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.
The Newton Rams have an opportunity Saturday afternoon to even their record on Senior Day, as they host the visiting Morrow Mustangs in their final regular season game of the year.
For his efforts on the gridiron last week, Newton defensive back Isaiah Fassett has been named the Newton Athlete of the Week.
The Newton Rams and Alcovy Tigers varsity cross-country programs competed in the Region 2-AAAAAA championship meet at Druid Hills Middle School this past Saturday.
The Newton Rams kept their playoff hopes alive Friday night on the road, defeating Luella in a 13-7 defensive battle.
For his efforts on the gridiron throughout the course of the 2013 season, Newton High wide receiver Taylor Hawkins has been named Rams Athlete of the Week.
The Newton High varsity football team had three goals entering the season and, despite a 3-5 start to the year, the Rams can still complete their third - and most important - goal Friday night on the road with a win over Luella.
Newton crowned homecoming king Corey Thomas (above) and queen Amari Davis Friday night during halftime of the Rams' 56-23 loss to the Lovejoy Wildcats.
Homecoming night was memorable for all the wrong reasons Friday night for the Newton High varsity football team, as the Rams stumbled 56-23 to region-leading Lovejoy at Sharp Stadium.
For his efforts against the Rockdale County Bulldogs last week, Newton High sophomore DeAndre Huff has been named the Rams' Athlete of the Week.
The Newton Rams will have the opportunity to knock off their second top-10 ranked opponent of the season tonight at home, welcoming Lovejoy to Sharp Stadium for homecoming.
The Rockdale County Bulldogs claimed their first win over rival Newton High in over a decade Friday night at Reid Stadium, biting the Rams 28-21 in overtime for their second region victory of the year and their first win in the County Line Classic.
The Newton Rams take the road tonight for a region contest with a little rivalry flair, as Newton travels to Reid Stadium to take on Rockdale County at 7:30 p.m.
After catching a pair of touchdown passes to lead Newton High to a 32-21 victory over Druid Hills last Friday, the Rams' Davonta Jones was named Newton's Athlete of the Week.
In what can only be described as a contentious final two minutes of Friday's Eastside-Newton game, The Eagles had the game won twice in the matter of seconds only to see watch the Rams steal the game on a late touchdown.
Three years ago, Newton held the ball against Eastside the entire fourth quarter only to score the tying touchdown on fourth down with seconds remaining. A spirited overtime saw the Eagles hold on for the win after a critical stop on a two-point conversion. That epic matchup went down as the best game between the two rival schools to date. It was also the last time Eastside beat Newton.
Newton is a work in progress. Really you can say that about every high school football team. Seldom does a team hit the ground running and look playoff ready in week one let alone the preseason. And after watching the Rams play Rockdale Friday, it's clear they have a lot of work to do. The good news is they have a lot to work with. That and their defense would have scored 26 fantasy football points.
Friday night's matchup between Rockdale and Newton was just a preseason tuneup, which is fortunate for the morale of the Bulldogs.
Newton volleyball made history Thursday against rival Eastside. The Lady Rams also made a statement. They topped the Lady Eagles 25-7, 21-25, 25-13 and 25-19 to take the best of five match and beat their county foes for the first time.
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.