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Q&A with Newton Rams hoops coach Rick Rasmussen

The Covington News chose Newton boys basketball coach Rick Rasmussen as our Standout Coach of the Year, primarily because of how he guided a nationally ...

March 26, 2017 | Tyler Williams | Newton


Lexii Chatman's small stature doesn't stop her from playing big

COVINGTON, Ga. -- It doesn't take Lexii Chatman long to think about that one play that highlighted the kind of season she had for the ...

March 26, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


J.D. Notae is a proud, homegrown Newton hoops product

COVINGTON, Ga. -- For some millennial generation high school athletes, things like taking pride in the community you were raised in and sticking your chest out ...

March 26, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


Newton Rams shutout by Grayson for second straight game

The Newton Rams baseball team was handed its second defeat in a row by Grayson High Wednesday night, suffering a 3-0 loss in game two ...

March 23, 2017 | Tyler Williams | Newton


Newton football players have impressive showings at Sunday camp

A group of Newton Rams football players had a strong showing during the Battle MVP Camp held Sunday at Lovejoy High School in Clayton County.

March 20, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


Newton goalkeeper Lauren Williams rapidly emerging in first year of soccer

Even in a team sport, sometimes the best athletes have a little bit of an innate selfish gene in them.

March 05, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


Newton baseball exceeding expectations in young season

Don't look now, but the Newton Rams baseball team is on a hot streak.

March 05, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


Newton's season comes to end at the hands of revenge-minded Tift County

This time, the Newton Rams were on the wrong side of revenge.

March 02, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


Newton baseball grinds out non-region win against Tucker

It was a grinder that started over an hour late, but the Newton Rams generated enough at the plate early, and got a solid performance ...

March 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Newton


Newton's Rick Rasmussen tabbed as GACA all-star game head coach

No matter how much longer the Newton boys basketball team's season lasts through the state tournament, Rams head coach Rick Rasmussen won't be ...

February 28, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


STATE TOURNAMENT PREVIEW: An early look at Wednesday's Tift County-Newton matchup

So as exciting as last Thursday's triple overtime win against Westlake was, we can't talk about it forever, simply because Newton still has ...

February 27, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


STOVALL: Newton successfully channeled the spirit of Ric Flair against Westlake

*Note: Two corrections are made in this article that didn't make the print version. First, this article correctly reflects Newton's semifinal site as ...

February 27, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


Newton boys celebrate, but turn their sights toward Tift County

It's an arguable matter of discussion to say that Newton sophomore Colby Rogers hit the game's biggest shots when he sunk four straight ...

February 24, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


NEWTON BASKETBALL: Analyzing Thursday night's top performers

There's still so much to unpack in Newton's 89-83 triple overtime win over defending state champion Westlake Thursday night that we're going ...

February 24, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


Newton outlasts Westlake in triple overtime thriller, advance to play Tift County

It took three overtimes and some clutch shooting by a sometimes unsung senior hero and an emerging sophomore for the Newton Rams to gut out ...

February 23, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


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Newton baseball team set for playoffs

The regular season has officially ended for Region 2-AAAAA baseball. Newton High School joins Rockdale, Lakeside and Tucker as the four teams from the region to clinch playoff spots, and in the last week of the regular season, they battled it out for their final positions.

April 23, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | Newton


Covington native gets AP All-American honorable mention

Former Newton High School basketball standout Stephen Croone has been named an Honorable Mention All-American by the Associated Press for his efforts with the Furman Paladins.

April 09, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | Newton


Newton’s Graydon kicks it at Greenville

Kickers rarely ever get any love. Donovan Graydon got a lot of it Tuesday afternoon when he signed his national letter of intent, accepting a scholarship to play football at Greenville College.

March 23, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Newton's Holloman leading the pack

There's a storm coming. Well, actually the storm is already here and it's been here for a while. Like a host of other football fans, you have probably slept on Jeremiah Holloman, rising senior wide receiver at Newton High School.

March 23, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Rams’ run ends in final four

Newton High School was the better team for 30 minutes, but 30 minutes of near-perfect basketball wasn't enough in a 32-minute game Saturday. The length and athleticism of the Westlake High basketball team took over in the final two minutes and the Lions beat Newton 64-59.

February 29, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Rams’ big 3 lead Newton to Final 4

The key to Newton's success in the 2015-2016 boys' basketball season has been its three talented backcourt mates, Jaquan Simms, JD Notae and Ashton Hagans. The trio provides Newton with a stability on both sides of the ball unlike any other in the state.

February 29, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Newton smacks Grayson in Elite 8

Newton outscored Grayson 23-9 in the third quarter, and its big three, of JD Notae, Ashton Hagans and Jaquan Simms scored a combined 54 points total to beat the other Rams 71-52 and avance to the final four of the Georgia High School Association basketball tournament Thursday.

February 26, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Newton's sweet victory

The Newton Rams were close to blowing a double-digit lead against Peachtree Ridge on Saturday evening, but instead of allowing a Lions' comeback victory, they held on to win 63-61 and advance to the Georgia High School Association basketball elite eight for the second-straight year.

February 20, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Rams top UNC commit Brandon Robinson and Douglas County

Down four entering the fourth quarter against a tough No. 4 seed in Douglas County and University of North Carolina commit Brandon Robinson, a fiery speech from Coach Rick Rasmussen at the end of the third lit a fire under the Rams and they went on to win 71-65, advancing to play Peachtree Ridge on Saturday 6 p.m.

February 18, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Newton's strong 4th gives them the “W”

Good teams usually find a way to win games, even when their shot isn't falling. That's what the Lady Rams were able to do against Langston Hughes on Wednesday evening in a low-scoring 35-28 Newton win to advance to play West Forsyth in the Sweet 16 on the road, Friday.

February 18, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Rams win region!!!

Newton outscored Tucker 33-23 in the second half to beat Tucker and win the 2-AAAAAA region championship, in a 61-46 win.

February 16, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Lady Tigers pull away against Newton

Newton put up a valiant effort but Tucker ran away with the game in the fourth quarter, winning the 2-AAAAAA region championship, 79-72.

February 15, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Newton reclaims the crown

After letting Rockdale come back from an 11-point deficit with less than three minutes to play and beat Newton at home on senior night, the Rams reedemed themselves in a 17-point victory (59-42) over nearby county rival Rockdale.

February 12, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Lady Rams withstand late push by Lovejoy

After going into the fourth quarter up by eight points, Lovejoy battled back to give the Lady Rams a late scare, but Newton took its final lead in the closing seconds to advance to the region championship game with the 65-62 win.

February 12, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Notae, Simms & Hagans named All-Region

Three Newton Rams made the All-Region 2-AAAAAA basketball team and Rockdale's Jalen Jordan beat out Tucker's Kenton Eskridge and Newton's JD Notae to take home Region 2-AAAAAA Player of the Year honors. The 2-AAAAAA coaches ranked the players in order of the first and second All-Region teams and they are listed below along with the honorable mentions.

February 09, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


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