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Newton names its team for Dixie Boys
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The 2012 Dixie Boys World Series is coming to Newton County.

Not only does that mean thousands of fans will descend on Covington for one of the country's greatest youth league championships, but also that Newton County is guaranteed to have a representative.

The host region always gets an automatic bid into the 12-team tournament, facing the best from 11 other states.

The Newton County team was selected from a pool of the county's top Dixie Boys' players and was named this week.

Denny Hewell will manage the squad consisting of 12, 14, and 15-year-old athletes from Covington, Mansfield, Newborn and Oxford.

Among the players are Connor William Hewell and Nicholas Kent Womack, who both played for the Yankees during their Dixie Boys' seasons.

Womack is also the son of assistant coach Cory Womack of Covington. Eddie Jones, of Mansfield, is the team's other assistant, and his twin sons Jacob Tyler and Jared Thomas Jones of the Athletics are also on the team.

The lone Oxford representative is Phillip Eliga Rowe of the Rangers, and the lone Newborn representative is William Dale Powell Jr. of the Red Sox.

Covington's Hunter Richard Phillips joins his former Rangers' teammate representing Newton County in the 2012 Dixie Boys World Series.

Grady Owen Ritchy of the Athletics, Blake Steven Shope of the Giants, Marquell Dejuan Stevens and Jeremy Austin Taylor of the Braves and Michael Troyante Terry Jr. of the Reds all hail from Covington and will play for Newton County.

Newton County rounds out the first day of games in the world series at 7 p.m. on Aug. 4. The host team will take on Texas on field one.

Newton County will have a chance for two teams, as the Newton County Dixie All-Stars play in the state tournament, which will provide Georgia's representative in the 2012 Dixie Boys World Series.