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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


Newton boys still climbing MaxPreps national rankings

The Newton boys basketball team continues its climb up the national rankings even as it continues its quest for a state title and possible undefeated ...

January 23, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


Newton's Jaquan Henderson flips commitment from Tennessee to Georgia Tech

Newton football has another Division I prospect who is committed to staying in-state for his college career.

January 23, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


Newton Lady Rams' sophomore Rachel Hilliard is making an early impact

During the Newton Lady Rams' Tuesday bounce back win over Rockdale County - 24 hours after a loss to Fayette County in the MLK Classic - coach ...

January 23, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


Isaiah Miller drops 37 on South Gwinnett as No. 1 Newton stays perfect

Rick Rasmussen wanted to leave as little room as possible for a South Gwinnett fourth quarter comeback Friday night.

January 21, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


Lady Rams fall to South Gwinnett

Jurnee Smith gave her best superhero impression during the fourth quarter of Newton's Friday night game against South Gwinnett, but it still wasn't ...

January 21, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton


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Rams thinking big

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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


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


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