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Q&A with Newton Rams hoops coach Rick Rasmussen

The Covington News chose Newton boys basketball coach Rick Rasmussen as our Standout Coach of the Year, primarily because of how he guided a nationally ...

March 26, 2017 | Tyler Williams | Newton


Lexii Chatman's small stature doesn't stop her from playing big

COVINGTON, Ga. -- It doesn't take Lexii Chatman long to think about that one play that highlighted the kind of season she had for the ...

March 26, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


J.D. Notae is a proud, homegrown Newton hoops product

COVINGTON, Ga. -- For some millennial generation high school athletes, things like taking pride in the community you were raised in and sticking your chest out ...

March 26, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


Newton Rams shutout by Grayson for second straight game

The Newton Rams baseball team was handed its second defeat in a row by Grayson High Wednesday night, suffering a 3-0 loss in game two ...

March 23, 2017 | Tyler Williams | Newton


Newton football players have impressive showings at Sunday camp

A group of Newton Rams football players had a strong showing during the Battle MVP Camp held Sunday at Lovejoy High School in Clayton County.

March 20, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


Newton goalkeeper Lauren Williams rapidly emerging in first year of soccer

Even in a team sport, sometimes the best athletes have a little bit of an innate selfish gene in them.

March 05, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


Newton baseball exceeding expectations in young season

Don't look now, but the Newton Rams baseball team is on a hot streak.

March 05, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


Newton's season comes to end at the hands of revenge-minded Tift County

This time, the Newton Rams were on the wrong side of revenge.

March 02, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


Newton baseball grinds out non-region win against Tucker

It was a grinder that started over an hour late, but the Newton Rams generated enough at the plate early, and got a solid performance ...

March 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Newton


Newton's Rick Rasmussen tabbed as GACA all-star game head coach

No matter how much longer the Newton boys basketball team's season lasts through the state tournament, Rams head coach Rick Rasmussen won't be ...

February 28, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


STATE TOURNAMENT PREVIEW: An early look at Wednesday's Tift County-Newton matchup

So as exciting as last Thursday's triple overtime win against Westlake was, we can't talk about it forever, simply because Newton still has ...

February 27, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


STOVALL: Newton successfully channeled the spirit of Ric Flair against Westlake

*Note: Two corrections are made in this article that didn't make the print version. First, this article correctly reflects Newton's semifinal site as ...

February 27, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


Newton boys celebrate, but turn their sights toward Tift County

It's an arguable matter of discussion to say that Newton sophomore Colby Rogers hit the game's biggest shots when he sunk four straight ...

February 24, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


NEWTON BASKETBALL: Analyzing Thursday night's top performers

There's still so much to unpack in Newton's 89-83 triple overtime win over defending state champion Westlake Thursday night that we're going ...

February 24, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


Newton outlasts Westlake in triple overtime thriller, advance to play Tift County

It took three overtimes and some clutch shooting by a sometimes unsung senior hero and an emerging sophomore for the Newton Rams to gut out ...

February 23, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


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Playing fast

At Newton, under head coach Rick Rasmussen, the boys' basketball team has notoriously ran a slow-paced pass heavy offense to minimize the opposing team's ability to exploit the Rams' lack of athleticism in transition. That ends this summer.

June 14, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Foster sings with Jackson State

Azariah Foster has found a home for his future in track and field. Foster signed with Jackson State University this week where he will look to continue the success he's had at Newton. As a Ram, Jackson competed in the 110 and 300 hurdles. He placed fourth in the state in the 110, qualified for state in the 300 and also competed on the 4x400 relay team.

June 07, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton


Rams win Cam Newton 7-on-7 tourney

The Newton Rams football team went up to North Atlanta to win Cam Newton's 7-on-7 championship. Newton's next stop is a paid trip to Charlotte for the finals. Head coach Terrance Banks says the team is still a work in progress, as they look to dominate the summer before the regular season starts.

June 07, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Nurturing the young

Newton girls basketball hosted a mini-camp for players in grades 4th - 12th this past week where players learned fundamentals, had fun and played some five-on-five basketball with teachings from the entire Lady Rams coaching staff.

May 31, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Taylor Jr. named top back

At the FBU camp last weekend, Newton running back Kurt Taylor Jr. was named top running back in the entire camp. He was also invited to the prestigious Army All-American combine.

May 31, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


A year gone by

What a difference a year makes. Freshmen become sophomores, sophomores become juniors and juniors become seniors. With that caveat is a revolving door of athletes and coaches that come together to reach a common goal: win. There was a lot of the latter between the two bordering counties of Newton and Rockdale and we recap some of the best stories of the 2014-2015 academic year here.

May 31, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Look out for Newton

Jeremiah Holloman might be the headliner right now for Newton track and field, but look past his individual accomplishments and you'll find a young Newton team that finished fourth overall at state this year.

May 24, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


From fifth to first

When Newton sophomore Jeremiah Holloman placed fifth in the triple jump last year, he did so in disappointment to himself. Malik Franklin a former triple jump state champion for Newton, had been teasing Holloman about it in effort to motivate him. Franklin has a record distance of 48-10 and it's the record Holloman has been shooting for since the beginning of the season.

May 24, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


NHS to host girls b-ball camp Tuesday

Beginning May 26 - 29, Newton girls basketball will host a camp at Newton from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for grades fourth through 12. The fee for the camp is $60 and includes a a snack/meal.

May 18, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton


No. 1 target

On Friday evening a little after 6 p.m. Newton students, parents and fans came out to watch the Rams hold their blue and white game, which is more of a glorified practice for people to come and watch than anything.

May 17, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Better late than never

For any high school athlete, signing that national letter of intent to their respected college or university may be the best moment of their high school tenure. Usually that special moment comes somewhere during that athlete's senior year, but in some cases it can come after that. Well, how about nearly a year after graduation? Newton's 2014 forward Mercedes Booker finally got that moment as she will be taking her talents to Southern Crescent Technical College.

May 10, 2015 | Javon Dickerson | Newton


Lady Rams headed to state

A number of Newton track and field athletes qualified to go to state, which takes the eight best times from sectionals. After pushing the team hard in practice throughout last week, coaches Demetrice Perry-Stokes and James Rolloson saw the hard work the girls put in pay off. Below you will find the times and the qualifiers for state.

May 10, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Former NHS softball player wins award

Markea Sheppard, whose also president of Claflin University's 2014-2015 Student Athlete Advisory Committee, won the Female Athlete of the Year award on April 17 Claflin's Annual Athletics Award. Sheppard, a senior, hit .474 this season, stole 14 bases and blasted seven homeruns.

May 03, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Lady Rams track and field wins first region championship in 14 years

On April 22, the Lady Rams Track team won the Region 2-AAAAAA championship and recognized that no matter

May 03, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Rams clinch No. 3 seed

There isn't a better way to finish off the baseball season and prepare for the playoffs than a series against your rival. The third and fourth seed from Region 2-AAAAAA, Newton and Rockdale, started a three-game series on Tuesday, and finished up on Thursday. Though Newton lost the series after losses in the first two games, the Rams took the final regular season game of the season and sealed the three-seed with a 4-0 win over Rockdale, Thursday evening.

April 26, 2015 | Javon Dickerson | Newton


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