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.
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.
Newton, both the girls and the boys, got convincing victories over county rival Eastside. The girls started it off with a 76-51 victory and the boys followed it up by winning 57-43.
All good things must come to an end. Newton's outstanding playoff run ended on Friday after a devastating 43-29 loss to Etowah.
Before the season, Rams' head coach Terrance Banks talked a big game about his team. It had some wondering if he was just being arrogant or if there was actual truth to his words. The Rams just lost their last game of the season, going 2-1 in the playoffs, but it seems Banks was right about a lot.
This week is a special edition of our athletes of the week page. With Eastside and Alcovy basketball having away games, we decided that Newton's seniors would be the athletes of the week. All of Newton's seniors have made some type of impact on this season, but we can only highlight a few of them. Honorable mentions: Nuka Yobo and Steven Montac.
With five minutes and 31 seconds left Newton awaited a kickoff with the game tied at 29. It was everything the Rams wanted, until it wasn't.
All year long Newton football made its money on offense where Rams' head coach Terrance Banks had nine returning starters from last year's team. As the Black Knights know, the Rams live and die (mostly living) on the arms and legs of Romario Johnson. However, it's been the Rams' defense that has propelled the team to new heights in this year's playoffs.
They say pressure either makes pipes burst or it makes diamonds. Plenty of pressure was on Newton to follow up the win against Valdosta and solidify the Rams as a program to be reckoned with. The only pressure that showed against Central Gwinnett was the pressure from the Rams' defense.
Newton versus Heritage was all it was hyped up to be, at least in terms of the jawing between the two sides in the crowd. To begin the boys matchup, Newton fans brought out their newspapers (Covington News papers of course) when the boys varsity players were announced. It was a smart play, and it worked. Although, the fan contest is over, you can still sends us your fan photos for a chance to get the #FanPhotoOfTheWeek in our weekly Sunday edition.
The Newton Rams boys varsity basketball team finished off its Thanksgiving holiday week with a win, defeating Cass High School 58-36 last Saturday to improve its record to 4-0.
The Covington News and The Rockdale News have once again transcended county lines to bring you the third annual Newton County-Rockdale County All-Area Football Team.
With 1:28 on the clock in the first quarter against Salem, Newton point guard Precious Price squared up and released a shot she'd taken hundreds, if not thousands, of times before.
Newton guard D.J. Hill put the rest of the region on notice Friday night against cross-county rival Salem, dazzling fans with highlight plays and blinding speed on his way to a career-high 19 points in a 72-45 blowout.
The Salem girls' varsity basketball team rebounded well after its first loss of the season Tuesday, outlasting Newton 57-55 on the road in the Lady Rams' third game in four nights.
Newton senior Tori Pharr made her college decision official Wednesday morning, signing her National Letter of Intent with the North Florida Ospreys women's basketball team.
The Newton Rams return to action tonight, welcoming cross-county rival Salem to their home gym in a non-region match up.
The Newton Rams boys' varsity basketball team tipped-off its 2013-2014 season on the hardwood Tuesday night, prevailing 68-28 in a rout over rival Alcovy in their first game in the Rams' new gymnasium.
The Lady Rams opened up their new gym in a big way Tuesday night, defeating rival Alcovy 57-34 in their inaugural game at the new Newton High.
For the second year in a row, the Newton Rams hosted a home playoff game.
The Newton Rams varsity football team welcomes the McEachern Indians to Sharp Stadium tonight for the first round of the state playoffs, fresh off a 49-30 win over Morrow last Saturday in the Rams' final regular season contest.
The Newton High men's varsity basketball team doesn't officially begin its season until next week, but the Rams are ready to welcome fans into their new gym for the 2013-2014 season.
Monday afternoon on the hardwood, Newton High women's varsity basketball coach Tiffani Johnson pulled her team together for a quick talk.
The Newton High Lady Rams cross country program competed this past weekend at the Georgia High School Association Class 6A State Cross Country Championships.
Featuring a double pass, a fainting fan and a punt kicked into the back of a teammate's head, Saturday's contest between the Newton Rams and the Morrow Mustangs proved to be bizarre on its unusual weekend date.