Stage set for Rockdale, Newton basketball all-star game

COVINGTON — The best of Rockdale County and the best of Newton County will clash on the hardwood in annual all-star basketball game at Newton on Thursday.

A 3-point contest for the girls and boys will begin at 5 p.m. followed by a slam dunk contest at 5:30 p.m. and the girls game starting at 6 p.m. with the boys starting at approximately 7:30 p.m. Both games will be played under college rules of two 20-minute halves.

Both Newton County teams will be led by Rams head coaches Tiffani Johnson and Rick Rasmussen. Salem head coach Rochone Dilligard will lead the Rockdale County girls team with Heritage boys coach Vernon Denmark directing the Rockdale County boys.

“This is a really fun event to participate in and an honor to coach,” Rasmussen said. “The coaches earn the right to coach the teams by winning their respective county championships by virtue of overall record vs the other two county schools and head-to-head records.”