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Hagans named B2C Player of the Year

Hagans named B2C Player of the Year

Ashton Hagans set the middle school basketball scene on fire this year as he helped lead Clements Middle School to an undefeated season and a county championship. Hagans and his team’s success has earned him Born to Compete Player of the Year honors.

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Updated: mar. 29, 2015 5:00 a.m.

It’s alive!

After losing their first two Region 2-AAAAAA series against Lakeside and Tucker, it was vital for the Newton Rams baseball team to get a win in game three against Tucker, and not get swept. The sense of urgency was there for the Rams, and with Tucker leaving their game back in DeKalb County, it was a commanding victory for Newton 8-1 against the Tigers. In all actuality it was not a bad week for Newton baseball, though they lost the first two games of the series. Newton lost 4-3 in the first game on March 23, and lost the second ...

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Posted: mar. 28, 2015 6:31 p.m. | Updated: mar. 29, 2015 5:00 a.m.
Smith & Grubb commit  to West Georgia Tech

Smith & Grubb commit to West Georgia Tech

Donovan Grubb and Antonio Smith have verbally committed to attend West Georgia Technical College to play basketball. Both Grubb and Smith are interested in pursuing career fields in criminal justice. Grubb wants to be a police officer and Smith wants to work in forensics.

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Posted: mar. 28, 2015 6:35 p.m. | Updated: mar. 29, 2015 5:00 a.m.
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Newton soccer falls to Tucker

The past week has been an emotional tragedy for Newton High School and their soccer program. With the loss of fellow mate, Carlvon Betts, soccer may have been the last thing on the mind of the players and coaches. But as time progresses, the season keeps going for the Newton High Soccer program.

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Posted: mar. 21, 2015 6:40 p.m. | Updated: mar. 22, 2015 5:00 a.m.
Newton adds 3 to 2015 signing class

Newton adds 3 to 2015 signing class

We all know the saying “the rich get richer,” and that seems to apply to the Newton Rams football program. After an historic Elite Eight run, Newton was able to celebrate all the hard work that was put in this entire season. On top of that, National Signing Day, back in February, was a busy day for the Rams as nine players signed their letter of intent to play football at the next level. Within the last few weeks, that number has risen to 12 as three more players signed for the Rams.

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Posted: mar. 21, 2015 6:42 p.m. | Updated: mar. 22, 2015 5:00 a.m.
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Cherished

Cherished

“He had [lost] so much blood, and they say he broke every bone in his face and fractured his skull. It was so much blood and swelling that the CT scan wasn’t giving them the reading that they needed. The body didn’t look like anything was wrong with it. It was just his head,” says Tracy Betts, Carlvon Betts’ mother, recalling her son’s fatal car accident. “They took him and decided to get the bleeding to stop. At that point he was bleeding out of his ears, out of his nose, his mouth...everything. It wasn’t ...

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Posted: mar. 14, 2015 8:54 p.m. | Updated: mar. 15, 2015 5:00 a.m.
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Honoring the fallen

There was a sense of hope in the air when the Lady Rams took on the Lady Spartans of North Springs on Thursday evening. A moment of silence for fallen Ram, Carlvon Betts, before the game filled the stadium with a melancholy atmosphere, but it fueled Newton to a 2-1 win over North Springs.

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Posted: mar. 14, 2015 8:37 p.m. | Updated: mar. 15, 2015 5:00 a.m.

NCSS to honor Carlvon Betts

Newton County School System Director of Public Reactions, Sherri Davis-Viniard says that the high schools will honor Carlvon Betts – Newton soccer player, who passed away this week – March 25 at Sharp Stadium where the Rams will play Alcovy.

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Posted: mar. 12, 2015 3:31 p.m. | Updated: mar. 12, 2015 3:33 p.m.

Newton soccer player passes away

(UPDATED) – Newton High School Rams’ junior soccer player Carlvon Betts passed away earlier this morning from head injuries suffered in a car accident yesterday afternoon. 

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Posted: mar. 11, 2015 2:29 p.m. | Updated: mar. 11, 2015 2:31 p.m.
The Newton way

The Newton way

The Rams’ state playoff run stopped on a cold Thursday night at Wheeler High School, with a large number of Newton fans tucked inside Wheeler’s gym hoping to see the Newton boys basketball team pull of yet another upset. Three days later and the buzz has died, but the players and head coach Rick Rasmussen will always know how it all came together.

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Posted: feb. 28, 2015 6:31 p.m. | Updated: mar. 01, 2015 5:00 a.m.
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Cold bats give Newton its third loss

Even with the winter weather we experienced this past week, spring sports are off and running in full affect. The Newton High School baseball team has already got into the middle of their non-region schedule. Due to several rain-outs, Newton had only played two games until Friday evening where they were looking to get a win over the MLK Lions. Going into the game 0-2, Newton needed this win to kick start the season, but couldn’t get it done and fell 8-4 to the Lions.

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Posted: feb. 28, 2015 6:35 p.m. | Updated: mar. 01, 2015 5:00 a.m.
Sims named to GACA All-Star game

Sims named to GACA All-Star game

Newton junior guard Jaquan Sims will play in the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association (GACA) North/South All-Star boys basketball game. Sims will replace an injured player, as he was named an alternate for the contest, when rosters were being picked. Players from all over Georgia will participate in the contest. There is a game for juniors and one for seniors. Rams’ guard D.J. Hill was also named as an alternate, but it has not yet been announced if he’ll play in the game.

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Posted: feb. 28, 2015 6:40 p.m. | Updated: mar. 01, 2015 5:00 a.m.
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Fallout

Fallout

The third time wasn’t the charm for Newton (22-9, 5-5 Region 2-AAAAAA), a team that had been on a wild Cinderella run in the state playoffs with upsets over powerhouse Tift County and Dacula. The favorites to win it all in 6-AAAAAA, Wheeler (28-2) and No. 2 player in the nation Jaylen Brown, ended the Rams’ season with a 72-54 win.

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Posted: feb. 28, 2015 6:49 p.m. | Updated: mar. 01, 2015 5:00 a.m.
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Rams’ run ends

Man, what a run it was. Newton played the underdog three times in the state playoffs, first upsetting Tift County – originally a favorite to at least make the elite eight – then beating Dacula in the sweet sixteen. However, Newton couldn’t best Wheeler in the elite eight and fell to the Wildcats 72-54.

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Posted: feb. 26, 2015 10:47 p.m. | Updated: feb. 26, 2015 10:48 p.m.
Newton basketball travels to Wheeler tonight

Newton basketball travels to Wheeler tonight

Newton High School’s elite eight matchup against Wheeler in the state basketball playoff tips off tonight at 7 p.m.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 10:49 a.m. | Updated: feb. 26, 2015 9:50 a.m.
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Newton against the WORLD

Newton against the WORLD

No. Way. There was no way Newton would go down and beat defending Region 2-AAAAAA state champion Tift County as a No. 4 seed, versus the second-ranked team in the state. Not in Tift. Not a team that was 26-1, undefeated in their region and hadn’t lost a game since January 8. 

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Posted: feb. 21, 2015 3:52 p.m. | Updated: feb. 22, 2015 5:00 a.m.
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Rams win again

With a 58-54 win over Dacula, Newton boys basketball will advance to the elite eight for the first time since 2011.

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Posted: feb. 21, 2015 9:41 p.m.

Down goes Tift to Newton

Newton won over Tift 52-49.

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Posted: feb. 18, 2015 11:48 p.m.

Newton comes up short

The Lady Rams of Newton have been in a bunch of close games all year. They beat Tucker by two in their first game of the season, they beat Alcovy on a putback buzzer beater, they survived to beat Eastside and Rockdale by one and they beat Heritage by three. This would leave you to believe that when Newton had the ball down one, with a little less than 30 seconds left that they’d pull out a victory and win the region championship.

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Posted: feb. 14, 2015 11:11 p.m.
Overpowering defense leads Newton to victory

Overpowering defense leads Newton to victory

In the first half, the young stars of the Lady Rams were flying high and running fast. Freshman guard Alexcia Chatman made sure her presences was known.

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Posted: feb. 14, 2015 3:45 p.m.
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Rockdale tops Newton thrice

Posted: feb. 14, 2015 3:24 p.m. | Updated: feb. 14, 2015 3:29 p.m.
#NewtonBoyz

#NewtonBoyz

Being a football coach in today’s world is a complicated and draining occupation that has it highs and lows. Your biggest duty is to teach and motivate your players to become better on the field, and turn that into winning football games. That itself is not a walk in the park with complexities and other outside distractions that can happen; it’s very complicated to build a winning team.

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Posted: feb. 04, 2015 3:51 p.m. | Updated: feb. 08, 2015 8:00 a.m.
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2014-2015 basketball power rankings

2014-2015 basketball power rankings

Rivalry game after rivalry game, fans take to social media, the local barbershops and pretty much any place where you can strike up a normal conversation to discuss which school/team is the best. Between the two counties there are six high schools, all vying for bragging rights. We decided to end the talk and put it on paper (actually computer, because technology, but you get it). Every team has pretty much ended its regular season and region tournaments are set to begin next week. The following list has been compiled based on regular season wins, regions wins, wins against ...

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Posted: feb. 07, 2015 6:19 p.m. | Updated: feb. 08, 2015 8:00 a.m.
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Ras’ 200th

Ras’ 200th

With a 64-37 thrashing of Lovejoy, Newton High School basketball coach Rick Rasmussen earned the 200th win of his career. Rasmussen speaks on the accomplishment and what’s ahead for him in this Q&A.

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Posted: jan. 31, 2015 8:09 p.m. | Updated: feb. 01, 2015 8:00 a.m.
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