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.
Newton is using this spring football season to get its younger players ready for the 2012 season, in particular a player who will see a large part of the spotlight.
Sophomore Kemani Pittman is being worked as the No. 1 quarterback after playing 2011 as the junior varsity starter.
The Newton boys' track team came out of the first ever sectionals tournament with three athletes headed to state.
The Newton Rams gave their seniors a successful send off with a 5-3 win over the visiting Rockdale Bulldogs Wednesday night.
Alex Grady led Newton County to the first Georgia West Sectionals at McEachern High Saturday.
The Newton Rams missed out on the 2012 baseball playoffs, but it wasn't with a lack of drama.
Alex Ordu continued to add to his list of honors in his first year of college basketball.
Emili Russ may have sat out her entire junior season, but her work ethic, perseverance and talent level was enough to prove that she deserved to play in college.
Newton stayed within one game of fourth place Westlake by dominating the visiting Langston-Hughes Panthers 10-0 Friday night.
The Newton boys' basketball team has consistently been one of the most successful in the area over the last couple of year, winning back-to-back region titles, before finishing as runner up in 2012.
Newton had a five-run lead disappear late Tuesday in a 6-5 loss to Newnan.
Newton refused to end its winning streak, despite being three outs from a two-run loss Saturday.
The Rams won their second game of the day and fourth in two days in dominating fashion over South Cobb Saturday.
The Newton Rams fought off an eight-run fourth inning by the Stephenson Jaguars to hold on for a 14-10 win Friday night in a key region contest at Stephenson.
The Newton Rams started off the second half of region play with a 9-1 victory over MLK at Newton High Tuesday night.
Stephen Croone has been one of the best players on his team all year long.