After completing a perfect run through region competition, the Newton girls varsity basketball team ran into a buzz saw Friday night against visiting North Cobb in the opening round of the Class AAAAAA state tournament, dropping a 59-50 decision to the Lady Warriors.
Foul line struggles ended the Newton Rams' run for a region title Tuesday night, as Newton fell 50-46 to Luella at home in the finals of the Region 2-AAAAAA tournament.
Perfection comes only every so often in sports.
It wasn't how newton coach Rick Rasmussen would have drawn it up, but in the end, Rasmussen and the Rams were elated to walk away with a 55-51 victory over Lovejoy Monday night in the semifinals of the Region 2-AAAAAA tournament.
It wasn't the prettiest performance Monday night from the Newton girls varsity basketball team, but in the end, the Lady Rams put forth just enough effort to edge rival Alcovy 64-46, reaching the Region 2-AAAAAA tournament finals.
Though you wouldn't know it by their record, the Newton Rams (12-5, 5-3 Region 2-AAAAA) have had a trying season so far. Of their five losses, four have been by two points or less including three as time expired. But the Rams looked like a team ready to go on a roll after Friday's 67-55 win over M.L. King.
The Newton Lady Rams saw their game against Luella slip from their grasp Tuesday as they dropped a one-point heartbreaker 56-55.
The Newton Rams faced a much-improved Luella team Tuesday looking to bounce back from a disappointing loss to Alcovy over the weekend and did just that with a 58-47 win.
The Covington Rotary Club gave its annual Newton County Champion award to Newton High School this year. Newton coach Cortez Allen accepted the trophy Tuesday afternoon, thanking the Rotarians over lunch. He described the program's difficulties this year, including losing two key players to injury.
In the girls' contest, Newton played perhaps its best overall game from start to finish in earning 79-69 road win to split the season series.
The Newton Rams took the long bus ride to East Coweta Friday hoping to rebound from their gut-wrenching loss to Westlake Tuesday. They did so and more as they came out of the gate firing on all cylinders and coasted to a 90-51 win.
The Lady Rams also dropped a tough decision at home on Tuesday night as they fell to Westlake by a 55-51 final.
Eastside slipped held off a fourth-quarter rally to slip past Locust Grove 50-48 in overtime Tuesday to earn the season sweep and improve to 5-3 in Region 4-AAA play.
The Newton Rams took state-ranked Westlake to the limit before falling by a single point following a controversial call on the last play of the game. It was a game that saw numerous lead changes and a margin of difference of never more than five points before ending at 46-45.
Newton wrestling is headed back to the Class AAAAA State Duals. After a four-year hioatus, the Rams punched their ticked to the team dual meet at Macon thanks to a spirited runner-up finish in the Area 2-AAAAA Duals Saturday.
An old adage in sports says if you work hard in practice, eventually the coach will give you a shot to play. That's something Derrick Henry learned at Newton and carried with him to Winthrop University. And wouldn't you know it, it's really true.
Newton's girls exacted revenge for a pair of losses to Eastside last year with a 46-34 win Saturday.
The Newton Rams made sure there would be no repeat of last year's upset loss at Eastside Saturday. And they made it look easy.
With two region wins in their back pockets, the Lady Rams liked their chances at a third and the upset over Stephenson Tuesday. Then the two teams hit the floor and reality sunk in.
The Rams may have found their groove. All it took was a game against Stephenson.