The Rams' state playoff run stopped on a cold Thursday night at Wheeler High School, with a large number of Newton fans tucked inside Wheeler's gym hoping to see the Newton boys basketball team pull of yet another upset. Three days later and the buzz has died, but the players and head coach Rick Rasmussen will always know how it all came together.
Even with the winter weather we experienced this past week, spring sports are off and running in full affect. The Newton High School baseball team has already got into the middle of their non-region schedule. Due to several rain-outs, Newton had only played two games until Friday evening where they were looking to get a win over the MLK Lions. Going into the game 0-2, Newton needed this win to kick start the season, but couldn't get it done and fell 8-4 to the Lions.
Newton junior guard Jaquan Sims will play in the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association (GACA) North/South All-Star boys basketball game. Sims will replace an injured player, as he was named an alternate for the contest, when rosters were being picked. Players from all over Georgia will participate in the contest. There is a game for juniors and one for seniors. Rams' guard D.J. Hill was also named as an alternate, but it has not yet been announced if he'll play in the game.
The third time wasn't the charm for Newton (22-9, 5-5 Region 2-AAAAAA), a team that had been on a wild Cinderella run in the state playoffs with upsets over powerhouse Tift County and Dacula. The favorites to win it all in 6-AAAAAA, Wheeler (28-2) and No. 2 player in the nation Jaylen Brown, ended the Rams' season with a 72-54 win.
Man, what a run it was. Newton played the underdog three times in the state playoffs, first upsetting Tift County – originally a favorite to at least make the elite eight – then beating Dacula in the sweet sixteen. However, Newton couldn't best Wheeler in the elite eight and fell to the Wildcats 72-54.
Newton High School's elite eight matchup against Wheeler in the state basketball playoff tips off tonight at 7 p.m.
No. Way. There was no way Newton would go down and beat defending Region 2-AAAAAA state champion Tift County as a No. 4 seed, versus the second-ranked team in the state. Not in Tift. Not a team that was 26-1, undefeated in their region and hadn't lost a game since January 8.
With a 58-54 win over Dacula, Newton boys basketball will advance to the elite eight for the first time since 2011.
Newton won over Tift 52-49.
Newton can now focus on the playoffs after dispatching Morrow 40-0 at Tara Stadium Friday night.
The 2012 Georgia High School season ends today, but for the Newton Rams the season starts next week.
For the 10th straight season, Newton has qualified for the cross county state meet thanks to top finishers in Saturday's region meet held at Luella.
A week after struggling in its biggest loss of the season, Newton football got back on track from the very first play Thursday night.
The Newton Rams will look to recover from their first loss since September by hosting Luella Thursday at 7 p.m.
Since Region 2-AAAAAA play began, Newton has looked like one of the best teams the new league had to offer.
Newton hasn't been able to call its football team region champions since 1987, and can break the 25-year drought today.
The 2012 season was definitely not what Newton softball coach Virginia Waters had in mind before things kicked off back in August.
Newton's recipe for success was simple - strong defense and a solid running attack.
As if playoff implications wasn't enough to bring up the excitement level of today's Newton vs. Rockdale matchup at Sharp Stadium, there are plenty more big-time story lines set to unfold.
The Newton Rams have now won two games in a row.
The Newton County football team did something Monday it hasn't done all season long - practiced after coming off a win.
Newton County won its first game of the 2012 season Friday night, defeating cross-county and Region 2-AAAAAA rival Alcovy High School 14-7.
After two years, the Newton-Alcovy rivalry gets renewed on the football field today.
For a team with only seven points in four games, every yard counts, and for Newton football, it can't squander any field position away.