Normally when a coach starts three or more freshman its by default and that team is probably in for a long season filled with a lot of mistakes. Newton's girls basketball team starts three freshmen, but is off to an 8-2 start this season and they'll only get better with time.
Newton faced its toughest competition of the season on Friday since beating Butler in an exhibition match before the regular season and it showed as Newton got blowed out 67-42 against Tucker.
Newton had put up a good fight. They were in it with Tucker the entire game, but the defending state champion Lady Tigers had taken a six point lead with just a couple of minutes remaining in the contest. To lose by a few points to a team that won a state championship last year would be an honorable moral victory. But the Lady Rams didn't want a moral victory. They wanted to make a statement.
More than just bragging rights are on the line for Friday night's Newton/Tucker matchup. Tucker, which was added to Region 2-AAAAAA this year, is pretty much a powerhouse in every high school sport and that doesn't change in basketball.
Facing a rival for the third straight game, Newton dominated once again, with the girls winning 54-52 and the boys winning 70-51.
The rivalry that exists between Eastside and Newton has been well documented. For any contest or sporting event that the two compete in, the ultimate goal is to beat the other one, the school across the county.
Salem's girls survived against a strong push from a promising Newton team with a bright future, but Newton's boys dealt the Seminoles their second loss of the season.
Newton, both the girls and the boys, got convincing victories over county rival Eastside. The girls started it off with a 76-51 victory and the boys followed it up by winning 57-43.
All good things must come to an end. Newton's outstanding playoff run ended on Friday after a devastating 43-29 loss to Etowah.
Before the season, Rams' head coach Terrance Banks talked a big game about his team. It had some wondering if he was just being arrogant or if there was actual truth to his words. The Rams just lost their last game of the season, going 2-1 in the playoffs, but it seems Banks was right about a lot.
This week is a special edition of our athletes of the week page. With Eastside and Alcovy basketball having away games, we decided that Newton's seniors would be the athletes of the week. All of Newton's seniors have made some type of impact on this season, but we can only highlight a few of them. Honorable mentions: Nuka Yobo and Steven Montac.
With five minutes and 31 seconds left Newton awaited a kickoff with the game tied at 29. It was everything the Rams wanted, until it wasn't.
All year long Newton football made its money on offense where Rams' head coach Terrance Banks had nine returning starters from last year's team. As the Black Knights know, the Rams live and die (mostly living) on the arms and legs of Romario Johnson. However, it's been the Rams' defense that has propelled the team to new heights in this year's playoffs.
They say pressure either makes pipes burst or it makes diamonds. Plenty of pressure was on Newton to follow up the win against Valdosta and solidify the Rams as a program to be reckoned with. The only pressure that showed against Central Gwinnett was the pressure from the Rams' defense.
Newton versus Heritage was all it was hyped up to be, at least in terms of the jawing between the two sides in the crowd. To begin the boys matchup, Newton fans brought out their newspapers (Covington News papers of course) when the boys varsity players were announced. It was a smart play, and it worked. Although, the fan contest is over, you can still sends us your fan photos for a chance to get the #FanPhotoOfTheWeek in our weekly Sunday edition.
The Newton Rams have an opportunity to knock off their second consecutive top-10 opponent tonight, but this time, the Rams won't be sneaking into Lowndes County.
After helping the Rams to a win over Meadowcreek Tuesday afternoon, Newton senior setter Tiandria Cotton has been named the Rams' Player of the Week.
It was a busy celebratory week for the Newton High varsity football team, but amidst all the fanfare and accolades, the Rams aren't ready to call their season a success after just one surprising victory.
After a standout performance last Friday against No. 4 Lowndes, Newton linebacker A.J. Palomino has been named the Newton Player of the Week.
The Newton Rams celebrated their selection as the FOX 5 Atlanta High 5 Team of the Week Thursday morning.
The Newton varsity softball team learned the hard way that errors can quickly turn a game around.
The Newton Rams made a statement heard around Georgia this past week.
For his effort in the Rams' 34-28 loss to Eastside last week, Newton quarterback Romario Johnson has been named the Newton High School Athlete of the Week.
In sports, fans believe that winning cures all.
The Social Circle varsity softball team used double-digits hits to hammer Newton 10-2 at home on Wednesday.
While running in 90- degree heat might sound like torture for some, for a select few, there is nothing like it.
Two former Newton High School football standouts are ready to help start a new era at Mercer University.
The Newton High Rams softball team came into this season with great expectations after making it to the state playoffs last season.
The Newton boys' basketball team averaged 48 points per game in 2012-13, 20 below Region 2-AAAAAA regular season champion Rockdale, and 11 below the region tournament champions, Druid Hills.
The season really never ends for the Newton boys' basketball team, which is hard at work four months after its last game.