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Runnin' the table

Newton High football, under current third-year head coach Terrance Banks, has pretty much been known as a passing team. But this year the Rams are ...

October 04, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Sports Columnists


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The mind of an athlete is a terrible thing to overlook

The brain is often one of the most overlooked parts of an athlete's body. For whatever reason, scouts, front office personnel, even the media fail to recognize the importance of what's between an athlete's ears. That is of course until an athlete suffers a meltdown on a national stage.

August 16, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists

Taking the road less traveled

With the PGA Championship set to start tomorrow - here in Atlanta, I have to talk about golf at least one more time this year. I promise, I'll switch to football after this week. Actually, I don't really care about the golf this week. Instead I'll use the Steve Williams/Tiger Woods/Adam Scott love/hate triangle as an invitation to discuss the art of taking the high road.

August 09, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists

New school year offers fresh start for athletes

I'm going to let everyone in on a little secret. No athlete currently enrolled in any of the three high schools is going to make any money playing sports. This is just the reality. Parents, you know this. If you didn't, you do now. And now that you have faced reality, what are you going to do about it?

August 02, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists

Miracle League facility should be our priority

Baseball is America's pastime. You’ve probably heard the old adage, so-in-so is American as baseball and apple pie. Kids play it while growing up and many of us are loyal to the Braves (and in my case, the Giants) for life. Simply put, Americans love their baseball. But for many children with disabilities, baseball is only a dream.

July 26, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists

It's no fun to play outside in this heat

When I joined the Army in the early '90s and I found out that I would be going to Ft. Benning in Columbus, my recruiter tried to warn me about the heat. He told me how just walking from a building to your car would make you sweat like you had just run a mile.

July 23, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists

Get off the couch and go ride a bicycle

The streets of downtown Covington and surrounding area in Newton County will be very busy this weekend. No, it's not because of road construction. Instead the streets will be full of bicycles.

July 22, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists

Hurst makes good first hire

Rick Hurst has made an impact on Eastside's football program since arriving in 2005. He's turned the Eagles into perennial players in the state playoffs and among the elite teams in Class AAA. After being named athletic director last month, it appears he's ready to make an impact on the entire sports program.

July 20, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists

It'd be nice if we could all just play together

While deep in REM sleep the other night, I had a crazy dream.

July 08, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists

NHS' Henry a rare breed of student athlete

There's no question our society is in a time of misdirection. Consider this year's graduating class at Alcovy shrunk by roughly 20 percent in four years. In other words, 20 percent of the freshman in that class never graduated. And high school sports stars continue to fall victim to societal laziness and succumb the inherent character flaws that we see in our politicians. Let's face it, whenever you turn around, a politician or celebrity is cheating on his wife, Kanye West is spouting off about Lord only knows what or LeBron James is crying about something his ...

June 18, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists

The national media can be clueless too

It's all quiet on the local front and the world didn't end Saturday so I've decided to go after a national juggernaut and give the Newton County School System a break.

May 24, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists

Maybe an eye for an eye isn't such a bad idea

It's been a while since I poured some gasoline on the old bonfire so I thought I'd break out my flame-retardant suit and grab a gas can. I want to talk about the Auburn tree incident that happened a couple of months ago, in the wake of the Tigers winning the national football championship.

May 19, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists

It's time to forget about school size

Attention Georgia High School Association executive committee, I have a solution for your reclassification problem. It's called the Briggs Plan. Just make regions based strictly on school location.

May 17, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists

Shadiness continues to plague the NCAA

In our sister paper The Rockdale News, we reported the latest on former Rockdale star Kevin Ware's recruiting saga. If you haven't heard or are in the dark with what I'm talking about, you can read the story at I'll sum it up for you.

May 07, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists

Social media in sports is great if used correctly

Facebook. Twitter. To a lesser extent, Myspace. Dubbed social media, these are the newest methods of news assimilation. News organizations use them to break information. Businesses use them to attract potential customers. Here at The News, we use Facebook exstensively to interact with our readers. It's a great way to get personal. With social media, pretty much anyone can become a quasi-reporter through the Internet, even athletes. And while social media is fast becoming a great way for professional athletes to touch base with fans, too many are using these outlets the wrong way.

May 05, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists

Hendricks a Ram to the end

Last Monday, the Georgia coaching fraternity and Newton High lost one of its many legendary boys' basketball coaches in Billy Hendricks, who finally succumbed to the devastating effects of Parkinson's Disease after fighting it like the true competitor that he was for the last 16 years of his life. Although his retirement was spent slowly losing his ability to talk, to walk and eventually even to eat, his valiant spirit, sense of humor and love for his friends and family never wavered. At his funeral Thursday afternoon in his hometown of Commerce, fellow coaches and close friends spoke of ...

April 30, 2011 | Rick Rasmussen | Sports Columnists

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