The Rams' state playoff run stopped on a cold Thursday night at Wheeler High School, with a large number of Newton fans tucked inside Wheeler's gym hoping to see the Newton boys basketball team pull of yet another upset. Three days later and the buzz has died, but the players and head coach Rick Rasmussen will always know how it all came together.
Even with the winter weather we experienced this past week, spring sports are off and running in full affect. The Newton High School baseball team has already got into the middle of their non-region schedule. Due to several rain-outs, Newton had only played two games until Friday evening where they were looking to get a win over the MLK Lions. Going into the game 0-2, Newton needed this win to kick start the season, but couldn't get it done and fell 8-4 to the Lions.
Newton junior guard Jaquan Sims will play in the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association (GACA) North/South All-Star boys basketball game. Sims will replace an injured player, as he was named an alternate for the contest, when rosters were being picked. Players from all over Georgia will participate in the contest. There is a game for juniors and one for seniors. Rams' guard D.J. Hill was also named as an alternate, but it has not yet been announced if he'll play in the game.
The third time wasn't the charm for Newton (22-9, 5-5 Region 2-AAAAAA), a team that had been on a wild Cinderella run in the state playoffs with upsets over powerhouse Tift County and Dacula. The favorites to win it all in 6-AAAAAA, Wheeler (28-2) and No. 2 player in the nation Jaylen Brown, ended the Rams' season with a 72-54 win.
Man, what a run it was. Newton played the underdog three times in the state playoffs, first upsetting Tift County – originally a favorite to at least make the elite eight – then beating Dacula in the sweet sixteen. However, Newton couldn't best Wheeler in the elite eight and fell to the Wildcats 72-54.
Newton High School's elite eight matchup against Wheeler in the state basketball playoff tips off tonight at 7 p.m.
No. Way. There was no way Newton would go down and beat defending Region 2-AAAAAA state champion Tift County as a No. 4 seed, versus the second-ranked team in the state. Not in Tift. Not a team that was 26-1, undefeated in their region and hadn't lost a game since January 8.
With a 58-54 win over Dacula, Newton boys basketball will advance to the elite eight for the first time since 2011.
Newton won over Tift 52-49.
The Lady Rams of Newton have been in a bunch of close games all year. They beat Tucker by two in their first game of the season, they beat Alcovy on a putback buzzer beater, they survived to beat Eastside and Rockdale by one and they beat Heritage by three. This would leave you to believe that when Newton had the ball down one, with a little less than 30 seconds left that they'd pull out a victory and win the region championship.
In the first half, the young stars of the Lady Rams were flying high and running fast. Freshman guard Alexcia Chatman made sure her presences was known.
Being a football coach in today's world is a complicated and draining occupation that has it highs and lows. Your biggest duty is to teach and motivate your players to become better on the field, and turn that into winning football games. That itself is not a walk in the park with complexities and other outside distractions that can happen; it's very complicated to build a winning team.
Rivalry game after rivalry game, fans take to social media, the local barbershops and pretty much any place where you can strike up a normal conversation to discuss which school/team is the best. Between the two counties there are six high schools, all vying for bragging rights. We decided to end the talk and put it on paper (actually computer, because technology, but you get it). Every team has pretty much ended its regular season and region tournaments are set to begin next week. The following list has been compiled based on regular season wins, regions wins, wins against ...
With a 64-37 thrashing of Lovejoy, Newton High School basketball coach Rick Rasmussen earned the 200th win of his career. Rasmussen speaks on the accomplishment and what's ahead for him in this Q&A.
Ashley Coles has been with Brittney Ellis as a pitching coach since Ellis was eight. Now, it's come full circle as they enter their inaugural seasons at Newton High School. Ellis is a freshman pitcher for Newton and Coles is the Lady Rams' head coach.
In a rare, late Saturday evening matchup, Rome High School will travel to Sharp Stadium to take on Newton in a battle of spread offenses.
After scoring a combined 111 points in just two games to start the season, it's safe to say Newton's high-powered offense is going to be tough to stop. It's also probably safe to say that Newton will live and die on the shoulders – and the legs – of junior quarterback Romario Johnson.
The Kiwanis Club hosted Newton County high school football coaches yesterday, and they spoke about an array of topics such as the season, former players, Newton County school system and more.
A chance to make history is on the line this season for the Newton Rams. For the first time in school history, the Rams have the opportunity to make it to the playoffs for three consecutive seasons. The Covington News talked with Rams' head coach Terrance Banks about his team and the process they must go through to reach their goals.
The Newton High School football didn't disappoint its spirited fans during the Rams' 2014 season opener Friday, dominating Berkmar from start to finish to the tune of a 48-21 victory.
Finally, football is back.
After a disparaging loss to Heritage last week, the Lady Rams rebounded and came out with a 5-2 victory over Shiloh.
It may have been the most hyped scrimmage in Newton county football history. There were no kickoffs, punt returns, or hits to the quarterbacks but it was football, and more importantly to the community it was Newton vs Eastside. For the first time in two years Newton was back on top and defeated the Eagles 36-23.
A day that was expected to be cool and cloudy turned out to be hot and sunny, and it was the Lady Rams who benefited. Newton's softball team dispatched Locust Grove in a 3-0 win.
Newton High School's football team got their first chance to practice in pads on Friday after spending much of the summer running practices in shorts and participating in seven-on-seven tournaments.
It's a new beginning for the Newton softball program, as father/daughter combo Greg Cowan and Ashley Coles take over as head coach and assistant head coach respectively.
Although his summer basketball season is over, we caught up with head coach Rick Rasmussen to ask him a few random questions so Newton County to get to know one of its heralded coaches.
Signings don't usually come this late in the summer, but as they say 'better late than never.'
From June 13 to June 28 the Newton Rams played about 30 games in preparation for the season that is still months away, as they went 21-9 overall.