The basketball regular season is long gone and most teams in the county have seen their respective season come to an end in the state playoffs. Looking back on this season, it was filled with great moments, rivalry wins, buzzer-beaters and upsets. Here are some of the photos that capture those moments.
After coming so close to winning the Region 2-AAAAAA championship, the No. 2 seed Newton Lady Rams hosted the Lady Packers of Colquitt in the first round of the state tournament on Wednesday evening. Newton definitely did not come out with the same energy they had in the region championship, but they did have late push to be in the position to with the game. Ultimately, Newton came up short and was defeated 46-42.
Having great vision, strength, deceptive speed and uncapped energy is what you need to crush a team on your home court, and that's what Tucker did to the Alcovy Lady Tigers, dismantling them in a double-digit victory. From start to finish, Tucker kept the lead, and never looked back.
Ayanna Wimbush (Alcovy), Darvin Jones (Newton) and Janelle Cook (Eastside) are the athletes of the week.
Alcovy safety/receiver D'Anthony Bell was the school's only National Signing Day signee and Bell chose to further his football career at Albany State. Alcovy will announce more signees in the coming weeks.
Jaquan Sims (Newton), Tierra Hodges (Alcovy) and Tierra Smith (Eastside) are the athletes of the week.
Arlana Barnes (Alcovy), D.J. Hill (Newton) and Raytavious Jackson (Eastside) headline this week's athletes of the week.
Up until Friday, Newton hadn't lost a region game all season. They traveled down the road to face region opponent and county rival Alcovy on Friday, and Friday night the Lady Tigers ended the Lady Rams' unbeaten region record.
The pick and roll is such an astoundingly simple play, yet it can be the foundation of a team's offense and it can be virtually impossible to stop. Under head coach David Baker, the Lady Tigers use the pick and roll to get their offense going almost exclusively. Still, teams have trouble stopping it.
The last time the Lady Rams and the Lady Tigers played, Newton won on a putback buzzer beater from Alexcia Chatman at home. This time Alcovy's girls didn't let the game come down to one final shot as they used the second half to run off to a 60-51 victory over Newton, giving Newton its first region loss of the season.
Ny'tauja Mckinnon, Keidra Sears and Raynesha Clay have been named Newton's, Alcovy's and Eastside's athletes of the week respectively.
Alcovy continued to cement its position as a threat to win the region with a dominant 55-36 win against neighboring county rival, Rockdale County.
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Eastside also played a top-ranked boys' basketball team this weekend, in No. 5 Drew on Saturday.
Only two games into the season, and the Alcovy boys' soccer team is on the cusp of exceeding last year's win total.
Both Alcovy basketball teams wrapped up regular-season play Saturday with a pair of road wins. The girls topped Union Grove 41-23 in the first game of the day while the boys cruised to a 64-43 win over the Wolverines.
It's been a great year for basketball so far this year in Newton County. All six high school teams are in prime positions to make runs at a region championship and make the state playoffs. If it happens, it'll be the first time the three schools sent both boys' and girls' teams to their respective state tournaments.
Alcovy pulled off perhaps its biggest win of the season Saturday when the Tigers came away with a 59-53 victory over Chamblee.
Both Alcovy basketball teams capped a perfect week in region play with home wins over Woodland, Henry Friday. The girls struggled a bit offensively but managed to come away with a 55-50 win before the boys escaped with a 54-48 win.
Alcovy's girls basketball team pounded Griffin 69-28 in Region 3A-AAAA play Friday to move to 7-0 in region play. But the night belonged to Kate Palo.
Two of Alcovy baseball's brightest stars signed letters of intent to play in college Tuesday. Slugger Bowen Braswell will play at Georgia Perimeter College while hard-throwing right-hander Darius Hill will play at Gordon College in Barnesville.
Newton's dominance over its fellow county rivals is over - at least this year and at least against Alcovy.
f you like good basketball, you won't want to miss tomorrow's rematch between county rivals Alcovy and Newton. The Tigers snatched a two-point win in a classic triple overtime thriller at Newton in December and have won two straight against their county foe.
For the first time, the Rockdale and Covington News have transcended county lines to bring the inaugural Rockdale-Newton All-Area Football Team. It represents the top performers from the six schools throughout the two counties for the 2011 football season. As always, it's never easy choosing who deserves to make such a list. Nevertheless, each player named earned their spot.
Devon Edwards had a banner year for Alcovy football in 2011. After sitting out nearly the entire 2010 season with a broken collarbone, Edwards came back with a vengeance to lead the Tigers to a regular-season divisional title and state playoff berth. As a result, coaches throughout Region 3-AAAA agreed he was one of the league's best players and voted him Offensive Co-Player of the Year. Northgate's Alex Lakes shared the honor.
Alcovy opened region play with a decisive win over Griffin Tuesday that left little doubt the Tigers mean business this season.
Four games into the new season and Alcovy's girls are up to their old tricks. They dominated Griffin in the region opener Tuesday to the tune of a 63-34 and showed no signs of releasing the stranglehold over the region they had in 2010.
Alcovy and Newton put on perhaps the most thrilling show two basketball teams could Saturday. After three overtimes and close to three hours of dueling back and forth, it was the Tigers who emerged with a 79-77 win.