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PREP FOOTBALL: Ten games to watch in the 2017 season

Just about everyone in Newton County seems to be making the same discovery: Football talent is on the rise here. More and more athletes each ...

June 25, 2017 | Tyler Williams | Sports


STOVALL: Time for the Atlanta Hawks front office to fly high

For many reasons, I love the city of Atlanta and the entire metro area, including, of course, my new Covington/Newton County sports home.

June 24, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


Fun is the name of the game for World Series bound Newton County 8u All-Stars

By Cameron Freeman

June 23, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


PREP FOOTBALL: County schools to compete in Airo 7v7 passing tournament Thursday

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Airo 7v7 football tournament held Thursday at Walnut Grove High School will have a heavy Newton County feel, as all three County ...

June 21, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


Newton County Royal All-Stars 8u team headed to USSSA World Series

The undefeated Newton County Royal All-Stars 8u baseball team won the Georgia State Championship this past weekend at City Pond Park in Covington this past ...

June 19, 2017 | Staff Report | Sports


STOVALL: May the power of sports teach us to deal with our differences

Sunday Sound Off

June 18, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


LOOKING BACK: The top 10 stories of the 2016-17 school year

Things move so quickly in the high school sports world, now. In times past, even the athletes could look to the summer for a bit ...

June 11, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


Covington MMA fighter Cody Durden wants to make July 22 special again

For Cody Durden, mixed martial arts is, indeed, a team sport.

June 11, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


FOOTBALL: Four Newton County athletes considered among top prospects in Georgia

For any athlete, it's always nice to see where you stack up among a larger group of talent. Our sports staff had a hunch ...

June 05, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


Introducing our summer sports intern Cameron Freeman

I'm nowhere near the world's best sportswriter or sports journalist. But the little that I've been blessed to know, I take it ...

June 05, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


Young Americans girls soccer take home state crown

CONYERS, Ga. - The Young Americans Christian School girls soccer team took home the Georgia Independent Christian Athletic Association (GICAA) state crown on May 5 after ...

May 31, 2017 | Staff Report | Sports


Piedmont Academy baseball claims fourth straight GISA state crown

MONTICELLO, Ga. - Piedmont Academy's baseball seniors walked off Claude Smith Field at Mercer University's OrthoGeorgia Park not ever knowing what it feels like ...

May 31, 2017 | Staff Report | Sports


STOVALL: Eastside football proves fight is bigger than size any day

I love comparisons and numbers. Pretty crazy for a guy who almost allowed math - particularly algebra - to keep him from graduating high school.

May 28, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


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Miracle League baseball brings smiles, awards in season finale

COVINGTON, Ga. – All of the energy that goes into making the Miracle League of Newton County happen is well worth it when Dena Hill sees the happiness of the athletes involved.
"Watching the kids (is my favorite part)," said Hill who is the county's Recreation Coordinator. "Watching them smile, they have a good time. It's a lot of work behind the scenes, but to see them smile out here and play and look nice in their jerseys makes it worth it."
Saturday brought an end to their 2017 spring season with a game between the Phillies and the ...

May 21, 2017 | Taylor Robins | Sports


STOVALL: GHSA still trying to figure out transfers, big props to Atlanta Braves

Anyone who thinks covering one county with just three Georgia High School Association schools has time to be bored doesn't really know much about that one county with three schools that they're covering.
There's a lot - I repeat - a LOT happening either directly in the Newton County sports scene, or something that has a direct impact on our schools - particularly our GHSA schools.
So in this buffet-style Sunday Sound Off where I endeavor to give you a little bit of this and that, let's start off with this:
GHSA. Typically whenever we mention the GHSA one ...

May 21, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


A look at how far Social Circle girls soccer has come

Special to The Covington News

May 18, 2017 | Staff Report | Sports


Eastside, Kennesaw State star Dante Blackmon makes KSU history signing with the Indianapolis Colts

History has been made, as former Eastside and Kennesaw State standout Dante Blackmon becomes the first Owl football player to sign with an NFL team by signing with the Indianapolis Colts Monday.

May 16, 2017 | Tyler Williams | Sports


Former Newton, Grayson RB Kurt Taylor was confident in GHSA decision

COVINGTON, Ga. -- The Georgia High School Association determined on Tuesday that the case regarding the eligibility of former Newton and Grayson High running back Kurt Taylor, Jr. is a closed case.

May 15, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


Eastside, Alcovy baseball players make all-region teams

COVINGTON, Ga. -- Although the baseball season has ended for Newton County baseball teams, the postseason accolades are just beginning to come streaming in.

May 02, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


WILLIAMS: Covering Special Olympics was a more-than-special time

This week, I had the amazing privilege of going to the Special Olympics to cover the annual event at Sharp Stadium.

May 01, 2017 | Tyler Williams | Sports


Special Olympics success elicits gratitude from participants

COVINGTON, Ga. -- LaTrelle Cawthon can rattle off the numbers with ease, and to a "t."

May 01, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


PREP FOOTBALL: Five things to watch during Spring Football

Spring is in full bloom, which means football is in the air once again.

April 29, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


NewRock all-star basketball game caps highlight filled season

CONYERS, Ga. - The three high school boys basketball teams from both Newton and Rockdale counties, came together in the senior vs. senior NewRock All-Star Game Wednesday night at Rockdale High School.

April 27, 2017 | Tyler Williams | Sports


Piedmont Academy girls tennis falls short in state tournament

Piedmont Academy girls tennis players Grayson Bradley and Gracie Hunt competed at the AA state tournament last Monday, at the John Drew Tennis Center located in Macon. Bradley and Hunt faced the No. 1 seed from Grace Christian in Bainbridge in a best two-of-three series. They lost 6-0 and 6-3, but said they were excited to make it as far as they did and feel as if the experience will help them achieve a deeper state run next year.

April 25, 2017 | Staff Report | Sports


Regional meet track results show sectionals qualifiers

All three Newton County schools wrapped up regional track meets this past week and will now prepare for sectionals. The top four qualifiers in regionals will qualify for sectionals and a chance to advance to the state meet.

April 23, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson feels good about spring progress

ATLANTA, Ga. - The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets - future homes of Newton High standouts Jaquan Henderson and Josh Tukes - played their annual Gold vs. White spring football game to approximately 8,000 fans in Historic Bobby Dodd Stadium on Friday night.

April 23, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


Regional track meets underway for Newton County schools

LOGANVILLE, Ga. -- Track and field regional meets are underway this week for all three Newton County schools, and at least for one school, results are beginning to trickle in.

April 20, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


STOVALL: The power of community strikes again in Newton County sports

You keep on doing it, Newton County.

April 03, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports


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