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Alcovy basketball rebooting

Alcovy basketball, girls and boys, will look almost entirely different from last year. Both teams are young and the boys have a new coach in Mack Hardwick. The girls lost six seniors and will have 10 players returning to play varsity but only one - the great Tierra Hodges - with real varsity experience.

June 28, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy


Rams owning the summer

Newton lost star point guard D.J. Hill to college along with a number of other talented seniors, but the team isn't in a rebuilding state of mind. With the additions of freshmen Ashton Hagans and Colby Rogers plus the emergence of juniors J.D. Notae and Dante Johnson Newton will be a formidable bunch when the season starts.

June 28, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


UPDATE: Man dies after altercation

COVINGTON- A 19-year-old man was shot Monday evening during an altercation at Lakeside Circle, according to Newton County Sheriff's Deputy Felicia Jefferson. The man, identified as Malik Muschett, a resident of Newton County, was later pronounced deceased.

June 23, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Covington


Alcovy to host Black & Gold game

Alcovy basketball, both girls and boys, will host a scrimmage Friday evening beginning at 6 p.m. with a girls game and 7 p.m. for the boys game. Price of admission is $5, but it's free for Livingston Elementary students and Tiny Tigers basketball camp attendees.

June 22, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy


Newton wins again

The Newton Rams football team won its second 7-on-7 camp of the summer beating Dorman 22-14 at UGA. The AJC ranked Rams' receiver/defensive back Deandre Huff second overall of the top 10 performers at the camp. Running back Kurt Taylor Jr. was ranked 10th on the same list. The Rams will move on to South Carolina to play some of the best teams in the southeast.

June 21, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Lunch with a coach: Troy Hoff

I took first-year Eastside head coach Troy Hoff and his eight year old son to lunch at Bullritos on Wednesday. We talked for almost an hour with the discussion spanning different topics such as how different the game is today, his history in football, the upcoming year for Eastside and more.

June 21, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


Black All-Stars win championship

Hit after hit, inning after inning, the Newton County Black All-Stars pounced on their Newton Red All-Star counterparts to win the Newton County training league tournament championship in a 28-17 victory.

June 21, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Recreation


Iggy, you the real MVP

After two games of seeing Cleveland put all of their money on LeBron creating offense on an island and relying on Matthew Dellavedova to "stop" Stephen Curry, we've finally seen Steve Kerr make a necessary adjustment and sit Andrew Bogut for so-far-Finals-MVP Andre Iguodala.

June 14, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Sports Columnists


Playing ball at City Pond

Two 12U teams collided Thursday evening despite a few drops of rain. We stopped by to get some shots of both teams during the contest and witness the future of baseball in Newton County.

June 14, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Recreation


EHS Academic Team shows promise

On May 29 Eastside High School had nine students leave for Chicago to represent the state of Georgia in the High School National Championship Academic Bowl. Eric Adams, the teacher at Eastside went with them plus Dave Gregory, another parent.

June 14, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


Playing fast

At Newton, under head coach Rick Rasmussen, the boys' basketball team has notoriously ran a slow-paced pass heavy offense to minimize the opposing team's ability to exploit the Rams' lack of athleticism in transition. That ends this summer.

June 14, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Rams win Cam Newton 7-on-7 tourney

The Newton Rams football team went up to North Atlanta to win Cam Newton's 7-on-7 championship. Newton's next stop is a paid trip to Charlotte for the finals. Head coach Terrance Banks says the team is still a work in progress, as they look to dominate the summer before the regular season starts.

June 07, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Wren looks to continue EHS legacy

Eastside boys basketball has a history of success. With the exit of former head coach Greg Freeman, there will be a new regime in town under newly hired head coach Brent Wren.

June 07, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


Hardwick to bring community back to Alcovy

After a winless season last year, Alcovy boys basketball has a familiar face leading a new regime to change the culture in Tiger country. Mack Hardwick, who served as an assistant last year under one-and-done head coach Duane Kelley, will begin his first year as a head coach in the Fall.

June 07, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy


Hawkins and Beshears win D-ll National Championship

Morgan Beshears and Amanda Hawkins, two softball players from somewhat rival schools in Alcovy and Eastside respectively, put their efforts together to help lift the University of North Georgia to a Division-ll National Championship, the first in North Georgia school history.

June 07, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy


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Hobbled Lady Tigers fall in first round

Anna Hebert and her Lady Tigers entered the playoffs as the No. 2 seed from Region 2-AAAAAA, but they also entered the game with a number of injuries and it showed in the 4-2 loss to Lee County.

April 30, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER


Q&A: Champ Young on Eastside soccer

Eastside boys soccer is entering the state playoffs as the No. 4 seed from Region 4-AAAA. The Eagles have an overall record of 9-6 and a region record of 7-4. The distance between being No. 1 in that region and being No. 4 is slim, but the Eagles edged out four other teams with the same region record in a tough region to advance to the playoffs. We spoke with Eastside head coach about the team's mindset entering the playoffs and the growth of the team from the beginning of the season until now.

April 26, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


Athletes of the week: 04/20

Camani Smith (Alcovy), Austin Kerbow (Eastside) and Joshua Howard (Newton) are the athletes of the week.

April 26, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy


Doing what nobody has ever done

No matter what they tell you, size always matters. Liberty Middle School offensive lineman Devin Durden has the size, quickness and tremendous work ethic of a future Division-l offensive lineman.

April 26, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Rockdale owns festivities at NewRock All-Star game

Rockdale County edged Newton out in three of the five All-Star events on Wednesday evening, as the Rockdale girl All-Stars won their game while representatives of Salem (Shay Tarver) and Heritage (Rashad Jones) won the girls and boys three-point contests respectively. Eastside's own Timothy Haynes won the dunk contest with a high-flying slam over two Alcovy players and the NewRock boys All-Star game ended in a tie after overtime. Ayanna Mitchell was named MVP of the girls All-Star game where she totaled 18 points. Rockdale's Dwayne Brown and Newton's Malik Wilson were named Co-MVPs of the boys ...

April 26, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


Eagles poised to be dangerous seed in the playoffs

Eastside completed a sweep of Spalding in a doubleheader at home on Thursday to give the Eagles a shot at obtaining a No. 3 seed in the state playoffs at minimum. With the weirdly constructed way Eastside's region is set up, despite going 15-3 in Region 4-AAAA, the Eagles will likely be the No. 4 seed forcing them to travel to play Wayne County in the first round of the state playoffs.

April 26, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


A league of their own

A field of dreams has become a miracle.

April 26, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Recreation


Eastside sweeps Spalding

Eagle baseball came full force in the region playoffs tonight as they swept Spalding in a doubleheader winning the first game 4-2 and the second 15-4.

April 23, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


Most known unknown

Kurt Taylor Jr. Get to know the name and the young sophomore Newton running back because by the time he's a senior, Taylor Jr. will be one of the best running backs in the nation.

April 19, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Three Rams join college ranks

Newton basketball will lose three of its best players this year to college as D.J. Hill, Antonio Smith and Donovan Grubb all signed letters of intent to play at the next level. Hill will play at the University of Mobile while Grubb and Smith grind it out together at West Georgia Tech.

April 19, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Playing for keeps

A longtime rivalry will be reignited this week when the Newton/Rockdale baseball teams play a three-game series with playoff implications on the line.

April 19, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Mathis headed to Brevard

Quintrell Mathis was one of Eastside's best four receivers this past season and now he'll look to be one of Brevard College's best after signing his letter of intent on Monday.

April 13, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


Newton grad wins achievement award

Alex Grady, current Georgia Tech sophomore cross country/track and field athlete and former Newton high school valedictorian, has been voted the first-ever recipient of the Ultimate Haier Achievement Award for student-athletes and their accomplishments beyond sports according to a news release. Grady, who majors in mechanical engineering, was one of six Georgia Tech student-athletes to receive the ACC Top Six for Service Award in 2014 In less than two years he has amassed more than 210 community service hours. Grady volunteers at Peachtree Academy in Newton County. There, he helps students with their scholarship applications.

April 12, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Rockdale/Newton baseball POWER RANKINGS

With most of the teams/schools off this week with Spring Break, here's a look at which teams have been the best with just a couple of weeks left in the season. The baseball playoffs are coming, but there are still some important region battles to take place some big games left to determine final playoff seeding. This is a ranking of how good the teams are so far based primarily on region play, competitiveness, non-region play and head-to-head matchups.

April 12, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy


Athletes of the week: 04/06

With Newton, Eastside and Alcovy soccer all off for Spring Break, Eastside baseball represented the athletes of the week this week. Gray Ritchey (left), Nick Womack (middle) and Jared Jones (right) all had a pretty great week for Eagle baseball. Ricthey pitched on Thursday and threw a complete game, allowed just three scattered hits, one unearned run and threw seven strikeouts to earn a 6-1 win against Walnut Grove. In two games against Walnut Grove, Nick Womack, who finished the two-game series 4-7 and an HBP with three RBI and three runs. Jared Jones was just as special. He finished ...

April 12, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside


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