Rick Rasmussen earned his 200th win as a head coach with a 64-37 dominant victory over Lovejoy tonight.
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.
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.
Newton girls' tennis lost its third straight match, falling 4-1 at Rockdale Monday.