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).
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.
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.
New Alcovy softball head coach Brandy Keeter will look to keep Alcovy's winning tradition going as the season grows closer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Local fans give their thoughts on the World Cup.
Mark Richt, Nick Saban and other big coaching names will be at the Hilton Garden Inn Millennium Center in College Park for the Georgia Minority Coaches Association Super Friday 2013.
Eastside baseball suffered its first loss of the season to Jackson County Saturday, before picking up revenge in the nightcap of the doubleheader by beating Jefferson.
Girls' basketball in 1963 was a different game for many reasons, but the biggest was the fact that there were 12 players on the court at one time - six players on each of the halves during the entire game.
Point University coach Randy Douglas didn't have many opportunities to see Erin Elmore play due to her injuries, but that didn't matter.
Although none of Newton County's three high school basketball teams were able to get past the first round of the state playoffs, there was plenty of talent to be seen in the gyms of Eastside, Newton and Alcovy.
Realignment brought changes to the area's basketball teams, with Eastside moving to Region 8-AAAA, and Alcovy and Newton jumping up to Region 2-AAAAAA.
The Covington News strives to bring you the sports that affect your every day life, going beyond the latest prep scores and news.
Golf's top players and fans are about to descend on Georgia and Augusta to see the beauty of Augusta National for The Masters. But at The Oaks, golfers and some of the top superintendents in the sport have been descending on the Covington golf course for years.
If you haven't had a chance to talk with someone who has been involved in sports since before you were born, you should do it.
Exercise programs seem to evolve as quickly as the latest social media platform these days with everyone trying to get fitter faster.
Spring Break activities
National Signing Day, a phenomenon across the state of Georgia, made its way through Newton County with several local football stars committing to their athletic careers at the collegiate level Wednesday.
Another basketball season is coming to an end, and with it, another crop of talented seniors are playing their last games in high school.
After four years of high school football, thousands of student athletes will move on make the first step toward college football today.