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.
Ever wonder what a football team composed of the best players and the best coaches of Newton County's three high schools would look like? Well, we're here to answer that question with the Newton County All-Area football team.
And just like that 2014 is almost over. It's been a big year in sports, especially in this electrifying second half of the year. We've done a year in review of spring sports in the summer, so now it's time we look at some of the best and biggest moments in Newton County sports for the second half of 2014. There were lots of games, signings...etc that could have been included but we only have so much room. Enjoy.
On Friday night, the Alcovy Tigers basketball team welcomed South Gwinnett to town. Going into the game, Alcovy was looking to get its first win of the season. Despite Alcovy playing with outstanding effort, once against they came up short, losing 64-54.
The athletes of the week for the week of December 8, 2014 are Alexcia Chatman (Newton) and Tierra Hodges (Alcovy). Check covnews.com for Eastside's athlete of the week after Monday. See caption below.
The Lady Tigers of Alcovy got their first win in region 2-AAAAAA this season on Friday evening. It wasn't an easy one by any means, as the Lady Wildcats of Lovejoy gave them all they could handle. But, Alcovy fought it out, and displayed some toughness with a 51-46 win over Lovejoy.
Each basketball team from around the county played tonight. Here are the scores for the games from tonight.
Madison Beazley and Autumn Evans signed full scholarships to play softball and attend Andrew College on Friday. The two had an enormous amount of support, as they continue their journey to college.
Alcovy's Lady Tigers are 2-3 on the season. One of those wins came against a now 5-1 Marietta team the Lady Tigers beat Novermber 21, 58-53, that advanced to the second round of state last year. Lady Tigers' coach David Baker speaks about the win and his team in this Q&A.
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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.
Alcovy's girls turned a tight game into a 55-40 win over Newton Saturday thanks to a 21-6 run to end the game.
Rarely is a basketball game between county rivals Alcovy and Newton ever dull. Quite the contrary. Most of the time they come down to the fourth quarter. When the two get together tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. at Newton, you can expect another tight battle.
The three county high schools will be in new regions yet again when fall athletics start in 2012. The Georgia High School Association approved the plan to divide its 440 member schools into six classifications - up from five, with the change set to take place next year.
There's a certain sense of excitement surrounding Alcovy's girls' basketball program these days. Winning 25 games and going undefeated in subregion play as they did last year will to do that. But the excitement is only compounded by the fact that the Lady Tigers are poised to be even better this year.
Alcovy's boys' basketball had an up and down 2010-11 season that ultimately came to a disappointing end in the first round of the Class AAAA playoffs.
It's been a busy year for Alcovy basketball star Kate Palo, and the season hasn't even started yet. She was named homecoming queen last month and Thursday she signed a letter of intent to attend Georgia College & State University on a basketball scholarship.
Momentum can be a wonderful thing in sports. When you have it, you feel invincible. Some teams can ride it all the way to a championship. The St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants – the last two World Series champions, come to mind. But momentum is fleeting. It can come from the smallest things and build at a furious pitch. It can also vanish in an instant.
Alcovy's worst fear came to fruition Friday in its Class AAAA playoff game against Tri Cities. With the score tied at 21, the Bulldogs reeled off four straight touchdowns and the Tigers were unable to counter. Tri Cities tacked on a safety late and cruised to a 51-28 win.