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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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Turning Yellow blue

The Yellow River is a big step closer to becoming a coveted Blue Trail.

January 31, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Coaches are salesmen, renaissance men

In one week, student athletes from across the country will be putting pen to paper during the fall sports' season's National Signing Day.

January 31, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Professional wrestling comes to National Guard Armory

Professional wrestling returns to the National Guard Armory in Covington on Feb. 2, bringing with it a last chance to see one of the South's top wrestlers.

January 31, 2013 | Staff Report | SPORTS


Fazio: Thank you, Marnie

Thank you, Marnie Hornsby.

January 22, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Butts’ big games come short for Belhaven

Basketball

January 22, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Grandmother proud of Special Olympian

Before Marnie Hornsby began participating with the Special Olympics, Helen Harris, of Covington, said her granddaughter was a completely different person.

January 19, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Elks host county Hoop Shoot tournament

The path to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame could go through a local elementary school this week.

January 17, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Basketball’s second half tips off

Newton's girls' basketball team has won its last three Region 2-AAAAAA games, as the second half of league play begins today.

January 17, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


A (Star Spangled) Banner day

Charles Reynolds is trained to pull people out of buildings in emergency situations.

January 15, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Excitement of win awakens Atlanta

Finally this city is awake.

January 15, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Porterdale breaks ground on gym rebuild

Porterdale history began a renewal Saturday.

January 12, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Social media in sports, good or bad?

Whether we like it or not, social media is a huge part of society.

This seems to be especially prevalent in the world of sports. It's a good tool to spread scores, injury updates, trade rumors, etc. However, it could also be what I consider a detriment as people get into Twitter arguments in front of thousands of readers or post demeaning pictures.

January 08, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


A fighter off the mat

Wrestling is about staying on your feet and not giving in to your opponent's advances.

For Newton wrestler Tyler Head, it is now a way of life to continue this wrestling tactic and Fight Like Tyler. For all Newton students, this mantra, that now hangs on a banner in the school, is the Rams' wrestling teams new motto.

January 08, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Local hero lends hand in bowl game

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl introduces future football heroes with present American heroes annually, and this year, a Covington resident is in the middle of it.

Sergeant John Evans moved to Covington in 2005, enlisted in the Army in 2006, was on deployment to Iraq in 2008 and is currently stationed at Fort Sill in Oklahoma. Now he has been enlisted for a different sort of duty, during the yearly high school All-Star football game in San Antonio.

January 03, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Past, present, future excel in 2012

The 2012 sports year in Newton County saw plenty of the old mixed with plenty of the new.

December 29, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


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