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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


Playing fast

At Newton, under head coach Rick Rasmussen, the boys' basketball team has notoriously ran a slow-paced pass heavy offense to minimize the opposing team's ability to exploit the Rams' lack of athleticism in transition. That ends this summer.

June 14, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Foster sings with Jackson State

Azariah Foster has found a home for his future in track and field. Foster signed with Jackson State University this week where he will look to continue the success he's had at Newton. As a Ram, Jackson competed in the 110 and 300 hurdles. He placed fourth in the state in the 110, qualified for state in the 300 and also competed on the 4x400 relay team.

June 07, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton


Rams win Cam Newton 7-on-7 tourney

The Newton Rams football team went up to North Atlanta to win Cam Newton's 7-on-7 championship. Newton's next stop is a paid trip to Charlotte for the finals. Head coach Terrance Banks says the team is still a work in progress, as they look to dominate the summer before the regular season starts.

June 07, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Nurturing the young

Newton girls basketball hosted a mini-camp for players in grades 4th - 12th this past week where players learned fundamentals, had fun and played some five-on-five basketball with teachings from the entire Lady Rams coaching staff.

May 31, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Taylor Jr. named top back

At the FBU camp last weekend, Newton running back Kurt Taylor Jr. was named top running back in the entire camp. He was also invited to the prestigious Army All-American combine.

May 31, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


A year gone by

What a difference a year makes. Freshmen become sophomores, sophomores become juniors and juniors become seniors. With that caveat is a revolving door of athletes and coaches that come together to reach a common goal: win. There was a lot of the latter between the two bordering counties of Newton and Rockdale and we recap some of the best stories of the 2014-2015 academic year here.

May 31, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Look out for Newton

Jeremiah Holloman might be the headliner right now for Newton track and field, but look past his individual accomplishments and you'll find a young Newton team that finished fourth overall at state this year.

May 24, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


From fifth to first

When Newton sophomore Jeremiah Holloman placed fifth in the triple jump last year, he did so in disappointment to himself. Malik Franklin a former triple jump state champion for Newton, had been teasing Holloman about it in effort to motivate him. Franklin has a record distance of 48-10 and it's the record Holloman has been shooting for since the beginning of the season.

May 24, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


NHS to host girls b-ball camp Tuesday

Beginning May 26 - 29, Newton girls basketball will host a camp at Newton from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for grades fourth through 12. The fee for the camp is $60 and includes a a snack/meal.

May 18, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton


No. 1 target

On Friday evening a little after 6 p.m. Newton students, parents and fans came out to watch the Rams hold their blue and white game, which is more of a glorified practice for people to come and watch than anything.

May 17, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Better late than never

For any high school athlete, signing that national letter of intent to their respected college or university may be the best moment of their high school tenure. Usually that special moment comes somewhere during that athlete's senior year, but in some cases it can come after that. Well, how about nearly a year after graduation? Newton's 2014 forward Mercedes Booker finally got that moment as she will be taking her talents to Southern Crescent Technical College.

May 10, 2015 | Javon Dickerson | Newton


Lady Rams headed to state

A number of Newton track and field athletes qualified to go to state, which takes the eight best times from sectionals. After pushing the team hard in practice throughout last week, coaches Demetrice Perry-Stokes and James Rolloson saw the hard work the girls put in pay off. Below you will find the times and the qualifiers for state.

May 10, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


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Full Circle

Ashley Coles has been with Brittney Ellis as a pitching coach since Ellis was eight. Now, it's come full circle as they enter their inaugural seasons at Newton High School. Ellis is a freshman pitcher for Newton and Coles is the Lady Rams' head coach.

September 10, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Rams looking to conquer Rome

In a rare, late Saturday evening matchup, Rome High School will travel to Sharp Stadium to take on Newton in a battle of spread offenses.

September 04, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Rams live and die with Johnson

After scoring a combined 111 points in just two games to start the season, it's safe to say Newton's high-powered offense is going to be tough to stop. It's also probably safe to say that Newton will live and die on the shoulders – and the legs – of junior quarterback Romario Johnson.

September 02, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Kiwanis club hosts high school coaches

The Kiwanis Club hosted Newton County high school football coaches yesterday, and they spoke about an array of topics such as the season, former players, Newton County school system and more.

August 28, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


A chance to make history

A chance to make history is on the line this season for the Newton Rams. For the first time in school history, the Rams have the opportunity to make it to the playoffs for three consecutive seasons. The Covington News talked with Rams' head coach Terrance Banks about his team and the process they must go through to reach their goals.

August 23, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Rams roll over Berkmar

The Newton High School football didn't disappoint its spirited fans during the Rams' 2014 season opener Friday, dominating Berkmar from start to finish to the tune of a 48-21 victory.

August 23, 2014 | Javon Dickerson | Newton


Newton kicks off against Berkmar

Finally, football is back.

August 21, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Newton tops Shiloh, 5-2

After a disparaging loss to Heritage last week, the Lady Rams rebounded and came out with a 5-2 victory over Shiloh.

August 19, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Rams outshine Eagles

It may have been the most hyped scrimmage in Newton county football history. There were no kickoffs, punt returns, or hits to the quarterbacks but it was football, and more importantly to the community it was Newton vs Eastside. For the first time in two years Newton was back on top and defeated the Eagles 36-23.

August 16, 2014 | Javon Dickerson | Newton


Lady Rams dispatch Locust Grove

A day that was expected to be cool and cloudy turned out to be hot and sunny, and it was the Lady Rams who benefited. Newton's softball team dispatched Locust Grove in a 3-0 win.

August 12, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Rams have long way to go

Newton High School's football team got their first chance to practice in pads on Friday after spending much of the summer running practices in shorts and participating in seven-on-seven tournaments.

August 02, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Father/daughter duo

It's a new beginning for the Newton softball program, as father/daughter combo Greg Cowan and Ashley Coles take over as head coach and assistant head coach respectively.

July 24, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Rick Rasmussen Q&A

Although his summer basketball season is over, we caught up with head coach Rick Rasmussen to ask him a few random questions so Newton County to get to know one of its heralded coaches.

July 10, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


From a Ram to an Eagle

Signings don't usually come this late in the summer, but as they say 'better late than never.'

July 09, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Rams finish strong

From June 13 to June 28 the Newton Rams played about 30 games in preparation for the season that is still months away, as they went 21-9 overall.

July 02, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


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