Newly signed Oakland Raider Gary Wilkins is attempting to make the team as NFL rookie mini-camps begin around the nation. Wilkins, went from Furman to the Raiders after being signed as an undrafted free agent, but his story started in Covington when Wilkins played for Alcovy under head football coach Kirk Hoffman. The Covington News spoke with Hoffman and asked about Wilkins as a player and a person in this exclusive Q&A.
Ayanna Wimbush sat down in front of the Alcovy mascot on Friday afternoon to sign her letter of intent to play basketball at Truett-McConnell College with her family next to her and her friends watching she put the pen to the paper and solidified her collegiate career in basketball.
One of Alcovy's best offensive weapons from last year is moving on to college. Tiger running back Kenyon Kelley will be playing football at Methodist College after signing his letter of intent on Tuesday afternoon.
Sydney Ziglar, Baylea Payne, Ryleigh Langford and Daphne Ramirez make up the four freshmen that helped propel Alcovy's girls soccer team to a No. 2 seed and a trip to the playoffs.
Camani Smith (Alcovy), Austin Kerbow (Eastside) and Joshua Howard (Newton) are the athletes of the week.
With most of the teams/schools off this week with Spring Break, here's a look at which teams have been the best with just a couple of weeks left in the season. The baseball playoffs are coming, but there are still some important region battles to take place some big games left to determine final playoff seeding. This is a ranking of how good the teams are so far based primarily on region play, competitiveness, non-region play and head-to-head matchups.
Similarly in terms of wins and losses, but different in terms of play, the Rockdale/Alcovy soccer boys/girls matches ended like they did last time – with Rockdale's boys winning and Alcovy's girls winning.
As the Lady Tigers continued to prove their dominance on the pitch, the boys solidified themselves as a team to be reckoned with in Region 2-AAAAAA when both teams finished their respective sweeps of Newton on Friday. Here are five notes from the game on Friday.
With the Alcovy girls (9-3, 6-2 Region 2-AAAAAA) and boys (4-1-7, 4-4 Rergion 2-AAAAAA) soccer teams both coming off victories against Newton 9-3, 6-2 Region 2-AAAAAA on Wednesday, one more win would seal the deal for the regular season series and that's what they got as the Lady Tigers blanked Newton 5-0 and the boys came back to win 2-1.
Alcovy, Eastside and Newton's soccer teams all came together Wednesday evening at Sharp Stadium to honor the memory of Carlvon Betts, who passed away two weeks ago in a car accident. Between the boys and girls' games, Newton Athletic Director Tracey Curtis presented Carlvon's parents – Carlton and Tracy Betts – with a package that featured some of Betts's best photos and NHS principal, John Ellenberg, announced that the school would be retiring Betts's jersey.
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It seems like baseball season just started, but yet most teams are already into the most important part of their schedule, region games. It is one thing to start off your region schedule, and it's another to start it against a border-county rival. Alcovy and Rockdale led off its Region 2-AAAAAA schedule with a three-game series against each other.
There's always that one moment or season where the parents of a high school athlete realize their child has the ability to use his or her athletic abilities to get a scholarship to attend college. John Richardson and Holly Johnson, the parents of Alcovy wrestler Austin Richardson, saw that moment come to fruition on Tuesday when Richardson signed his letter of intent to attend Truett McConnell.
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.
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.