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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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Pop Warner limits contact in youth practice

Pop Warner football players won't be taking quite as many hits from now on.

June 14, 2012 | Associated Press | SPORTS


Newton presences helps Post 77

Tripp Loftin joined Rockdale Post 77 for a simple reason - just to get in some work.

June 12, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Tragic loss of bright athlete

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.

June 12, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Summer leagues too much?

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.

June 09, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Season started on winning streak for Post 77

American Legion Post 77 may be fielding just one team this year, but six games in, it is winning enough for two.

June 09, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Briem, Fuller shine on diamond

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.

June 07, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Fricke falls short at U.S. Open qualifying

Playing in the U.S. Open will have to wait a little longer for Newton's Jonathan Fricke.

June 07, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Starting off with wins

Summer baseball started out with a bang this weekend as Post 77 opened up the 2012 American Legion season 4-0.

June 05, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Beyond the sports dream

Dreams are realized all the time in athletics.

June 05, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


One year after GPC’s Straus was drafted

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.

June 05, 2012 | Staff Report | SPORTS


Taylor tops All-County soccer team

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.

June 02, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Pitching wedges for pitching mounds

Newton County's biggest sporting event of the summer quickly approaches.

June 02, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


See the 2012 All-County soccer team

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.

May 31, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Everybody in the pool

The biggest threat to safety in summer sports is the heat.

May 29, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


Post 77 play begins this weekend

Nothing says summer like hot dogs, Cracker Jacks and the ping of a baseball coming off a bat.

May 29, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS


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