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Newton boys blow out Eastside

COVINGTON -- Newton's boy's basketball team had no trouble with county rival Eastside, winning 66-26 Saturday behind 32 points from Stephen Croone.

The Rams, who won their third consecutive game, led 58-21 after three quarters and Croone, who knocked down 3-pointers, and the rest of the starters sat during a six-minute final period.

"We still got some tough opponents coming up (but) I feel like we're peaking at the right time," said Newton coach Rick Rasmussen, whose team improved to 13-5. "It was a complete game, it'll give us some momentum."

Justin Thompson added 12 points for the Newton, while sophomores Treyvon Francis and Anthony Henderson led Eastside (8-11) with nine and eight points, respectively.

Bulldogs third at East Metro

COVINGTON -- The Rockdale wrestling team finished third at the East Metro Tournament, hosted by Alcovy High School, on Saturday. The Bulldogs had eight placers, led by 106-pound champion Alonzo Allen and 160-pound runner-up Anthony Banks. Heritage, led by heavyweight Most Outstanding Wrestler Jacob Lambo (champion at 182 pounds), finished fourth. Eastside finished fifth, thanks in large part to lightweight MOW and 120-pound champion Tyler Bailey and middle weight MOW Kevin Thompson, who won the 138-pound title.

Rockdale girl's basketball drops second straight

FAYETTEVILLE -- The Rockdale girl's basketball team followed a Friday loss to rival Salem with a blowout loss to McIntosh at Starr's Mill High School on Saturday, losing 45-21 in a non-region game. Rockdale (15-4), which lost consecutive games for the first time this season, was held to the program's lowest point total since a 71-26 loss to Madison County in February 2009. Meanwhile, McIntosh held its eighth opponent under 30 points and improved to 14-5.