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Day, time for Newton and Alcovy first round state tourney games set

Both Newton Rams varsity basketball teams will play host to first round Class AAAAAAA state tournament action this Friday.

February 13, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


Newton boys ready to focus on state title run after winning region crown

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - When it comes to Newton's last pair of games against Shiloh, Rick Rasmussen is two times a prophet.

February 13, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


Newton Lady Rams fall short of region title against Archer in double OT

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - There were a lot of variables that one could point to if you wanted to diagnosis the Newton Lady Rams' 73-70 double overtime ...

February 12, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


Newton discovers its opponent in Friday region tourney game

Thanks to South Gwinnett's 67-62 win over Archer Wednesday night in the first round of the Region 8-AAAAAAA tournament, the Newton Rams will face ...

February 08, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


Newton's Rick Rasmussen, J.D. Notae sweep top postseason honors in region

The Newton boys' basketball team swept the top honors in the All-Region 8-AAAAAAA team which was released Monday.

February 07, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


Newton hoops teams will enjoy first round byes in region tournament

For Newton boys basketball coach Rick Rasmussen, Friday night's game against Archer wasn't as much about the pomp and circumstance surrounding senior night ...

February 06, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


Newton's Jurnee Smith settling into a comfort zone for Lady Rams

If it looks like Newton's Jurnee Smith is playing on another level these last several games, it's because she is - intentionally.

February 02, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


NBA legend Charles Barkley makes surprise visit to Newton boys basketball

There are probably a few good ways to motivate a nationally ranked basketball team that lost its first game of the season after winning its ...

February 02, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


No. 1 Newton falls to upstart Shiloh

Rick Rasmussen allowed himself to wax a bit prophetic Tuesday night just moments before his top-ranked Newton Rams were to take on the Shiloh Generals ...

January 31, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


Newton grabs mid-season honors from Atlanta Tip Off Club

More accolades are rolling in for Georgia's No. 1 ranked boys basketball team.

January 31, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


Complete performance gives No. 1 Newton blowout win over Grayson

Newton vs. Grayson, part two was supposed to be a matchup of the top two squads in Region 8-AAAAAAA.

January 25, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


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Huge 3rd inning lifts Newton to victory

Newton High School's Lady Rams thrived and won after a strong scoring burst in the third inning to take the win from the Lakeside Lady Vikings. The Newton Lady Rams won 10-2 by mercy rule.

September 18, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Q&A: Banks details Newton’s 4th win

Coming off a thriller in Rome going for a fourth-straight win, Newton found itself on the road yet again, against another tough opponent in Westlake. The Rams, however, came out of the game unscathed as Newton's offensive line tossed Westlake's defense around like ragdolls and the ground-and-pound game led the Rams to a 27-7 victory. Newton's Kurt Taylor Jr. finished with 30 carries for 209 yards and two touchdowns.

September 14, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Rams getting active in the community

Newton County Sheriff's Deputy Clarence White and the Newton Rams coaching staff came together to build a connection between the Rams and the community as well as give the young players a sense of giving back.

September 14, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Rams rise

Newton was supposed to run away with this game, but with two weeks to plan Rome had other things in mind and they matched Newton almost point-for-point on the night. The Wolves took their first lead of the game with less than 50 seconds left to play with a 33-29 lead, but Newton answered on the first play from scrimmage when senior QB Romario Johnson tossed a 77-yard touchdown pass to JJ Holloman to take a 35-33 lead after the blocked PAT. Newton's defense held tight in the final 19 seconds to win the game.

September 08, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Bryan named All-American

It's been well-documented that Newton softball's best player is senior shortstop Ciara Bryan. Flosoftball took it a step further naming Bryan to its First Team All-American team.

September 01, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Rams thinking big

Storylines to follow:

August 24, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Lady Generals defeat Lady Rams

Newton softball is coming off a season that saw the Lady Rams lose in the region championship to Alcovy and get bounced from the first round of the state playoffs. The Lady Rams didn't lose much from that team, and the experience for the young team that they were last year projected them to be much better this year. So far they're off to a slow start on that front as they fell to Shiloh 7-3 to open the season and lost to Locust Grove and Peachtree Ridge later in the week.

August 16, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Rams start slow, finish strong

Eastside came out in full force, like this game had playoff implications, and Newton came out like it was a scrimmage, which it was, but being the rivals that the two teams are bragging rights were on the line and the Eagles struck first on an Austin Holloway touchdown pass to take a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter.

August 16, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


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


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