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.
In opening game on Senior Night the Lady Rams exploded from the opening tip and never looked back as they pounded the Lady Indians from East Coweta by a 64-31 margin.
Five Newton Ram seniors were recognized on Senior Night Friday and it was those seniors who were instrumental in a 73-61 win over East Coweta.
A Newton High School freshman took championship in his fighting division in a six-day karate competition in Sacramento.
After a tough loss to Stephenson on Friday night, the Newton Lady Rams bounced back on Saturday afternoon with a convincing 60-41 win over the Heritage Lady Patriots.
The Newton Rams culminated their week of three road games with a 73-52 beat down of the Heritage Patriots on Saturday afternoon at Heritage.
The Stephenson Jaguars will not shed any tears when the new region alignments go into effect next basketball season. For the eighth straight time, Newton came away with a win after a 67-44 drubbing Friday.
Newton's girls started slow but came on late to snatch a 56-45 win over M.L. King Friday.
Though you wouldn't know it by their record, the Newton Rams (12-5, 5-3 Region 2-AAAAA) have had a trying season so far. Of their five losses, four have been by two points or less including three as time expired. But the Rams looked like a team ready to go on a roll after Friday's 67-55 win over M.L. King.
The Newton Lady Rams saw their game against Luella slip from their grasp Tuesday as they dropped a one-point heartbreaker 56-55.
The Newton Rams faced a much-improved Luella team Tuesday looking to bounce back from a disappointing loss to Alcovy over the weekend and did just that with a 58-47 win.
The Covington Rotary Club gave its annual Newton County Champion award to Newton High School this year. Newton coach Cortez Allen accepted the trophy Tuesday afternoon, thanking the Rotarians over lunch. He described the program's difficulties this year, including losing two key players to injury.
In the girls' contest, Newton played perhaps its best overall game from start to finish in earning 79-69 road win to split the season series.
The Newton Rams took the long bus ride to East Coweta Friday hoping to rebound from their gut-wrenching loss to Westlake Tuesday. They did so and more as they came out of the gate firing on all cylinders and coasted to a 90-51 win.
The Lady Rams also dropped a tough decision at home on Tuesday night as they fell to Westlake by a 55-51 final.
Eastside slipped held off a fourth-quarter rally to slip past Locust Grove 50-48 in overtime Tuesday to earn the season sweep and improve to 5-3 in Region 4-AAA play.