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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


Dempsey, Brooks give US 2-1 win

NATAL, Brazil (AP) - After Clint Dempsey's historic early goal, the United States spent more than an hour struggling to hold off wave after wave of Ghana attacks. It was no surprise when Ghana tied the game in the 82nd minute.

June 17, 2014 | JIM VERTUNO, AP Sports Writer | SPORTS


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David ready to cheer on Rams

Coming from a middle school, new Newton High School Principal Eclan David may not have much experience with prep sports, but that doesn't mean he isn't eager to see his first Rams' game coming up this fall.

July 18, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Post 77 gets offense going

The sun isn't the only thing trying to get out through the rain this summer, as the Post 77 American Legion baseball team has also struggled to see the field recently.

July 18, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


NCAA gymnast Jarrett flies high

Trent Jarrett went down a path few men travel.

July 13, 2013 | Javon Dickerson | SPORTS


Kickoff on the horizon

The scheduling for the 2013 high school football season has been released, and all of the Newton County programs are very excited for the upcoming season.

July 09, 2013 | Xavier McKnight | SPORTS


Georgia Revolution season ends in tie

The Georgia Revolution's third National Premier Soccer League season came to an end in an auspicious way Saturday.

July 09, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Fazio: Helping to ease the pain

There are plenty of clichés about teams being a special bond and a brotherhood of sorts.

July 09, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Weekly fishing reports beginning July 4

According to havefunfishing.com, Lake Oconee is full and 80-82 degrees.

July 06, 2013 | Staff Report | SPORTS


Special Opportunity turkey season proposed

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is proposing a rule establishing a special opportunity turkey season for youths (16 years old) and mobility-impaired persons.

July 06, 2013 | Staff Report | SPORTS


No quit in Death Race competitor

Michael Mills wanted a life-changing experience, so he decided to enter the Spartan Death Race.

July 06, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Manage your game more effectively

Constantly watching golfers playing shots that they either can't do or playing the wrong type of shot for the situation is frustrating.

July 06, 2013 | Bryan Raines Special to The Covington News | SPORTS


Century ride sign up starts

Registration is underway for the Covington Century Ride, which is expected to bring upwards of 1,000 participants to town on Aug. 3. The ride, sponsored by The Southern Bicycle League, will benefit both Newton Trails and Pound Puppies 'N Kittens and Hometown Rescue.

July 03, 2013 | Madison Morganthall | SPORTS


Heart to heart leads to wins

Before facing Dawsonville, the Post 77 baseball team gathered for a team meeting.

July 02, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Revolution, Lady Revs’ seasons come to conclusions this week

The Georgia Lady Revolution remained in the hunt for first place in the Southeast Conference of the Women's Premier Soccer League after splitting its last two matches.

June 29, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Striders place in national qualifier

Local youth track athletes with the Southeast Striders Track and Field Club placed at the AAU national qualifier in the Georgia versus South Carolina Track and Field Championships held at Lovejoy High School June 20-23.

June 29, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


DNR approves major law enforcement change

Meeting Tuesday in Statesboro, Georgia Department of Natural Resources' board voted to reorganize the department, creating a Law Enforcement Division separate from its Wildlife Resources Division.

June 25, 2013 | Al Hackle Special to The Covington News | SPORTS


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