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Holloway: Thank you Newton County

There was a moment of silence in the office on my last day when everybody was gone, at least in my section of the building. It dawned on me that this would be the last time I'd see some of my co-workers, who have become my family, at least for a little while, and that's OK.

March 23, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


The best in the county

It's about that time. The 2015-16 high school basketball season is over, as state champions have been crowned. Now, it's time to crown some of the top local players of this past season, because of their on-court ability. The Covington News presents you with its 2015-2016 All-County team for both the boys' and the girls' basketball team.

March 07, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


#MarchToMacon

As region tournaments end, the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) state tournaments begin. Simply type in the hashtag #MarchToMacon and you'll get updates on Georgia high school basketball teams fighting to stay alive eyeing the chance to play in the Macon Centreplex. Three teams from Covington, the Eagles, Lady Rams and Rams, will represent the city and their respective regions in the state tournament. Here's a breakdown of the teams and their chances at making it to Macon.

February 17, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


Mid-season power rankings

We're at the midway point of the regular season of high school basketball as the amount of region games increase and playoff seeding takes shape. Here's a look at the power rankings for teams in Newton County as they stand.

January 04, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


The Dungeon to host food and toy drive

Covington, GA - We are excited to announce our first annual "Holiday Extravaganza Toy and Food Giveaway." The Dungeon Boxing Gym, KMB and the NFL Alumni will be hosting a fu- filled family event for the Newton County community. There will be food baskets and toys available for the whole family. We are bringing the community together for an evening of excitement while doing our part to alleviate hunger.

December 09, 2015 | Staff Report | SPORTS


Region alignments announced

New region classifications and alignments have been made official by the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Newton has moved up to the newly created Class AAAAAAA (Region 8), Alcovy will stay in Class AAAAAA (Region 3) and Eastside will remain in Region 4-AAAA.

December 09, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


A look back at Newton’s 1987 region championship team

Former Newton kicker, Christopher Wade, used to listen to his walkman on the sidelines during games so that he wouldn't be too up or too down when he took the field to kick a field goal or extra point. How much has changed in-between the Rams winning their first (1987) and second (2015) region championships? Not many high school players, if any, know what a walkman is these days.

December 07, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


Hays earns top-3 ranking

Newton County was well-represented in the 2015 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Finals $2,000 Limited Rider Division in Fort Worth, Texas at the Will Rogers Complex Watt Arena as Covington's own Jessica "Jessie" Hays and her horse "Clever Hickory Mate" left the event officially ranking third in the world.

December 07, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


Bratcher: Saying goodbye to a legend

I will never forget the first time I walked on to the University of Georgia (UGA) campus. I was 11-years old and grew up dreaming of one day becoming a part of Bulldog nation.

December 03, 2015 | | SPORTS


Eastside leads 2015 All-County team

The football season is over for the three local schools of Newton County. Seniors walked off the field for the final time and coaches gave their final speech of the regular season. Although the games are over the season isn't complete until the players are honored by the local paper for their contributions. We present you with the 2015 All-County football team. Stats and recommendations were provided by coaches. The decisions were tough, as some players – even ones on the same team – were close in stats. Numbers played a big part in picking what player went where, as well ...

November 30, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


2015 All-County softball team

The softball season has come and gone, and signings will soon pick up for some of the county's most talented softball players. Here you'll find the All-County Softball Team, based on the eye test, some stats provided by coaches and coach recommendations.

November 09, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


Friday night lights: What to watch for

With the playoffs on deck for Newton, likely Eastside and possibly Alcovy here's a look at what to watch for with each team as their final stand edges closer.

November 01, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


Eastside/Newton win; Alcovy falls

Having each Newton County team win is the ideal situation, but two out of three isn't bad. Both Eastside and Newton finished Friday with another "W" in the column, while the Tigers fell to Rockdale.

October 30, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


Two minute warning

You need a little luck to win anything in team-oriented sports whether it's the world series, the NBA Championship, the Super Bowl or game three of a second round Georgia state playoff game. Eastside was better than North Oconee but they weren't luckier.

October 26, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


Your guide to the 2015 football playoffs

With less than a handful of region games left to play and the state playoffs on the horizon, it's that time of year coaches and fans start agonizing about or getting excited for what's to come. Newton and Eastside are all but in the state playoffs, while Alcovy is fighting for its postseason life.

October 20, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS


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