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FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Georgia nabs nation's No. 1 running back prospect Zamir White

ATHENS, Ga. – Once Georgia running back Nick Chubb's eligibility is exhausted after the 2017 season, the Bulldogs may already have his heir apparent in ...

June 27, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


CAMERON FREEMAN: A former player's thoughts on 7-on-7s from the other side of the game

I spend a lot of my very rare free time doing a whole lot of self reflection.

June 27, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


PREP FOOTBALL: Ten games to watch in the 2017 season

Just about everyone in Newton County seems to be making the same discovery: Football talent is on the rise here. More and more athletes each ...

June 25, 2017 | Tyler Williams | Sports


STOVALL: Time for the Atlanta Hawks front office to fly high

For many reasons, I love the city of Atlanta and the entire metro area, including, of course, my new Covington/Newton County sports home.

June 24, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


Fun is the name of the game for World Series bound Newton County 8u All-Stars

By Cameron Freeman

June 23, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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


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NewRock all-star basketball game caps highlight filled season

CONYERS, Ga. - The three high school boys basketball teams from both Newton and Rockdale counties, came together in the senior vs. senior NewRock All-Star Game Wednesday night at Rockdale High School.

April 27, 2017 | Tyler Williams | Sports


Piedmont Academy girls tennis falls short in state tournament

Piedmont Academy girls tennis players Grayson Bradley and Gracie Hunt competed at the AA state tournament last Monday, at the John Drew Tennis Center located in Macon. Bradley and Hunt faced the No. 1 seed from Grace Christian in Bainbridge in a best two-of-three series. They lost 6-0 and 6-3, but said they were excited to make it as far as they did and feel as if the experience will help them achieve a deeper state run next year.

April 25, 2017 | Staff Report | Sports


Regional meet track results show sectionals qualifiers

All three Newton County schools wrapped up regional track meets this past week and will now prepare for sectionals. The top four qualifiers in regionals will qualify for sectionals and a chance to advance to the state meet.

April 23, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson feels good about spring progress

ATLANTA, Ga. - The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets - future homes of Newton High standouts Jaquan Henderson and Josh Tukes - played their annual Gold vs. White spring football game to approximately 8,000 fans in Historic Bobby Dodd Stadium on Friday night.

April 23, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


Regional track meets underway for Newton County schools

LOGANVILLE, Ga. -- Track and field regional meets are underway this week for all three Newton County schools, and at least for one school, results are beginning to trickle in.

April 20, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


STOVALL: The power of community strikes again in Newton County sports

You keep on doing it, Newton County.

April 03, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


Mike Hipps remembered as one 'dedicated' to coaching Newton County kids

Diane Hipps began to talk about what it meant for her to see the kind of support the Newton County community - and in particular, Eastside High's baseball team - showed last Wednesday after the rather sudden death of her husband Mike Hipps.

April 03, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


Eastside tennis successful in shortened match with Alcovy

Rain kept the Eastside and Alcovy tennis teams from completing their intra-county match, but the Eagles showed their dominance during the time they were able to play.

March 28, 2017 | Staff Report | Sports


This week's Spring Sports calendar full of baseball teams trying to get 'right'

Eastside baseball will be looking to bounce back from a challenging series against region leading Woodward Academy where the Eagles went 1-2 against the War Eagles. After two narrow losses to Woodward, Eastside finally had a game without inexplicable errors and overly questionable officiating, and won 4-2.

March 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Sports


STOVALL: Time to tie a nice, neat bow around the 2016-17 hoops season

I don't know about you, but I've still got a little high school basketball hangover.

March 26, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


BASKETBALL: Presenting our 2016-17 All-Newton County Teams

From pure point guards to slashing scorers, to three-point specialists and glass-eating post players, you can put this year's The Covington News All-Newton County Teams up against anyone in Georgia, and they can compete, if not win.

March 26, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


BASKETBALL: Newton's Lexii Chatman, J.D. Notae sweep All-County POY honors

Though there were several who could make a solid case for it, we found the two best players in the county walk through the same hallways at Newton High.

March 26, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


Newton basketball trio named to GACA all-state, Atlanta Tip-Off Club teams

COVINGTON, Ga. -- The postseason accolades are beginning to roll in for the Newton Rams boys basketball team.

March 24, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


GHSA investigating eligibility of former Newton High football player Kurt Taylor

*Updated: Thursday March 23, 7:38 p.m.

March 23, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


TYLER WILLIAMS: Five things we learned from Eastside-Woodward Academy, Game 1

The Eastside Eagles baseball team fell just short Monday night to a talented region 4-AAAA foe in Woodward Academy. In a battle of the Eagles, it was a game that came down to the final inning, culminating in a dramatic comeback attempt for the Eagles of Eastside. However, despite showing a lot of resiliency, Woodward escaped Eastside with a 5-4 game one win in a three-game series. Here's five things we learned about Eastside after its first true big game encounter of the season.

March 21, 2017 | Tyler Williams | Sports


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