The Newton girls' soccer team may have missed out on the playoffs, but the Lady Rams left 2013 on a bright note winning three of their last seven.
Newton put everything it had into its final game of the 2013 season, but at times it was too much.
The Rockdale all-stars shined the brightest in the annual Newton County vs. Rockdale County game at Rockdale High's gym Thursday.
The Newton boys' track team won Region 2-AAAAAA and the girls' finished second in a continuation of strong performances by both Rams teams.
For six innings Tuesday, Newton softball played flawless defense and had control of its game with Salem. Ironically, what powered them to a 2-0 lead wound up aiding Salem to a 3-2 win.
Newton has its new baseball coach after the Newton County Board of Education approved the hiring of Vincent Byams at the monthly meeting Tuesday. Byams replaces the departed Ty Hensley who left after three years at the helm.
Newton and Alcovy softball hit the diamond Tuesday for the only time this season against each other in a scrimmage before both teams open regular-season play Friday. The Lady Tigers will play in a tournament at South Gwinnett while Newton plays at Griffin in the Diamond Classic. Both teams had similar agendas - work out some bugs and see what needs work.
Former Newton defensive end Justice Ejike was the unequivocal leader of the Rams defense in 2009. He was their best player on that side of the ball. He was so good, he also played offensive line. Fast forward two years and he has a new role, one he isn't too familiar with.
With the softball season set to begin next week, Newton has a renewed focus going into the 2011 campaign. After a tough year that saw the Lady Rams go 5-5 in region play but 11-18 overall, they turn the page and look to get back to the basics.
Days before school reconvenes for the 2011-12 year, Newton honored its boys' track team and the Class AAAAA championship 4x100 meter relay team one last time in a banner and ring ceremony Thursday.
Newton basketball has been a fixture in the community going back to the glory years of Ron Bradley's teams and the 1964 state championship run. Recently the Rams under head coach Rick Rasmussen have also made the county proud, making it all the way to the Class AAAAA Final Four in 2010.
Former Newton bigman Darius Miller will transfer to Chattahoochee Tech this fall for his second year of basketball after playing at Central Georgia Tech last year. Miller, a 6-foot-6, 225-pound power forward, played for Newton's Final Four team of 2010. He's a defensive specialist that will provide Chattahoochee Tech with a low-post presence and rebounding. "He has great toughness," said CTC head coach and athletic director David Archer. "He's an undersized ...
For the past two years, nobody in the state has been able to catch Newton track star Tyler Long or his teammates for that matter, at least not in the 4x100 meter relay. And after signing with Campbell University Wednesday, Long's days of running like the wind competitively will continue for the next four years.
In 2008, Landon Cheek was putting the finishing touches on his third straight Region 2-AAAAA golf championship. When he left for college in the fall as the school's most accomplished golfer, he left his golf clubs behind.
The Newton competition cheerleading squad returned from the National Cheerleading Association cheerleading camp at the University of Georgia last week with some new hardware. In addition, the team earned a berth at the NCA Senior and Junior High School National Championship at Dallas in January.
The Rams had a successful 2008 campaign, finishing the season 18-9 overall. But a first round defeat in the Region 2-AAAA tournament has fourth-year head coach Rick Rasmussen hungry for more.
Newton's girl's basketball team struggled in 2007. With an overall record of 6-17, the Lady Rams didn't have much to celebrate about. But 2008 brings with it a renewed optimism.
The Newton Rams (3-7, 2-5 Region 2-AAAAA) played Luella High's Lions (7-3, 4-3) Friday at Locust Grove with hopes of making the playoffs. Instead, the Lions won 13-0 and a shot in the playoffs for the first time in school history, while Newton lost its chance at the postseason.
The Newton Rams' football season comes down to tonight's game. Win and it has a chance to make the playoffs. Lose and it's over.