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The ugliness of recruiting

If you've ever seen the film "Friday Night Lights" then you know just how much high school football can mean to a town. You should also know how much it means to a person who is a talented football player and wants to get paid (hi, Boobie Miles).

July 31, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


Newton County high school football coaches speak at Lions Club

At Ashford Springs Park, late Thursday evening, the Covington Lion's Club hosted Newton County's high school head football coaches. At the dinner, the coaches mingled with members of the community, and discussed different things with each other, such as the new IMPACT program. Newton head coach Terrance Banks, Eastside head coach Rick Hurst and Alcovy coach Kirk Hoffman spoke on the upcoming season, the ugliness of recruiting, how the game has changed and fielded questions about their players from fans.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | SPORTS


The truth in Tony Dungy's comments

For the past few days or so, there has been a lot of criticism and scrutiny for Tony Dungy's comments stating that he would not have drafted Michael Sam because he would have been a distraction.

July 26, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


New regime: Tigers revamp for 2014 season

New Alcovy softball head coach Brandy Keeter will look to keep Alcovy's winning tradition going as the season grows closer.

July 26, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


Keepin’ it all in the family

He was laughed at by his peers in high school, bad-mouthed by another a coach when he tried to start his own team, but that hasn't stopped Benjamin Kennedy Sr. and his family from making track and field the core of their bond as a family.

July 26, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


Newton County’s elite

Three local standouts, senior Aubree Thacker (Alcovy), Eastside juniors McKensi "Taz" Powell and Catlin Ray were selected to the 2014 GADC Elite 80 by the Georgia Dugout Club coaches as Georgia Elite High School softball players. College coaches from all over the state packed the stands to watch as players showcased their talent.

July 19, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


Beat the Heat

It's a known fact that summer heat, especially in Georgia, can lead to exhaustion, fatigue and/or dehydration- even more so for teenage football players practicing outside in high temperatures.

July 15, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


Bullseye: Dillon dials in

Archery coach George Ryals first saw Dillon McGeorge when he was in the sixth grade. McGeorge was about 11 or 12 then when he came into Ryals' Archery Learning Center in Snellville with an interest in target archery.

July 12, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


Covington natives compete for award

This Fall, two Covington natives will be indirectly competing against each other for the Paul Hornung Award as Devon Edwards and Akeem Hunt have both been named to the preseason watch list.

July 08, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


Covington Academy sends two to college

June 28, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


Newton still improving

The summer is young and so is the Newton High School Rams basketball team, but the Rams are still getting better having won seven of their last eight games to put them at 15-7.

June 26, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


Covington’s reign ends

For the last three years the Covington YMCA has been the Rockdale County Swim League Champion, but now its reign has come to an end as Deer Run took the title this past Saturday.

June 26, 2014 | Staff Report | SPORTS


Ware cleared to play immediately

Former Louisville and Rockdale High School guard Kevin Ware has been cleared by the NCAA to play immediately for Georgia State after transferring to the school this spring for family reasons.

June 20, 2014 | Associated Press | SPORTS


Falcons acquire QB Yates for Dent

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons have acquired reserve quarterback T.J. Yates in a trade that sends linebacker Akeem Dent to the Houston Texans.

June 19, 2014 | Associated Press | SPORTS


World Cup Thoughts (video)

Local fans give their thoughts on the World Cup.

June 19, 2014 | Staff Report | SPORTS


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Why the IMPACT program is important

Concussion management is nothing new, but the recently announced IMPACT program is, at least for high schools.

May 31, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


Better concussion protocol announced

The topic of concussions in sports is ever-increasing as the nation moves toward a safer/better environment for athletes.

May 27, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


Clark and Blanton place at Shootout

Two North Georgia natives represented their state with top-notch performances at the Nashville Junior Shootout at Greystone Golf Club in Dickson, Tennessee this past weekend.

May 27, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


Quick hits of the week

Below, you will find information on the following: Social Circle Golf Tournament, the Atlanta Dream's upcoming practice at Salem High School and what happened when the Eastside boys and girls golf teams traveled to the state championship.

May 22, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


Chargers cruise past Darton, advance to World Series

Columbia State Community College (45-11) owned Jaguar Field this past weekend, going 3-0 in the National Junior College Athletic Association East-Central District Tournament, and will advance to the NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado this weekend.

May 20, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


Five minutes with Byrd

Winning Region Coach of the Year is not an easy feat; it's even harder to do it in your first year as a head coach.

May 20, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


Stay humble, Falcons fans

Ever been on the wrong side of a menacing stare from an Atlanta Falcons fan? Or any fan of a professional Atlanta/Georgia sports team? Well if you haven't -probably because you are that fan - it's flabbergasting and hilarious at the same time.

May 20, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


Minneapolis awarded 2018 Super Bowl

ATLANTA (AP) - Minneapolis will host the 2018 Super Bowl after a vote by owners on Tuesday rewarded the city for getting a new stadium deal.

May 20, 2014 | BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer | SPORTS


Newton/Eastside Rivalry renewed

Local barbershop conversations are always fascinating to say the least, as people of all ages convene to talk that talk and hopefully get a decent haircut.

May 15, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


Sports briefs

Francis signs

May 15, 2014 | Staff Report | SPORTS


Braves release more stadium details

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Braves have released renderings of their new stadium in suburban Cobb County, which will seat 41,500 and include plenty of revenue-generating amenities around the ballpark.

May 14, 2014 | Associated Press | SPORTS


Lions Clubs roars at Hard Labor Creek State Park

The Social Circle Lions Club hosted the 2014 Phil Peppers Golf Tournament Friday, May 2, at the Hard Labor Creek State Park in Social Circle.

May 07, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Marks earns third All-SIAC selection

The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has announced its 2014 SIAC Softball All-Conference Teams, as voted by the SIAC Softball Coaches Association. Albany State catcher Chaconna Marks and infielder Chelsea Hicks both have been selected to first team.

May 07, 2014 | Staff Report | SPORTS


Let the Games Begin

While the 2014 Olympic Winter Games have come to a close, the Newton County Special Olympic Games are just heating up, beginning with Opening Ceremonies and Olympic Parade Monday morning at Sharp Stadium.

May 03, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Sheppard earns Utility POY accolades

ATLANTA, Ga. - The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference today announced its 2014 SIAC Softball All-Conference Teams, as voted by the SIAC Softball Coaches Association.

April 29, 2014 | Staff Report | SPORTS


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