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NHS to host girls b-ball camp Tuesday

Beginning May 26 - 29, Newton girls basketball will host a camp at Newton from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for grades fourth through 12. The fee for the camp is $60 and includes a a snack/meal.

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No. 1 target

No. 1 target

On Friday evening a little after 6 p.m. Newton students, parents and fans came out to watch the Rams hold their blue and white game, which is more of a glorified practice for people to come and watch than anything.

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Posted: may. 16, 2015 2:32 p.m. | Updated: may. 17, 2015 5:00 a.m.
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Better late than never

Better late than never

For any high school athlete, signing that national letter of intent to their respected college or university may be the best moment of their high school tenure. Usually that special moment comes somewhere during that athlete’s senior year, but in some cases it can come after that. Well, how about nearly a year after graduation? Newton’s 2014 forward Mercedes Booker finally got that moment as she will be taking her talents to Southern Crescent Technical College.

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Posted: may. 08, 2015 8:46 p.m. | Updated: may. 10, 2015 5:00 a.m.
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Lady Rams headed to state

Lady Rams headed to state

A number of Newton track and field athletes qualified to go to state, which takes the eight best times from sectionals. After pushing the team hard in practice throughout last week, coaches Demetrice Perry-Stokes and James Rolloson saw the hard work the girls put in pay off. Below you will find the times and the qualifiers for state.

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Posted: may. 08, 2015 8:48 p.m. | Updated: may. 10, 2015 5:00 a.m.
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Former NHS softball player wins award

Former NHS softball player wins award

Markea Sheppard, whose also president of Claflin University’s 2014-2015 Student Athlete Advisory Committee, won the Female Athlete of the Year award on April 17 Claflin’s Annual Athletics Award. Sheppard, a senior, hit .474 this season, stole 14 bases and blasted seven homeruns.

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Posted: may. 02, 2015 5:43 p.m. | Updated: may. 03, 2015 5:00 a.m.
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Lady Rams track and field wins first region championship in 14 years

Lady Rams track and field wins first region championship in 14 years

On April 22, the Lady Rams Track team won the Region 2-AAAAAA championship and recognized that no matter

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Posted: may. 02, 2015 5:51 p.m. | Updated: may. 03, 2015 5:00 a.m.
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Rams clinch No. 3 seed

Rams clinch No. 3 seed

There isn’t a better way to finish off the baseball season and prepare for the playoffs than a series against your rival. The third and fourth seed from Region 2-AAAAAA, Newton and Rockdale, started a three-game series on Tuesday, and finished up on Thursday. Though Newton lost the series after losses in the first two games, the Rams took the final regular season game of the season and sealed the three-seed with a 4-0 win over Rockdale, Thursday evening.

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Posted: apr. 25, 2015 2:45 p.m. | Updated: apr. 26, 2015 5:00 a.m.
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Doing what nobody has ever done

Doing what nobody has ever done

No matter what they tell you, size always matters. Liberty Middle School offensive lineman Devin Durden has the size, quickness and tremendous work ethic of a future Division-l offensive lineman.

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Posted: apr. 25, 2015 2:53 p.m. | Updated: apr. 26, 2015 5:00 a.m.
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Most known unknown

Most known unknown

Kurt Taylor Jr. Get to know the name and the young sophomore Newton running back because by the time he’s a senior, Taylor Jr. will be one of the best running backs in the nation.

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Posted: apr. 19, 2015 5:37 p.m.
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Three Rams join college ranks

Three Rams join college ranks

Newton basketball will lose three of its best players this year to college as D.J. Hill, Antonio Smith and Donovan Grubb all signed letters of intent to play at the next level. Hill will play at the University of Mobile while Grubb and Smith grind it out together at West Georgia Tech.

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Posted: apr. 19, 2015 5:31 p.m.
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Playing for keeps

A longtime rivalry will be reignited this week when the Newton/Rockdale baseball teams play a three-game series with playoff implications on the line.

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Posted: apr. 19, 2015 5:13 p.m.
Newton grad wins achievement award

Newton grad wins achievement award

Alex Grady, current Georgia Tech sophomore cross country/track and field athlete and former Newton high school valedictorian, has been voted the first-ever recipient of the Ultimate Haier Achievement Award for student-athletes and their accomplishments beyond sports according to a news release. Grady, who majors in mechanical engineering, was one of six Georgia Tech student-athletes to receive the ACC Top Six for Service Award in 2014 In less than two years he has amassed more than 210 community service hours. Grady volunteers at Peachtree Academy in Newton County. There, he helps students with their scholarship applications.

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Posted: apr. 12, 2015 12:37 a.m. | Updated: apr. 12, 2015 5:00 a.m.
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Athletes of the week: 03/30

Athletes of the week: 03/30

Mason Calloway and Alex Johnson are the co-athletes of the week for Newton High school and Mark Beddington is the athlete of the week for Alcovy.

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Posted: apr. 04, 2015 4:56 p.m. | Updated: apr. 05, 2015 5:00 a.m.
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Hagans presented Player of the Year award

Hagans presented Player of the Year award

Born to compete player of the year Ashton Hagans was presented his award Friday morning at Clements Middle School in front of his entire eighth grade class. With his impeccable year playing basketball, Hagans has gotten a lot of recognition, and although it’s deserved, deserve has nothing to do with it.

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Posted: apr. 04, 2015 4:59 p.m. | Updated: apr. 05, 2015 5:00 a.m.
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Settling into their own

Settling into their own

Currently on a four-game winning streak, Newton baseball finds itself one game below .500 at 8-9 overall with a 5-4 region record. The Rams’ current streak has them holding down the No. 4 spot in the region standings with a series to play against Lovejoy (1-12, 0-9 Region 2-AAAAAA) – last in the standings – and Rockdale (9-9, 6-3 Region 2-AAAAAA).

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Posted: apr. 04, 2015 5:01 p.m. | Updated: apr. 05, 2015 5:00 a.m.
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Rams sweep Tigers

Newton added two more wins to its one win total this evening to clinch the season series against Alcovy (3-0) and continue its road to the playoffs. On a beatiful day for a doubleheader, Newton won the first of two games, 10-2 and won the second 10-6.

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Posted: apr. 03, 2015 10:54 p.m.

Rams take 1-0 series lead over Tigers

In a series that could determine a trip to the state playoffs or not, Newton took control of the series by winning game one against Alcovy in a bit of a shootout, 13-7.

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Posted: apr. 02, 2015 10:27 a.m.
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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Posted: mar. 28, 2015 6:28 p.m. | Updated: mar. 29, 2015 5:00 a.m.
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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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