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Q&A: Rick Rasmussen

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.

January 24, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Athletes of the week: 1/12

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.

January 17, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Lady Rams region REIGN won’t stop

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.

January 10, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Newton/Rockdale represent Georgia in Georgia/Florida ALL-STAR Game

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

January 10, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Cause for concern?

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?

January 10, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Newton splits with Rockdale

Nearby county rival Rockdale came to town on Friday night to face region foe Newton.

January 09, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Rams take the title at Walnut Grove tourney

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.

January 03, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


The system

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.

December 27, 2014 | Javon Dickerson Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Newton’s FAB FIVE

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.

December 20, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Running into a buzz saw

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.

December 13, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Newton takes FIRST

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.

December 13, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Newton vs. Tucker: Believe the hype

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.

December 11, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Newton wins two against Alcovy

Facing a rival for the third straight game, Newton dominated once again, with the girls winning 54-52 and the boys winning 70-51.

December 09, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Newton wins round 1

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.

December 07, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Lady 'Noles survive/Rams top Salem

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.

December 06, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


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Archive By Section - Newton


Shut 'em down

The Newton Rams made sure there would be no repeat of last year's upset loss at Eastside Saturday. And they made it look easy.

December 17, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Newton


Stephenson hands Newton girls first region loss

With two region wins in their back pockets, the Lady Rams liked their chances at a third and the upset over Stephenson Tuesday. Then the two teams hit the floor and reality sunk in.

December 15, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Newton


Sense of normalcy

The Rams may have found their groove. All it took was a game against Stephenson.

December 15, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Newton


Foiled again

The legend of Newton guard Stephen Croone is growing by the game. Unfortunately for the Rams, they have yet to capitalize on his newfound penchant for dramatics.

December 10, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Newton


Lady Rams cruise to 2-0 in region play

Newton's girls are off to their best start in six years after a 61-40 win over Langston Hughes Friday. Their win moved them to 2-0 in Region 2-AAAAA and 3-1, equaling their start to the 2006-07 – the season first under head coach Tiffani Johnson.

December 10, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Newton


Ram rookie plays like a seasoned vet

Rashard Cabane showed toughness in first start as a varsity Ram. He also showed enough to earn The Covington News Athlete of the Week

December 02, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Newton


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


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