After another region win against the Rams on Friday, Tucker currently sits atop the region 2-AAAAAA standings, as Newton (16-5, 3-4 Region 2-AAAAAA) ranks fourth in the region behind Rockdale (15-6, 5-2 Region 2-AAAAAA) and Lovejoy (4-10, 3-3 Region 2-AAAAAA). However, this game was much different than the last, a 67-42 thrashing in early December, without center usual starting center Josh Tukes.
Tierra Hodges and Darvin Jones have been named, Alcovy's and Newton's athletes of the week respectively. For Eastside's athlete of the week, check online at covnews.com Tuesday.
Newton (12-4, 4-0 Region 2-AAAAAA) came into Friday's battle with Rockdale (6-8, 1-3 Region 2-AAAAAA) looking down at the Lady Bulldogs from high atop the Region 2-AAAAAA standings. Rockdale, despite it's sub-.500 region record, gave Newton everything it could handle. The Lady Rams answered with a resolve they've laid claim to all season.
A.J. Palomino (Newton), Nuka Yobo(Newton) and Joshua Smith (Heritage) were selected to participate in the Georgia/Florida All-star Classic. With Palomino, Smith and Yobo, Georgia beat Florida 26-14 in the classic
For the first time this season, Newton (13-3, 1-3 Region 2-AAAAAA) lost its second-straight game. The fact that this is the first time they've lost consecutive games all season is a remarkable feat, but is this a trend for the Rams or just a blip in the radar?
Nearby county rival Rockdale came to town on Friday night to face region foe Newton.
Newton basketball kept rolling over the break as the Rams went 3-0 in a holiday tournament at Walnut Grove winning the championship 39-36 over Walnut Grove. Rams' head coach Rick Rasmussen breaks down the tournament run in this exclusive question and answer.
Coaching at any level of sports is a complicated task of its own, but helping teenage boys develop into mature young men on and off the basketball courts is another complex assignment.
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.
The Newton High varsity football team had three goals entering the season and, despite a 3-5 start to the year, the Rams can still complete their third - and most important - goal Friday night on the road with a win over Luella.
Newton crowned homecoming king Corey Thomas (above) and queen Amari Davis Friday night during halftime of the Rams' 56-23 loss to the Lovejoy Wildcats.
Homecoming night was memorable for all the wrong reasons Friday night for the Newton High varsity football team, as the Rams stumbled 56-23 to region-leading Lovejoy at Sharp Stadium.
For his efforts against the Rockdale County Bulldogs last week, Newton High sophomore DeAndre Huff has been named the Rams' Athlete of the Week.
The Newton Rams will have the opportunity to knock off their second top-10 ranked opponent of the season tonight at home, welcoming Lovejoy to Sharp Stadium for homecoming.
The Rockdale County Bulldogs claimed their first win over rival Newton High in over a decade Friday night at Reid Stadium, biting the Rams 28-21 in overtime for their second region victory of the year and their first win in the County Line Classic.
The Newton Rams take the road tonight for a region contest with a little rivalry flair, as Newton travels to Reid Stadium to take on Rockdale County at 7:30 p.m.
After catching a pair of touchdown passes to lead Newton High to a 32-21 victory over Druid Hills last Friday, the Rams' Davonta Jones was named Newton's Athlete of the Week.
The Newton Rams earned their second region win of the season Friday night, getting back to .500 with a 32-21 victory over Druid Hills at Sharp Stadium.
After recording four hits in back-to-back games against Luella and Alcovy in the Region 2-AAAAAA softball postseason tournament, Newton shortstop Ciara Bryan has been named Rams Athlete of the Week.
The Newton Rams enter their sixth game of the season Friday night at Sharp Stadium against Druid Hills with one goal on their mind.
The Newton Rams will join Alcovy in the second round of the winner's bracket in the Region 2-AAAAAA postseason tournament, outlasting the Luella Lions 5-3 Tuesday night at Alcovy.
After falling in the first match of a tri-match against Eastside on Thursday, the Newton Rams rebounded with a straight set win over Alcovy.
The Newton Rams won their region opener, while grabbing their second win of the season, against the Alcovy Tigers on Friday night 17-14 at Sharp Stadium, spoiling the Tigers' hopes of obtaining the Newton Cup.
For his efforts on the gridiron, Newton High sophomore running back Artice Hobbs has been named Rams Athlete of the Week.