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Year one

Speaking to head coach Ashley Coles after her team became the runner up in region 2-AAAAAA, she was confident her team could advance to the second round. Those expectations, although they were not met were very realistic. The Lady Rams came into the first round with an 13-15 record and Tift came into the matchup with an 11-17 record. After Tift's sweep against Newton the two teams finished with identical records. Coles recaps her first year as head coach and speaks on the future of the program in this Q&A.

October 18, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Newton falls in first round

Newton's softball team fresh off asecond place finish in the Region 2-AAAAAA tournament hosted the first round matchup of the Georgia AAAAAA state playoffs against Tift County.

October 15, 2014 | Javon Dickerson | Newton


Athletes of the week: 10/6

Artice Hobbs and Josh Slaton have been selected as the athletes of the week for their respective schools. Newton and Alcovy played on Friday. These two players stood out amongst their peers. Eastside played late on Saturday, after press deadline; the Eagles' Athlete of the Week will be named at www.covnews.com on Monday.

October 11, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Game analysis: Finding gems

Without two of their usual starters, senior receiver Davonta Jones and defensive back Steven Montac, the Rams were able to fend off a scrappy Alcovy team and cruise to a 33-7 victory. Within the game Newton was able to realize the depth it has at quarterback and at running back. The Tigers saw that they're not without promise on defense and that turnovers are still a problem.

October 11, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Newton Rams' offense: Read & react

Romario Johnson looks off to the sideline as the rest of the offense gets set. The coaches are signaling to Johnson with an array of arm movements, not a play but a playlist. In Rams' coach Terrance Banks' spread offense the quarterback is the key to the offense's success. Johnson gets the options from the coaches, and it's up to him to read the defense's coverage and choose the best play.

October 11, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Falcons hold clinic at Newton High

The fourth Atlanta Falcons Heads Up Clinic of the fall took place at Newton High School on Monday night in Covington. This clinic included 112 parents in attendance during the informational session and 194 youth participants.

October 07, 2014 | Staff Report | Newton


Outmatched

The saying goes numbers never lie, that saying is inaccurate. Numbers won't necessarily lie, but they won't tell you the full story.

October 04, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Friday night football roundup

Sunday is for the NFL, Saturday is for college football, but Friday? Friday is for the gridiron warriors that eventually gravitate to college, and for some, the pros. Friday is for high school football.

October 03, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Feast or famine

Now it counts for real.

September 30, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


U.S. Baseball Academy partners with Newton

U.S. Baseball Academy is pleased to announce the opening of its Covington, GA location and the beginning of registration for its winter/spring program.

September 25, 2014 | Staff Report | Newton


Ciara Bryan: Newton Athlete of the week

The Covington News has chosen Ciara Bryan as Newton High School's athlete of the week. Bryan plays shortstop for the Lady Rams. For the week of September 15, the Lady Rams went 2-0 in the region and Bryan helped by accumulating seven hits and two home runs.

September 23, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


‘...it won’t be a nice environment’

Coming up this Friday is probably the biggest rematch in Newton history. The Rams are traveling down to face Lowndes - currently ranked No. 11 in the state by maxpreps.com - again after beating them 15-14 last year on the final play of the game that saw Davonta Jones catch a pass to tie the game before the extra point was good. The Covington News talked with Rams' head coach Terrance Banks about playing in that hostile environment and his preparation for another shocking win down in Valdosta.

September 16, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Lady Rams rout Rockdale

Newton High School topped rival, Rockdale High School 10-5 on Tuesday evening. The Lady Rams dominated for much of the game, holding a 10-1 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning. The Bulldogs showed heart and scored four runs in the seventh, but Newton closed the door and took the victory.

September 16, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Rams show promise, game cancelled

For the second week in a row, Newton's game got cancelled after almost one full quarter of play against Westlake. This game was supposed to be the one to test Newton, and see if its two wins weren't just wins because they were against weak competition. Although there was only a small sample size to judge from, as neither coach had the benefit of a halftime or end of a quarter to make adjustments, it was enough to see that the Rams are special. It was enough to make one believe that they can go down to Lowndes ...

September 13, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Homecoming

There is a saying, 'the best defense is a good offense,' but there's another saying 'defense wins a championships.' Newton (2-0, Region 2-AAAAAA) subscribes more to the mantra of having a good offense, and Westlake (2-1, Region 3-AAAAAA) is more of a defensive juggernaut.

September 11, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


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Who's got next?

For the past two seasons, no team has been better in the county - in its region for that matter, than Newton's boys. The Rams are the reigning two-time Region 2-AAAAA champions and compiled a 33-1 region record since 2009. In short, they've been atop the mountain for a while. But things will look a lot different this year.

November 22, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Newton


Somber Win

Newton survived four overtimes to beat region opponent Luella High School Lions 36-30 on senior night at Homer Sharp Stadium Friday. Unfortunately, the win wasn't enough to propel them to the playoffs.

November 05, 2011 | Reggie Lumpkin | Newton


Rams face must-win to keep playoffs hopes alive

Two weeks ago, the Rams' playoff hopes were left for dead. Four straight losses to open Region 2-AAAAA had taken care of that. With one game remaining, not only have Newton's postseason chances been resuscitated, they're very much alive.

November 03, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Newton


Friday night lights will be ultra bright this week

If you like high school football, you're going to love Friday's slate of games. It will be perhaps the single-most important night of high school football Newton County has ever seen. For the first time since the county has had three high schools, each team's season finale carries significant weight.

November 01, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Newton


Rams win, inch closer to playoffs

Two weeks ago, the Rams were an afterthought to make the state playoffs and it looked like Alcovy of all teams was going to be the county's lone playoff team. Now, it's entirely possible they could be the third county team to play an 11th game.

October 29, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Newton


Seizing opportunity

The last time we saw Demetrius McCray and Justin Wray on the field together, they were engaged in one of the best high school football games the county has ever seen. Then again, Appalachian State University football fans get to see the duo play together every Saturday. Or at least they will next year.

October 25, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Newton


Rams top Westlake, pick up first region win

Newton finally earned its first region win while snapping its four-game losing streak Saturday with a 35-14 win over Westlake. The Rams forced five turnovers and the offense had its most complete game of the season in the process.

October 22, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Newton


She's got game

Newton basketball has a rich tradition. The boys' team won the state championship in 1964 and legendary coach Ron Bradley guided his team to a state-record 129-game home winning streak spanning a nine-year period. More recently, the Rams have won two region championships and made it to the Class AAAAA Final Four in 2010.

October 18, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Newton


Newton out after Lowndes sweep

VALDOSTA - The Vikettes swept Newton in the first round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs on Wednesday at the Morris-Coats Field of Dreams. They beat Newton 6-1 in the first game and 9-1 in the second.

October 13, 2011 | Christian Malone | Newton


For openers

Two of the three county softball teams made the postseason after earning one of the four available slots in their respective region tournaments. Newton travels to Valdosta to play Region 1-AAAAA champion Lowndes while Eastside opens up the Class AAA playoffs hosting Harlem.

October 11, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Newton


NHS softball, volleyball make state

Newton's two girls' teams moved on to play in the Class AAAAA playoffs in softball and volleyball after earning berths in their respective region tournaments. Unfortunately for Alcovy, the same can't be said.

October 08, 2011 | Staff Report | Newton


Stephenson runs over Newton 34-6

The Rams knew what they had to do over the next two weeks if they were going to make the state playoffs - win one or both games. Apparently Stephenson's Mike Davis didn't really care.

October 08, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Newton


Rams face must-win to stay in playoff hunt

Newton is in need of a win tonight when the Rams face Stephenson at Sharp Stadium. How bad do they need one? It's pretty simple. If they lose, their chances of making the postseason are likely over.

October 06, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Newton


Rams fall to Newnan 21-7 for first loss

Newton's bid to take down Newnan and open the season 4-0 for a second straight season never really got going Saturday. Poor field position, penalties and three turnovers sunk the Rams and it was the Cougars who avenged last year's stunning loss with a 21-7 win.

September 27, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Newton


Rams open region play, host Newnan

Fresh off his best game as starter, Newton quarterback Gmatreian Brown leads the Rams into region play tomorrow when they take on Newnan at Sharp Stadium. Kickoff is at 7:30.

September 22, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Newton


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