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Newton girls' basketball coach Tiffani Johnson 'bleeds blue and white'

If you peaked at the scoreboard during virtually any part of the Newton Lady Rams' basketball team's last two games, you would think there ...

December 06, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


Newton Lady Rams rout Eastside

Newton Lady Rams coach Tiffani Johnson charged her team to start fast and end well against its archival Eastside and cause the game to be ...

December 03, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


Newton trio named to prestigious Atlanta TipOff Club's Preseason All-Metro Team

One of the more prestigious groups of high school prognosticators has taken note of the talent on the Newton boys basketball team.

December 02, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


Newton's Jeremiah Holloman commits to UGA

Newton Rams four-star wide receiver Jeremiah Holloman has committed to the University of Georgia, according to Newton Rams assistant coach Josh Skelton who contacted The ...

December 01, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


Newton's Jefferies gets offers from Tennessee, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech

People are starting to take notice of Darnell Jefferies.

December 01, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


Newton girls, boys basketball sweep Heritage-Newnan, now shift sights to Eastside

In typical head coach fashion, Tiffani Johnson could still pick out some of the warts in the midst of an impressive performance.

November 30, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


Newton boys basketball stays unbeaten despite tough weekend schedule

Most preseason boys basketball polls had the Newton Rams boys ranked No. 5. But after a season opening week of blowout wins against ranked teams ...

November 28, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


Isaiah Miller finds good fit at Newton

By now, Isaiah Miller has had almost a half dozen regular season games to get acclimated to his new surroundings and teammates at Newton High.

November 28, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


PREP BASKETBALL: No. 5 Newton off to a hot 2016-17 start

The opening weekend and week of the Newton boys basketball's 2016-17 schedule should give coach Rick Rasmussen a much clearer understanding of how championship ...

November 23, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


No. 5 Newton looking for pay back against Henry County

Armani Harris will admit it. He, nor his Newton boys' basketball teammates, takes losing very well.

November 17, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


Newton coach Terrence Banks upbeat for 2017 season

As the Newton Rams wrapped their arms around each other last Friday night, and swayed side to side while facing their marching band that played ...

November 14, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


Newton's Jeremiah Holloman close to making college choice

Midway through the third quarter in Friday's playoff loss to top-ranked Mill Creek, J.J. Holloman had that look on his face that many ...

November 12, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


Newton offense sputters in 41-0 season ending loss to No. 1 Mill Creek

HOSCHTON, Ga. -- Brock Blake threw three interceptions in relief of an injured Myron Middlebrooks, and the Newton offense mustered just 56 total yards as the ...

November 11, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


Newton's J.D. Notae signs to Jacksonville University

When J.D. Notae made his decision to choose to sign with Jacksonville University two weeks ago, he called it a burden lifted off of ...

November 10, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


Newton football sets sights on No. 1 Mill Creek after Rockdale win

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November 05, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


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Michigan offers Kurt Taylor Jr.

Kurt Taylor Jr. has slowly been gaining attention from colleges across the nation. He's been on multiple unofficial visits and met coaches from UGA to Rutgers, but it means nothing if they don't make the three-star running back an offer. Michigan was added to the list of schools that have offered Newton's star running back, and they're easily the biggest and best offer thus far. Offers will pour in this season if Taylor Jr. has the kind of season many people believe he can have.

August 10, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Eyeing the crown

A 13-17 (8-2 Region 2-AAAAAA) record last year yielded a huge blowout loss to county/region rival Alcovy in the region championship and a first round exit in the playoffs. The Lady Rams were a team lacking experience last year, but in 2015 they have an abundance of it.

August 10, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Enter the Jaguar

Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback and former Newton High School football star Demetrius McCray is gearing up for his third season in the NFL and he's hoping that it'll be his best yet.

July 26, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Humble and hungry

Barely leading with minutes left in the game, a Newton turnover gave the ball and a chance to take a commanding lead back to Etowah. Again and again Etowah lined up and ran through Newton, eventually scoring two touchdowns in the final minutes of the game, advancing to the final four and sending Newton packing.

July 19, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Q&A: Rick Rasmussen

Editor's note: While on vacation in Seattle for the holiday weekend, I called up Newton head coach Rick Rasmussen to talk about how he thought summer went for the Rams' basketball team. Rasmussen talks about the Rams' new style of play, how this team compares to his most recent final four team and if they're a high school copy of the Golden State Warriors.

July 06, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Rams owning the summer

Newton lost star point guard D.J. Hill to college along with a number of other talented seniors, but the team isn't in a rebuilding state of mind. With the additions of freshmen Ashton Hagans and Colby Rogers plus the emergence of juniors J.D. Notae and Dante Johnson Newton will be a formidable bunch when the season starts.

June 28, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Newton wins again

The Newton Rams football team won its second 7-on-7 camp of the summer beating Dorman 22-14 at UGA. The AJC ranked Rams' receiver/defensive back Deandre Huff second overall of the top 10 performers at the camp. Running back Kurt Taylor Jr. was ranked 10th on the same list. The Rams will move on to South Carolina to play some of the best teams in the southeast.

June 21, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Playing fast

At Newton, under head coach Rick Rasmussen, the boys' basketball team has notoriously ran a slow-paced pass heavy offense to minimize the opposing team's ability to exploit the Rams' lack of athleticism in transition. That ends this summer.

June 14, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Foster sings with Jackson State

Azariah Foster has found a home for his future in track and field. Foster signed with Jackson State University this week where he will look to continue the success he's had at Newton. As a Ram, Jackson competed in the 110 and 300 hurdles. He placed fourth in the state in the 110, qualified for state in the 300 and also competed on the 4x400 relay team.

June 07, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton


Rams win Cam Newton 7-on-7 tourney

The Newton Rams football team went up to North Atlanta to win Cam Newton's 7-on-7 championship. Newton's next stop is a paid trip to Charlotte for the finals. Head coach Terrance Banks says the team is still a work in progress, as they look to dominate the summer before the regular season starts.

June 07, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Nurturing the young

Newton girls basketball hosted a mini-camp for players in grades 4th - 12th this past week where players learned fundamentals, had fun and played some five-on-five basketball with teachings from the entire Lady Rams coaching staff.

May 31, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Taylor Jr. named top back

At the FBU camp last weekend, Newton running back Kurt Taylor Jr. was named top running back in the entire camp. He was also invited to the prestigious Army All-American combine.

May 31, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


A year gone by

What a difference a year makes. Freshmen become sophomores, sophomores become juniors and juniors become seniors. With that caveat is a revolving door of athletes and coaches that come together to reach a common goal: win. There was a lot of the latter between the two bordering counties of Newton and Rockdale and we recap some of the best stories of the 2014-2015 academic year here.

May 31, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Look out for Newton

Jeremiah Holloman might be the headliner right now for Newton track and field, but look past his individual accomplishments and you'll find a young Newton team that finished fourth overall at state this year.

May 24, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


From fifth to first

When Newton sophomore Jeremiah Holloman placed fifth in the triple jump last year, he did so in disappointment to himself. Malik Franklin a former triple jump state champion for Newton, had been teasing Holloman about it in effort to motivate him. Franklin has a record distance of 48-10 and it's the record Holloman has been shooting for since the beginning of the season.

May 24, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


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