Newton lost star point guard D.J. Hill to college along with a number of other talented seniors, but the team isn't in a rebuilding state of mind. With the additions of freshmen Ashton Hagans and Colby Rogers plus the emergence of juniors J.D. Notae and Dante Johnson Newton will be a formidable bunch when the season starts.
The Newton Rams football team won its second 7-on-7 camp of the summer beating Dorman 22-14 at UGA. The AJC ranked Rams' receiver/defensive back Deandre Huff second overall of the top 10 performers at the camp. Running back Kurt Taylor Jr. was ranked 10th on the same list. The Rams will move on to South Carolina to play some of the best teams in the southeast.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For the second year in a row, the Newton Rams hosted a home playoff game.
The Newton Rams varsity football team welcomes the McEachern Indians to Sharp Stadium tonight for the first round of the state playoffs, fresh off a 49-30 win over Morrow last Saturday in the Rams' final regular season contest.
The Newton High men's varsity basketball team doesn't officially begin its season until next week, but the Rams are ready to welcome fans into their new gym for the 2013-2014 season.
Monday afternoon on the hardwood, Newton High women's varsity basketball coach Tiffani Johnson pulled her team together for a quick talk.
The Newton High Lady Rams cross country program competed this past weekend at the Georgia High School Association Class 6A State Cross Country Championships.
Featuring a double pass, a fainting fan and a punt kicked into the back of a teammate's head, Saturday's contest between the Newton Rams and the Morrow Mustangs proved to be bizarre on its unusual weekend date.
The Newton Rams have an opportunity Saturday afternoon to even their record on Senior Day, as they host the visiting Morrow Mustangs in their final regular season game of the year.
For his efforts on the gridiron last week, Newton defensive back Isaiah Fassett has been named the Newton Athlete of the Week.
The Newton Rams and Alcovy Tigers varsity cross-country programs competed in the Region 2-AAAAAA championship meet at Druid Hills Middle School this past Saturday.
The Newton Rams kept their playoff hopes alive Friday night on the road, defeating Luella in a 13-7 defensive battle.
For his efforts on the gridiron throughout the course of the 2013 season, Newton High wide receiver Taylor Hawkins has been named Rams Athlete of the Week.
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.