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GHSA reclassification to affect all six local high schools

The sports landscape in Rockdale and Newton counties will soon look a lot different with the reclassification of the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) starting with the 2016-17 season as no two county schools will be sharing a region.

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Bryan moves on to UGA

Newton’s Ciara Bryan is proof that wishes don’t come true, they have to be worked for as she heads to Georgia to play softball.

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Collins Hill gets running game going to eliminate Newton from playoffs

What started out as an offensive struggle ended with both offenses on fire. Unfortunately for Newton, Collins Hill’s fire burned a little hotter as they knocked the Rams out of the Class AAAAAA playoffs with a 31-24 win at Homer Sharp Stadium on Friday.

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Controlling penalties even more crucial for Newton against Collins Hill

Newton’s football was fortunate to get past East Coweta 38-17 in the first round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs after being penalized 18 times for 180 yards. However, they definitely will not be around for the third round unless they can play more in control and smarter when they face off against Collins Hill in the second round of the playoffs at Homer Sharp Stadium tonight at 7:30.

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Alcovy softball sends two to next level, Kalia Johnson heading to Kentucky and Raven Smith goes to West Georgia

After helping lead the Alcovy softball team to multiple Region 2-AAAAAA championships and taking them to the second round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs Kalia Johnson and Raven Smith are heading their separate ways.

Notae’s 39 points pushes Newton past Eastside in season opener

JD Notae made a statement about Newton basketball scoring 39 points as the Rams dismantled Eastside winning their season opener 90-60 on Tuesday.

Newton girls win season opener over rival Eastside

COVINGTON — There was no doubt that it was the season opener for Newton and Eastside as both teams had long periods when they went from the hot hand to ice cold. But the Lady Rams were just a little bit hotter getting the 54-33 win on Tuesday.

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Medlin heading to Belmont Abbey after Eastside

Following a successful high school softball career at Eastside, Brittany Medlin will continue playing after accepting an from Belmont Abbey College (Belmont, N.C.).

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Newton explodes with 25 unanswered points for playoff win

Six running plays and five pass plays for more than 10 yards helped Newton overcome penalties as the Rams head to the second round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs after beating East Coweta 38-17 at Homer Sharp Stadium on Friday.

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Ray inks with Georgia State

Caitlin Ray will continue her softball career signing with Georgia State University after a successful four years at Eastside.

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Eastside wrestling team focused on a successful season

The Eastside wrestling team finished the season going to the duals where they finished in the top 12 and they had six wrestlers in the traditional meet. Only losing three grapplers from last year head coach Earl Larimer feels they are ready to take that to the next level and possibly be a dominating program again.

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Newton starts march toward the dome against difficult No. 4 seed

The time for celebrating their region championship is over as Newton prepares to face a tough Region 3-AAAAAA No. 4 seed East Coweta team in the first round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs at Homer Sharp Stadium at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

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It’s not all fun and games | PHOTOS

Being a sport editor I have a lot of little perks that comes with the job. Some of the games I have covered include UGA football games, SEC Championship games and several Hawks games.

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Georgia offense gets back on track with win over Kentucky

The hot seat Georgia head coach Mark Richt sits on is still smoldering but it may have cooled off a few degrees with the Bulldogs 27-3 win over Kentucky at Sanford Stadium on Saturday.

Eastside ends season with overtime loss

Eastside found themselves on the wrong end of a 20-14 overtime lose to Griffin in the Region 4-AAAA play-in game at Homer Sharp Stadium on Saturday.

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Rams win region championship and County Line trophy

Newton’s special teams unit came to play as they scored and put the offense in good field position for most of the game against Rockdale in their 42-0 domination at Homer Sharp Stadium on Friday.

There is no tomorrow for Eastside in play-in game

The Class AAAA playoffs starts today for Eastside as they’re in a play-in against Griffin at Homer Sharp Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

Small numbers mean little to Eastside girls basketball team

The numbers may not be on their side, but the limited number of the Eastside girls basketball team does not mean they won’t be competitive.

Salem looking to end season on positive note

The Seminoles started the season on fire winning four straight games looking like a Region 8-AAAAA contender. But after losing their last five games all they do now is try to end the season on a positive note and keep from finishing with a losing record against Cedar Shoals at Seminole Stadium at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

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Taylor gives verbal nod to Michigan

The look and sounds of more than 100,000 screaming fans easily convinced Newton’s Kurt Taylor that playing football for Michigan was the right decision. That was why he gave them an early verbal commitment.

Wren brings new level of excitement to Eastside boys basketball program

A new head coach for the Eastside boys basketball team seems to have brought a new sense of excitement as well as a new way of doing things.

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Taylor breaks 1,000 barrier in Newton's homecoming win

Newton did what they had to do to win a region championship, their first since 1987, with a 53-0 homecoming win over Lakeside- Atlanta at Homer Sharp Stadium on Friday.

Experience not a problem for Newton girls basketball

Newton’s girls basketball team seems to have just about everything they need to possibly win the Region 2-AAAAAA championship and make run a deep run in the playoffs.

Middlebrooks ready to take snaps if needed

Even though Lakeside only has one win in Region 2-AAAAAA, beating Rockdale 39-20 in week eight, Newton head coach Terrance Banks does want to give them a chance to get that second win and ruin their homecoming game at Homer Sharp Stadium today at 7:30 p.m.

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Newton boys to rely on talent to overcome less experience

This may be one of the least experienced teams the Newton boys basketball team has produced but at the same time it is probably on of the most talented. Only time will tell as they get ready to start the 2015-16 season.

Handing Warriors defensive pressure key to Eastside win

The Eastside offensive line will have to make sure to keep the Walnut Grove defense from interrupting the play before it develops if the Eagles want end the Region 4A-AAAA season with a win as they play the Warriors on the road at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

Alcovy shutdown by Tucker in final home game

Unfortunately, it was not a night the Alcovy will want to remember on Senior Night as Tucker scored five touchdowns in the first quarter to on their way to a 58-0 win at Homer Sharp Stadium on Friday.

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Eastside comes close but falls in softball tournament

Eastside’s softball team got as close to winning as any team could come but in the end they were unable to go over the top losing the third and deciding game 3-2 to North Oconee on Thursday.

North Oconee, Eastside forced to deciding game in Class AAAA tournament

In a battle between Eastside and North Oconee could not be any closer as both teams got a win the best of three Class AAAA softball tournament on Wednesday.

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Alcovy misses trip to Elite Eight for third time after being swept by Mill Creek

A combination of Mill Creek hitting and Alcovy mistakes put the Lady Hawks in the championship bracket of the Class AAAAAA softball tournament in Columbus with a 10-0, six-inning and 9-1 in five-inning sweep on Wednesday.

Road to region championship goes through Tweleve Oaks Stadium

Newton’s football team will take one step closer to winning their first region championship since 1987 if they can find a way to beat Lovejoy at Twelve Oaks Stadium on Friday.

Playing to their potential important as Eastside faces lesser opponent

Even though Eastside quarterback Austin Holloway has more yards passing then Hampton’s total offensive output, the Eagles cannot afford to look past them in an important Region 4A-AAAA matchup at Hampton.

Potential playoff spot at stake in region matchup

Alcovy and Tucker are coming into Homer Sharp Stadium with a Region 2-AAAAAA loss making Friday’s 7:30 p.m. game crucial as they look at a playoff spot.

Second round of softball playoffs continue at home

After the first round of elimination in the Georgia High School Association softball playoff there are still three area schools advancing to the second round starting today.

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Heritage starts new reign as NewRock cross county champions | PHOTOS

The Heritage cross county team were able to reclaim the title of NewRock cross country champions at Sims Elementary School on Saturday after losing it last year to Rockdale.

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Chubb missed as Morgan field goals provides Georgia scoring

Georgia’s defense and special teams answered the call to step up when they were needed while the Bulldogs offense felt the absence of Nick Chubb against Missouri as Georgia got the 9-6 win in a crucial SEC East matchup at Sanford Stadium on Saturday.

Eastside survives late Henry County surge for 32-16

Henry County put a scare into Eastside but the Eagles were able to hold on for the 32-16 win at Homer Sharp Stadium on Friday.

Two Cailtlin Ray home runs lifts Eastside over Cook County in first round of Class AAAA softball playoffs

The Lady Eagles overcame the odds beating the higher seed in the first round of the Class AAAA softball tournament on the road in Adel on Wednesday. Eastside won the first game 7-2 before squeaking by with the 5-4 win for the sweep over the Region 1-AAAA No. 2 seed Cook County.

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Eastside needs comeback after disastrous Locust Grove game

The trip to the Class AAAA playoffs starts with Henry County after losing to Locust Grove 42-13 in their last game.

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Alcovy dominates Westlake in first round of softball playoffs | PHOTOS

Alcovy’s softball team showed their dominance jumping all over on Westlake getting run-rule wins in both games of the first round of the Class AAAAAA tournament on Wednesday.

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First step towards state softball championship ready to start

There is no tomorrow for five local softball teams as they get ready to begin the 2015 state softball tournament starts today.

Newton too much for Alcovy to handle

Newton had everything going their way against county-rival Alcovy as they thrashed the Tigers 47-0 at Homer Sharp Stadium on Friday.

Power outage delays start of Alcovy-Newton football game

Due to a power outage prior to kickoff of at Homer Sharp Stadium, coverage of the Newton High School football game against Alcovy on Friday night is not included in today’s edition.

Newton, Alcovy clash in big county rivalry matchup

Newton and Alcovy are both gained some confidence coming off emotional wins last week as the two county and region rivals meet at Homer Sharp Stadium at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

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Eastside sweeps Hampton to earn Region 4-AAAA No. 3 seed | PHOTOS

Eastside’s bats were active in the battle for the No. 3 seed for the Class AAAA softball tournament getting 18 hits in the two-game sweep against Hampton in the Region 4-AAAA tournament on Wednesday.

Heritage softball stays undefeated in region play through semifinals with sweep over Winder-Barrow

The Lady Patriots softball team may have started slow in the Region 8-AAAAA semifinal series against Winder-Barrow but quickly picked up the pace to get the sweep on Tuesday.

Newton answers the call to Rise Up

The war cry for Newton is “Rise Up” and that’s exactly what they did to take control of the destiny towards becoming Region 2-AAAAAA football champions.

Well balanced Locust Grove team proves tough challenge for Eastside

Eastside and Locust Grove should be well rested to see who will have an advantage in Region 4A-AAAA play as both teams are coming off a bye-week. The winner of Friday’s 7:30 p.m. game at Locust Grove High School in McDonough will hold an edge in the six-team subregion.

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Tigers beat Lakeside 15-12 after losing 17 straight

The 17-game losing streak is over as Alcovy beat Lakeside 15-12 for homecoming at Homer Sharp Stadium on Friday.

Newton softball comes back to take win away from Rockdale

Newton’s softball team had some timely hitting and took advantage of several Rockdale errors to over come a five-run deficit in the bottom of the seventh inning for the 13-12 win on Thursday.