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PREP FOOTBALL: County schools get votes in latest GSWA poll

Georgia Sports Writers Association High School Football Poll

August 22, 2017 | Staff Report | Sports


WEEKEND WRAP-UP: Some final thoughts on the Week One football gauntlet

What a weekend.

August 21, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


PREP FOOTBALL: Social Circle routes Johnson in season opener

GAINESVILLE, Ga. - Quarterback Jackson Will had a pair of touchdowns, while Tate Peters and Undray Johnson each chipped in long runs to help the Social ...

August 19, 2017 | Staff Report | Sports


Georgia Sports Writers preseason football poll released

The Georgia Sports Writers Association has released its Preseason 2017 High School football polls for each of the seven Georgia High School Association classifications.

August 16, 2017 | Staff Report | Sports


Lady Rams give new coach Erin Steele first softball win at Alcovy

COVINGTON, Ga. -- After a slow first inning, the visiting Newton Lady Rams softball team were warmed up enough to shut Alcovy out 9-0 in a ...

August 16, 2017 | Taylor Robins | Sports


FOOTBALL PREVIEW: NewRock Prep Academy launches football program in 2017

The NewRock Prep Sports Academy piloted its basketball program last year with great success, and is now looking for the same from head coach Sean ...

August 14, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Newton has ties to NFL standouts

By Cameron Freeman and Tyler Williams

August 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Sports


FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Newton grads hope to figure into Georgia Tech football success

In a competitive ACC Coastal Division, the 2016 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team found themselves at an even 4-4 in conference play, but were ...

August 14, 2017 | Tyler Williams | Sports


FOOTBALL PREVIEW: UGA Football ready for 2017 with local flavor

More than just middle schoolers and high schoolers, the local college football scene will also provide Newton County football fans with incentive to follow the ...

August 14, 2017 | Tyler Williams | Sports


MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Cousins standout, Hernandez, already a difference maker

Often in community sports, the general focus regarding football athletes is geared toward the high school level of play. After all, many of these athletes ...

August 14, 2017 | Tyler Williams | Sports


FOOTBALL PREVIEW: 2017 Newton County Super Six football recruits

The state of Georgia consistently produces some of the top high school football talent in the nation, and Newton County certainly has its fair share ...

August 13, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


FOOTBALL PREVIEW: 2017 Preseason All-Newton County Team

The sports staff of The Covington News spent several days pouring over film, last year's stats and performances and observations from offseason progress to ...

August 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Sports


FOOTBALL PREVIEW -- STOVALL: 2017 Newton County football preview a labor of love

Some work is just straight up labor. And then there's my work.

August 13, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


Eastside shuts out Alcovy in Thursday night in-county matchup

COVINGTON, Ga. - Both the Eastside and Alcovy softball teams waited a long time Thursday night to get a glimpse of where they stood against each ...

August 10, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


Chad Estes says Social Circle football getting 'closer' to playoff caliber

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. - If you've come to know Social Circle football after 2009, the next sentence may put you in a slight place of ...

August 08, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


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PREP FOOTBALL: County schools to compete in Airo 7v7 passing tournament Thursday

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Airo 7v7 football tournament held Thursday at Walnut Grove High School will have a heavy Newton County feel, as all three County GHSA schools - Alcovy, Eastside and Newton - are expected to compete.

June 21, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


Newton County Royal All-Stars 8u team headed to USSSA World Series

The undefeated Newton County Royal All-Stars 8u baseball team won the Georgia State Championship this past weekend at City Pond Park in Covington this past weekend. It marks the third straight tournament the All-Stars have gone undefeated in. The first was held in Griffin on June 3, and the last two at City Pond.

June 19, 2017 | Staff Report | Sports


STOVALL: May the power of sports teach us to deal with our differences

Sunday Sound Off

June 18, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


LOOKING BACK: The top 10 stories of the 2016-17 school year

Things move so quickly in the high school sports world, now. In times past, even the athletes could look to the summer for a bit of reprieve. But now, in the year-round craze of amateur athletics, high school student-athletes have found that summer is a season of its own. So perhaps the best way to begin the summer sports season in earnest is to put a nice, neat bow on the 2016-17 school year that was by selecting what our sports department considers the top 10 sports stories of the year.

June 11, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


Covington MMA fighter Cody Durden wants to make July 22 special again

For Cody Durden, mixed martial arts is, indeed, a team sport.

June 11, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


FOOTBALL: Four Newton County athletes considered among top prospects in Georgia

For any athlete, it's always nice to see where you stack up among a larger group of talent. Our sports staff had a hunch that, despite Newton County's relatively small size, there is some football talent that ranks fairly high among the bevy of high profile gridiron potential littered across this state.

June 05, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


Introducing our summer sports intern Cameron Freeman

I'm nowhere near the world's best sportswriter or sports journalist. But the little that I've been blessed to know, I take it as a personal challenge to try and use it to plant as many seeds as I can into the next generation of sports journalists.

June 05, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


Young Americans girls soccer take home state crown

CONYERS, Ga. - The Young Americans Christian School girls soccer team took home the Georgia Independent Christian Athletic Association (GICAA) state crown on May 5 after beating previously undefeated Sherwood Christian School 2-0 in the championship game.

May 31, 2017 | Staff Report | Sports


Piedmont Academy baseball claims fourth straight GISA state crown

MONTICELLO, Ga. - Piedmont Academy's baseball seniors walked off Claude Smith Field at Mercer University's OrthoGeorgia Park not ever knowing what it feels like to lose a post-season playoff series.

May 31, 2017 | Staff Report | Sports


STOVALL: Eastside football proves fight is bigger than size any day

I love comparisons and numbers. Pretty crazy for a guy who almost allowed math - particularly algebra - to keep him from graduating high school.

May 28, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


Miracle League baseball brings smiles, awards in season finale

COVINGTON, Ga. – All of the energy that goes into making the Miracle League of Newton County happen is well worth it when Dena Hill sees the happiness of the athletes involved.
"Watching the kids (is my favorite part)," said Hill who is the county's Recreation Coordinator. "Watching them smile, they have a good time. It's a lot of work behind the scenes, but to see them smile out here and play and look nice in their jerseys makes it worth it."
Saturday brought an end to their 2017 spring season with a game between the Phillies and the ...

May 21, 2017 | Taylor Robins | Sports


STOVALL: GHSA still trying to figure out transfers, big props to Atlanta Braves

Anyone who thinks covering one county with just three Georgia High School Association schools has time to be bored doesn't really know much about that one county with three schools that they're covering.
There's a lot - I repeat - a LOT happening either directly in the Newton County sports scene, or something that has a direct impact on our schools - particularly our GHSA schools.
So in this buffet-style Sunday Sound Off where I endeavor to give you a little bit of this and that, let's start off with this:
GHSA. Typically whenever we mention the GHSA one ...

May 21, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


A look at how far Social Circle girls soccer has come

Special to The Covington News

May 18, 2017 | Staff Report | Sports


Eastside, Kennesaw State star Dante Blackmon makes KSU history signing with the Indianapolis Colts

History has been made, as former Eastside and Kennesaw State standout Dante Blackmon becomes the first Owl football player to sign with an NFL team by signing with the Indianapolis Colts Monday.

May 16, 2017 | Tyler Williams | Sports


Former Newton, Grayson RB Kurt Taylor was confident in GHSA decision

COVINGTON, Ga. -- The Georgia High School Association determined on Tuesday that the case regarding the eligibility of former Newton and Grayson High running back Kurt Taylor, Jr. is a closed case.

May 15, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


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