3 in the state in Class AAAA) in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Both Eastside baseball and Locust Grove are undefeated in region play and the two will clash today at 5:55 p.m. at Eastside.
We all know the saying "the rich get richer," and that seems to apply to the Newton Rams football program. After an historic Elite Eight run, Newton was able to celebrate all the hard work that was put in this entire season. On top of that, National Signing Day, back in February, was a busy day for the Rams as nine players signed their letter of intent to play football at the next level. Within the last few weeks, that number has risen to 12 as three more players signed for the Rams.
To say Eastside baseball (10-2, 6-0 Region 4-AAAA) – led by first-year head coach Bruce Evans – is on a roll would be an understatement. After losing their first two games of the season, the Eagles have won 10 in a row and they're booming on offense.
In the far northeast corner of Georgia, bordering the South Carolina line and more than 80 miles away from Newton/Rockdale County lies a small place called Elbert County with a of population 20,500 people as of 2012, according to elbertco.net. Elbert is significant to Newton and Rockdale because of the two coaches it birthed - Jonathan Brewer (Rockdale County High School head baseball coach) and Bruce Evans (Eastside High School head baseball coach) - and the men that it made them.
There's always that one moment or season where the parents of a high school athlete realize their child has the ability to use his or her athletic abilities to get a scholarship to attend college. John Richardson and Holly Johnson, the parents of Alcovy wrestler Austin Richardson, saw that moment come to fruition on Tuesday when Richardson signed his letter of intent to attend Truett McConnell.
On Wednesday Eastside football coach, Rick Hurst confirmed that he had accepted the head coaching job at Pepperell High School. Hurst has been a coach for 21 years, having spent 10 of those years at Eastside, which some may consider a lifetime for high school football coach.
"He had [lost] so much blood, and they say he broke every bone in his face and fractured his skull. It was so much blood and swelling that the CT scan wasn't giving them the reading that they needed. The body didn't look like anything was wrong with it. It was just his head," says Tracy Betts, Carlvon Betts' mother, recalling her son's fatal car accident. "They took him and decided to get the bleeding to stop. At that point he was bleeding out of his ears, out of his nose, his mouth...everything. It wasn't ...
There was a sense of hope in the air when the Lady Rams took on the Lady Spartans of North Springs on Thursday evening. A moment of silence for fallen Ram, Carlvon Betts, before the game filled the stadium with a melancholy atmosphere, but it fueled Newton to a 2-1 win over North Springs.
Newton County School System Director of Public Reactions, Sherri Davis-Viniard says that the high schools will honor Carlvon Betts – Newton soccer player, who passed away this week – March 25 at Sharp Stadium where the Rams will play Alcovy.
According to the Rome News-Tribune Eastside head football coach Rick Hurst has been named to the same position at Pepperell High School. Hurst will finish out the school year at Eastside and will begin his tenure Pepperell at the end of the school year.
(UPDATED) – Newton High School Rams' junior soccer player Carlvon Betts passed away earlier this morning from head injuries suffered in a car accident yesterday afternoon.
Georgia weather isn't really known for its consistency or its beauty, at least not in the winter. Spring sports are in full swing, but the spring weather hasn't arrived just yet. Still, track, soccer and baseball athletes are playing as well as they can and as much as they can in the weather they're facing.
Arlana Barnes (Alcovy), D.J. Hill (Newton) and Raytavious Jackson (Eastside) headline this week's athletes of the week.
At every high school basketball game there are three games, the girls, the boys and the cheerleaders all compete to see which is better that night. This is extremely true in rival games, particularly Heritage versus Newton, two teams that haven't played much in the past but there seems to be some animosity between the two teams (all in good fun?).
Eastside (10-9, 6-6 Region 4-AAAA) played like something was on the line in the fourth quarter of its matchup with region foe Locust Grove, and probably unbeknownst to the players, they were. With the eventual dominant 69-53 win over the Warriors, Eastside head coach, Gregory Freeman earned the 370th win of his career.
After another region win against the Rams on Friday, Tucker currently sits atop the region 2-AAAAAA standings, as Newton (16-5, 3-4 Region 2-AAAAAA) ranks fourth in the region behind Rockdale (15-6, 5-2 Region 2-AAAAAA) and Lovejoy (4-10, 3-3 Region 2-AAAAAA). However, this game was much different than the last, a 67-42 thrashing in early December, without center usual starting center Josh Tukes.
Eastside hosted Locust Grove on Friday night and both the boys and the girls got a victory to improve their region records as the season winds down. The boys improved to 10-9 overall and 6-6 in Region 4-AAAA. The girls improved to 8-12 overall and 7-5 in region 4-AAAA.
It's been too cold to go outside and play lately, but it's the perfect weather to grab a blanket, some popcorn and watch a few movies from Redbox. Instead of holding up the line at your nearest Redbox station, this comprehensive list of five movies that you'd be mistaken not to pick up are here to get you in and out faster than Ben Affleck's crew robbing a bank in "The Town." Mild spoiler alerts follow.
Up until Friday, Newton hadn't lost a region game all season. They traveled down the road to face region opponent and county rival Alcovy on Friday, and Friday night the Lady Tigers ended the Lady Rams' unbeaten region record.
The popular Newton County sports/family entertainment center, GameTime, will have its grand reopening on Monday, January 19. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. families will have the opportunity to enjoy themselves at the center, with free admission. The entrance closes at 4 p.m., but the activities don't stop until 5 p.m.
The pick and roll is such an astoundingly simple play, yet it can be the foundation of a team's offense and it can be virtually impossible to stop. Under head coach David Baker, the Lady Tigers use the pick and roll to get their offense going almost exclusively. Still, teams have trouble stopping it.
Tierra Hodges and Darvin Jones have been named, Alcovy's and Newton's athletes of the week respectively. For Eastside's athlete of the week, check online at covnews.com Tuesday.
Earlier in the week, there was social media uproar from Eastside soccer students because they were told they wouldn't be able to play home games at Sharp Stadium this year. Eastside's soccer field isn't in the condition it needs to be in to allow students to play on it, and Sharp is the only alternative.
The last time the Lady Rams and the Lady Tigers played, Newton won on a putback buzzer beater from Alexcia Chatman at home. This time Alcovy's girls didn't let the game come down to one final shot as they used the second half to run off to a 60-51 victory over Newton, giving Newton its first region loss of the season.
Ny'tauja Mckinnon, Keidra Sears and Raynesha Clay have been named Newton's, Alcovy's and Eastside's athletes of the week respectively.
Newton (12-4, 4-0 Region 2-AAAAAA) came into Friday's battle with Rockdale (6-8, 1-3 Region 2-AAAAAA) looking down at the Lady Bulldogs from high atop the Region 2-AAAAAA standings. Rockdale, despite it's sub-.500 region record, gave Newton everything it could handle. The Lady Rams answered with a resolve they've laid claim to all season.
A.J. Palomino (Newton), Nuka Yobo(Newton) and Joshua Smith (Heritage) were selected to participate in the Georgia/Florida All-star Classic. With Palomino, Smith and Yobo, Georgia beat Florida 26-14 in the classic