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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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Gattis, Farmer splash down

Newton County welcomed Atlanta Brave Evan Gattis to City Pond Park Saturday morning, as the first-year Brave and former University of Georgia standout Kyle Farmer presented the Game Time Evan Gattis MVP Baseball Camp.

February 04, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Hooping in a winter wonderland

When snow days hit the South, many students wake up ready to hit the fresh powder and revel in the "mythical" snow day that rears its head maybe once every four years.

January 30, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


UPDATED: Local games canceled

Due to inclement weather, Friday night's Newton vs. Rockdale County basketball game has been postponed.

January 28, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Broncos, Seahawks arrive in New York

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - Leave it to Peyton Manning to put everything in perspective.

January 27, 2014 | Associated Press | SPORTS


Braves close on land deal in suburbs

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - The Atlanta Braves have closed on land to build a new stadium in the city's northwest suburbs and expect to soon name the ballpark's designer and architect.

January 25, 2014 | Associated Press | SPORTS


National Hoop Shoot continues

The Elks National Foundation's 42nd National Hoop Shoot free-throw contest is under way. Anita and Larry Denny of the Covington Elks visited Newton County elementary schools to pass out information about the program. Ten schools had active programs.

January 23, 2014 | Staff Report | SPORTS


Maddux won't go in Hall as a Brave

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Greg Maddux and Tony La Russa will not have logos on their Hall of Fame plaques.

January 23, 2014 | Associated Press | SPORTS


Super Bowl set

Peyton Manning's Denver Broncos and Richard Sherman's Seattle Seahawks were the NFL's best all season, so it's fitting that they'll meet in the Super Bowl.

January 20, 2014 | Associated Press | SPORTS


McCray’s first season with Jags in the books

Former Newton High football standout Demetrius McCray's rookie season as a professional football player ended Dec. 29.

January 14, 2014 | Xavier McKnight | SPORTS


Maddux, Glavine, Thomas earn HOF selections

NEW YORK (AP) - Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Wednesday, while Craig Biggio fell two votes short and tainted stars of the Steroids Era remained far behind.

January 09, 2014 | Associated Press | SPORTS


Games rescheduled due to inclement weather

Due to frigid weather throughout the Southeast, Tuesday night games throughout Newton County were canceled or rescheduled.

January 07, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Mosley, Sutton, Carey repeat as AP All-Americans

NEW YORK (AP) - A tackle-machine linebacker, a tackle-busting running back and one of the most disruptive defensive tackles in the country made return appearances on The Associated Press All-America team.

December 31, 2013 | Associated Press | SPORTS


All-region players named

Six Alcovy Tigers and four Newton Rams were named to the Region 2-AAAAAA all-region football team, the region announced this week.

December 21, 2013 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Holiday tournaments ahead

While many athletes will spend their winter breaks resting, basketball programs around Newton County will hit the hardwood for holiday tournaments.

December 21, 2013 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


Hawkins helps Hurricanes to No. 21 ranking

The following is an update on former Newton County basketball players at the collegiate level. Updates run through Dec. 17.

December 17, 2013 | Matt Smith | SPORTS


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