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.
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.
Pop Warner football players won't be taking quite as many hits from now on.
Tripp Loftin joined Rockdale Post 77 for a simple reason - just to get in some work.
When I first decided to become a reporter, I didn't do it for the scores, the stats, to have my name in the pape--r or even the free food needed to supplement such grossly high salaries.
Students across Newton County have closed their lockers, put up their book bags, cease to worry about tests and no longer spend time thinking up excuses on why their homework is not finished.
American Legion Post 77 may be fielding just one team this year, but six games in, it is winning enough for two.
The Newton, Alcovy and Eastside baseball teams faced each other early in the season, giving local fans a chance right at the start of the year to see the area's best players.
Playing in the U.S. Open will have to wait a little longer for Newton's Jonathan Fricke.
Summer baseball started out with a bang this weekend as Post 77 opened up the 2012 American Legion season 4-0.
Dreams are realized all the time in athletics.
With the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft taking place this week, it marks one year since Georgia Perimeter College standout Kenneth Straus was selected to play professional baseball.
With 2011 team MVP Zack Pirtle and two-time all area player Trent Taylor returning for their senior seasons, the Eastside boys' soccer team looked poised to reach its fourth straight state playoffs.
Newton County's biggest sporting event of the summer quickly approaches.
The Eastside girls' soccer team began the 2012 season with three losses in its first four matches and five in its first seven, setting up a year that seemed to be anything but historic.
The biggest threat to safety in summer sports is the heat.
Nothing says summer like hot dogs, Cracker Jacks and the ping of a baseball coming off a bat.