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.
The Newton Rams suffered their second consecutive road loss Friday night at Langston Hughes, falling to the Panthers 44-7 at Langston Hughes Stadium.
The crash came hard for Newton coach Terrance Banks after the fall.
Newton junior Racheal Brown has been named the Rams' Athlete of the Week this week for her relentless effort on the cross country course.
The Newton varsity volleyball team's senior class went out with a bang Tuesday night at home, defeating county rival Alcovy 3-1 on Senior Night.
The Newton Rams fell to 1-2 Friday night on the road at Valdosta, as the Wildcats earned a 41-14 victory over the Rams in non-region play.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Newton Rams softball team hosted the Seminoles of Salem at Newton High, falling 4-3 in non-region action.
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.