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Running into a buzz saw

Running into a buzz saw

Newton faced its toughest competition of the season on Friday since beating Butler in an exhibition match before the regular season and it showed as Newton got blowed out 67-42 against Tucker.

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Updated: dec. 13, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Newton takes FIRST

Newton takes FIRST

Newton had put up a good fight. They were in it with Tucker the entire game, but the defending state champion Lady Tigers had taken a six point lead with just a couple of minutes remaining in the contest. To lose by a few points to a team that won a state championship last year would be an honorable moral victory. But the Lady Rams didn’t want a moral victory. They wanted to make a statement.

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Posted: dec. 13, 2014 4:21 p.m. | Updated: dec. 13, 2014 10:00 p.m.
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Newton vs. Tucker: Believe the hype

Newton vs. Tucker: Believe the hype

More than just bragging rights are on the line for Friday night’s Newton/Tucker matchup. Tucker, which was added to Region 2-AAAAAA this year, is pretty much a powerhouse in every high school sport and that doesn’t change in basketball.

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Posted: dec. 11, 2014 5:19 p.m. | Updated: dec. 11, 2014 6:00 p.m.
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Newton wins two against Alcovy

Facing a rival for the third straight game, Newton dominated once again, with the girls winning 54-52 and the boys winning 70-51.

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Posted: dec. 09, 2014 10:12 p.m. | Updated: dec. 09, 2014 10:22 p.m.
Newton wins round 1

Newton wins round 1

The rivalry that exists between Eastside and Newton has been well documented. For any contest or sporting event that the two compete in, the ultimate goal is to beat the other one, the school across the county.

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Posted: dec. 07, 2014 5:40 p.m.
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Lady 'Noles survive/Rams top Salem

Lady 'Noles survive/Rams top Salem

Salem’s girls survived against a strong push from a promising Newton team with a bright future, but Newton’s boys dealt the Seminoles their second loss of the season.

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Posted: dec. 06, 2014 8:45 p.m. | Updated: dec. 06, 2014 8:55 p.m.
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Newton sweeps Eastside

Newton, both the girls and the boys, got convincing victories over county rival Eastside. The girls started it off with a 76-51 victory and the boys followed it up by winning 57-43.

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Posted: dec. 05, 2014 11:20 p.m.
Rams’ historic run comes to an END

Rams’ historic run comes to an END

All good things must come to an end. Newton’s outstanding playoff run ended on Friday after a devastating 43-29 loss to Etowah.

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Posted: nov. 29, 2014 3:25 p.m. | Updated: nov. 29, 2014 10:00 p.m.
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Banks’ foresight is 20/20

Banks’ foresight is 20/20

Before the season, Rams’ head coach Terrance Banks talked a big game about his team. It had some wondering if he was just being arrogant or if there was actual truth to his words. The Rams just lost their last game of the season, going 2-1 in the playoffs, but it seems Banks was right about a lot.

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Posted: nov. 29, 2014 3:34 p.m. | Updated: nov. 29, 2014 10:00 p.m.
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Athletes of the week: 11/24

Athletes of the week: 11/24

This week is a special edition of our athletes of the week page. With Eastside and Alcovy basketball having away games, we decided that Newton’s seniors would be the athletes of the week. All of Newton’s seniors have made some type of impact on this season, but we can only highlight a few of them. Honorable mentions: Nuka Yobo and Steven Montac.

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Posted: nov. 29, 2014 3:41 p.m. | Updated: nov. 29, 2014 10:00 p.m.
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Rams fall to Etowah

With five minutes and 31 seconds left Newton awaited a kickoff with the game tied at 29. It was everything the Rams wanted, until it wasn’t.

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Posted: nov. 28, 2014 11:56 p.m. | Updated: nov. 29, 2014 12:06 a.m.

Rams: Letting them off the leash

All year long Newton football made its money on offense where Rams’ head coach Terrance Banks had nine returning starters from last year’s team. As the Black Knights know, the Rams live and die (mostly living) on the arms and legs of Romario Johnson. However, it’s been the Rams’ defense that has propelled the team to new heights in this year’s playoffs.

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Posted: nov. 25, 2014 4:48 p.m. | Updated: nov. 25, 2014 5:00 p.m.
Who's next for Newton football?

Who's next for Newton football?

They say pressure either makes pipes burst or it makes diamonds. Plenty of pressure was on Newton to follow up the win against Valdosta and solidify the Rams as a program to be reckoned with. The only pressure that showed against Central Gwinnett was the pressure from the Rams’ defense.

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Posted: nov. 22, 2014 6:12 p.m. | Updated: nov. 22, 2014 10:00 p.m.
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#FanPhotoOfTheWeek

#FanPhotoOfTheWeek

Newton versus Heritage was all it was hyped up to be, at least in terms of the jawing between the two sides in the crowd. To begin the boys matchup, Newton fans brought out their newspapers (Covington News papers of course) when the boys varsity players were announced. It was a smart play, and it worked. Although, the fan contest is over, you can still sends us your fan photos for a chance to get the #FanPhotoOfTheWeek in our weekly Sunday edition.

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Posted: nov. 22, 2014 6:22 p.m. | Updated: nov. 22, 2014 10:00 p.m.
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Rams stifle Black Knights

Rams stifle Black Knights

Before last week, Newton never won a state playoff game. Now, they’ve won two. The Rams scored 15 unanswered points to beat Central Gwinnett 15-14 and advance to the third round where they will hit the road to face Etowah next Friday.

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Posted: nov. 21, 2014 11:06 p.m.
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Play 13: Newton vs Central Gwinnett

All the talk has died down now. Newton football was named Fox 5’s team of the week on Thursday and has drawn plenty of media attention the past week for its victory over Valdosta. None of that matters tonight when the Rams take on Central Gwinnett at 7:30 at Sharp Stadium.

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Posted: nov. 21, 2014 1:46 p.m. | Updated: nov. 21, 2014 1:53 p.m.
Fox 5 names Newton team of the week

Fox 5 names Newton team of the week

After their stunning playoff victory over Valdosta, the Rams have garnered plenty of attention. On Thursday morning, Newton held a pep rally, as Fox 5 came to award the football team with their trophy as the team of the week. Rams' head coach Terrance Banks accepted the trophy after the pep rally. 

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Posted: nov. 20, 2014 5:45 p.m. | Updated: nov. 20, 2014 5:52 p.m.
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Newton owns Heritage in season opener

Newton owns Heritage in season opener

If cheering was the contest that counted then Heritage was easily the victor, but it didn’t. Neither did the many entertaining dance-offs between the fans of the two schools, but what did count was the Ws for both the girls’ and boys’ varsity basketball teams.

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Posted: nov. 19, 2014 10:39 p.m. | Updated: nov. 19, 2014 10:48 p.m.
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Lady Rams practice at Philips Arena

Lady Rams practice at Philips Arena

On Tuesday, the Newton Lady Rams held a practice at Philips Arena. The players got to practice on the Atlanta Hawks' homecourt and also attended the Hawks/Lakers game that night. The team was able to be on the court at halftime and rebound for the players. 

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Posted: nov. 19, 2014 2:55 p.m. | Updated: nov. 19, 2014 3:03 p.m.
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VALDOSTA WHO?

VALDOSTA WHO?

Play 12. That’s been the goal all year for the Newton Rams. You see, playing 12 games in high school football means that you’ve won a first round state playoff game, something Newton hasn’t done, ever. The Rams won two region playoff games in 1987, but region playoffs were eliminated in 1994 and Newton has never won a state playoff game. Until now.

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Posted: nov. 15, 2014 7:34 p.m. | Updated: nov. 15, 2014 10:00 p.m.
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Win or go home

Win or go home. That’s what the playoffs are all about. That’s what the Eastside Eagles and Newton Rams are facing next Friday, as both teams scratched and crawled their way into the Georgia State Playoffs. The first round kicks off November 14th for both teams.

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Posted: nov. 08, 2014 7:49 p.m. | Updated: nov. 08, 2014 10:00 p.m.
Game Analysis: Newton vs rockdale

Game Analysis: Newton vs rockdale

The game of the season between two rivals ended in classic fashion. Newton took the game and the county championship crown in a thrilling 29-26 victory. Rockdale played great, the Bulldogs led for most of the game, but it was Newton’s final drive that drove the nail in the coffin. Here’s some takeaways from the game.

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Posted: nov. 08, 2014 7:59 p.m. | Updated: nov. 08, 2014 10:00 p.m.
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Rams rise above Rockdale

The game was all but over. Rockdale was nine yards away from the endzone and led Newton 26-21 with just over five minutes to go. On third and nine Steven Montac jumped a route and intercepted a Zuri Minnifield pass and the Rams were back in business at their own five-yard line.

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Posted: nov. 07, 2014 11:27 p.m.
The history of Sharp Stadium

The history of Sharp Stadium

In April 1956, Homer Sharp, principal of Newton County High School, proposed an idea for an athletic field for the school’s sport activities. A month later, that athletic field came into action as the county’s board of education approved the proposal. Due to the help of the citizens in the community, the stadium was opened on September 21, 1956. It was named after Homer Sharp, because of his hard-work and passion to get the field done. Since then, the field has been used for high school sporting events, recreational uses and graduation ceremonies.

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Posted: nov. 01, 2014 8:54 p.m. | Updated: nov. 01, 2014 10:00 p.m.
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Season preview: Lady Rams basketball

It’s that time of the year. Leaves are falling off trees, temperatures are dropping, windy days are upon us, football is nearing its end and it’s time to head inside the gymnasiums and hit the hardwood. The Newton Lady Rams aren’t wasting any time, as they already are in the gym getting ready for their season.

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Posted: nov. 01, 2014 8:57 p.m. | Updated: nov. 01, 2014 10:00 p.m.

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