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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 stopped in the sweet 16

After everything, injuries, penalties, bad plays on defense, miscues on offense last year's Cinderella team, Newton, was nine yards away from tying the game at 31 and eight yards away from a first down with 3:34 to play on fourth down.

November 21, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Eagles pose a similar threat to Rams

Tonight at Sharp Stadium 7:30 p.m., Newton will face Collins Hill, a mirror of itself in terms of offense in attempt to make it back to the elite eight for the second-straight year.

November 20, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Newton basketball owns Eastside in season opener

The rivalry between Newton High School and Eastside High School didn't matter on Tuesday night as both the Rams' girls' and the boys' basketball teams won big with ease. The Lady Rams were up first and won 54-33 and then the boys took the spotlight and won 90-60.

November 17, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Deep Lady Rams team poised to make a run

Like their male counterparts, the Newton Lady Rams have a promising, deep, talented and young team. The Lady Rams were a basket or two away from beating Tucker in the Region 2-AAAAAA Championship but they fell 45-41 before losing by four in the first round of the state playoffs to Colquitt County. This year Newton is deeper, more experienced and looking to right the ship with a region title and a trip beyond the first round of the playoffs.

November 17, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Rams power past East Coweta in playoff opener

Senior quarterback Romario Johnson led a highly efficient Newton offense and finished with 329 yards of total offense and one touchdown helping to lift Newton to a 38-17 victory over East Coweta. Of the Rams' seven drives throughout the game, five resulted in points, one was a punt and the other was a kneel-down to end the game.

November 13, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


A long time coming

Friends and family of Ciara Bryan packed the Newton auditorium to celebrate Bryan's softball signing with the University of Georgia. Before the ink hit the paper, some of Bryan's friends went on stage with loving words for the Newton senior, forcing tears of joy to fall from Bryan's face. The highlight of the ceremony followed as Bryan signed her letter of intent, making it official that she would be a softball player for UGA beginning in Fall 2016.

November 12, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Can Newton make it back to the elite 8?

Newton has earned a lot of offseason hype with the addition of highly sought after freshman guard Ashton Hagans, who has received an offer from the University of Georgia before stepping on the court. Hagans, along with returning guards JD. Notae and Jaquan Simms, hopes to form one of the best 'big three' in Region 2-AAAAAA.

November 09, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Region Champs!

With the County-Line Championship and the Region 2-AAAAAA Championship at stake, the Newton Rams (8-2,4-1 region 2-AAAAAA) took on region rival Rockdale County (2-8,1-4 region 2-AAAAAA) in the final regular season game. Newton dominated from the opening kickoff and pummeled Rockdale 42-0 to win the County-Line trophy and the region championship.

November 09, 2015 | Kevin Nixon | Newton


Q&A: Newton focused on Rockdale

Coming off a lopsided 53-0 victory against Lakeside, the Rams are in sole possession of first place in Region 2-AAAAAA after Tucker defeated Lovejoy on Friday. Rockdale is the only thing standing in the way of Newton winning its first region championship since 1987 as the two rivals are set to face-off on Friday. Newton head coach Terrance Banks talked about the Rams focusing on Rockdale and what it would mean to win the region championship in this Q&A.

October 31, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Takeaways from Rams loss to Lovejoy

After a 20-16 upset to Lovejoy, Newton was left distraught and out of control of their playoff destiny. With two games left Lovejoy is the remaining undefeated team in region play and Newton will need help from Tucker if it plans to win the region. Some things went awry in the contest for Newton, but they did enough things right to win. Below you'll find some takeaways from the game and what they have to do with Newton's season going forward.

October 26, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Newton upset at Lovejoy

In a battle of the two remaining undefeated teams in the region Lovejoy (4-4, 3-0 Region 2-AAAAAA) and Newton (6-2, 2-1 Region 2-AAAAAA) met at Twelve Oaks Stadium on Friday night in what will likely determine the region champion, and Lovejoy came away with the 20-16 win.

October 24, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Don’t break the chain

Romario Johnson. Kurt Taylor Jr. Deandre Huff. Jeremiah Holloman. Artice Hobbs. Augustus Murray. All names of some of Newton's best skill position players, and by now, names that you likely know. But do you know, Lewis Naza, Dakori West, Jordan Reed, Chance Harrison, Javon Porteous-Punch, Karlen Singleton and Alex Jacobs? They make up Newton's undersized offensive line that has performed exceptionally well, helping to create big play opportunities for the Rams' skill players.

October 19, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Taylor commits to Michigan

Today, Newton junior running back Kurt Taylor announced on Twitter that he had verbally committed to attend college and play football at Michigan University. Taylor has visited the school multiple times now, but when he went to see the Wolverines play Brigham Young three weeks ago Taylor knew right then that was the school for him as Michigan throttled BYU 31-0.

October 16, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Lady Rams get shutout and shutdown in first round of playoffs

The Newton High school Lady Rams softball team (8-2 region, 8-9 overall, 2-AAAAAA) lost handedly in the first round of the playoffs to the Newnan Lady Cougars by scores of 14-0, and 12-4 Wednesday.

October 16, 2015 | Kevin Nixon | Newton


An ace up the sleeve

Britney Ellis' right knee popped in the third inning of a blowout against Tucker on September 24, senior night. Grimacing in pain on the brink of tears, Ellis asked for the trainer, Kelsey Ney, to take a look at it. She did. Ney worked her magic, but in order to finish the game, Ellis would have to play through the pain. And so she did.

October 11, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


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