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Defense was the name of the game as the Rams gave up double-digit scoring in one quarter against Lakeside to end the regular season with a 59-21 Senior Night win on Tuesday.
The Lady Rams did all they could to improve their seeding for the Region 2-AAAAAA tournament with their 55-40 win over Lakeside for Senior Night on Tuesday.
Newton’s basketball team was on fire in the first quarter making 82 percent of the shots on their way to a 64-37 win over Lovejoy while giving head coach Rick Rasmussen his 200th career win on Tuesday.
Alcovy’s wrestling team was one win away from winning the two-day 2015 East Metro wrestling tournament coming up four point short of Clarke Central on Saturday.
The Lady Rams had their chances to win a crucial Region 2-AAAAAA game but were unable to overcome some of their mistakes losing to Lovejoy 61-55 on Tuesday.
Eastside boys win fourth straight
Eastside had a lot of turnovers but not as many as the Lady Wildcats giving the Lady Eagles a 43-25 win at Eastside on Friday.
Eastside’s wrestling team had a 42-35 win over South Gwinnett on their Senior Night on Wednesday after coming from the GHSA Class AAAA Team Dual Wrestling Championship with a 42-30 win over Pike County.
A fourth quarter surge by the Lady Tigers gave Alcovy the 60-51 win over Newton while the Newton boys had no problems keeping the Tigers winless so far this season with their 74-29 Region 2-AAAAAA win on Friday.
As the Newton boys basketball try to get their 17th win of the season on the road against Heritage in non-region competition at 6 p.m. on Friday, there is a lot more on the line as it will give head coach Rick Rasmussen his 200th win as a head coach.
Tucker’s aggressive and attacking style of play took its toll on the Alcovy girls basketball team as they came and shutdown the home team with a 58-47 Region 2-AAAAAA win on Tuesday.
Rockdale had four pins in the final bout against Alcovy to win the Region 2-AAAAAA Team Dual Championship at Rockdale on Friday.
I was reading a story by The Sports Xchange writer John Perrotto about how he felt a couple of names were left off the Hall of Fame list. The players he would like to see enter Cooperstown are Barry Bonds and Rodger Clemens.
The Rams started the game with a hot hand to take a 12-9 at the end of the first period before they cooled off only scoring two points in the second frame. Lovejoy took advantage of Newton’s inability to sink a basket to take a 23-14 halftime lead in the 39-37 loss on Tuesday.
Rockdale’s wrestling team scored 75 points to finish in a three-way tie with Parkview and Oak Mountain for 14th place with the help of three grapplers in the finals in the 38-team Archer Duals ending on Saturday.
Accolades for Alcovy’s Kalia Johnson and Newton’s Ciara Bryan continue as they excelled on the softball field being named to the All-Region 2-AAAAAA softball team.
Newton’s DJ Hill proved why he was the Most Valuable Player in the Walnut Grove Christmas Classic tournament hitting the game winning shot at the buzzer for the 39-36 win on Tuesday.
Newton girls win game for fifth place finish, Eastside takes fourth in loss at Walnut Grove tournament
The Lady Rams held on a late charge by Walnut Grove to take fifth place with a 42-38 win while the Eastside girls were unable to overcome Lovejoy’s height losing the battle for third place 52-34 in the Walnut Grove Christmas Classic on Tuesday.
Newton's DJ Hill led the Rams to strong fourth-quarter finish in the semifinal game against Apalachee for the 57-50 win at the Walnut Grove Christmas Classic on Monday.
A lack of free-throw shooting and a basic letdown in the rest of the game contributed to Eastside's 75-47 loss to Decatur in the semifinal game of the Walnut Grove Christmas Classic on Monday.
Newton quarterback Romario Johnson and Eastside defensive lineman Arthur Holmes named to offensive and defensive players of the year
Both Newton and Rockdale County saw some exciting times on the gridiron this season as four of the six local schools made it to the playoffs.
Rockdale’s wrestling team got seven medalist including two first place winners to come in third in the 21-team South Metro Invitational on Saturday.
Eastside’s basketball teams had a rough two days as they were swept by Jonesboro on Friday before getting the same treatment by Newton on Saturday.
Rockdale’s Dax Willette and Kimola McCallum had the best cross country averages to earn them the 2014 All-Citizen Boys and Girls Cross Country Runners of the Year.
A late surge on the mat by Alcovy’s wrestling team allowed them to hold on to the Newton Cup for the third straight year with wins over Eastside and Newton on Tuesday.
The Eastside boys did something the Alcovy girls did not as they allowed their opponent to stay close.
The Eastside girls basketball team did not start the night well dropping the first game 76-51 to the Newton girls while the Newton teams slowly pulled ahead of the home-team Eagles for a 57-43 win and the sweep on Friday.
Alcovy’s Madison Beazley and Autumn Evans will continue to play as teammates after signing with Andrew College Tigers.
Eastside’s Arthur Holmes was named the All-Region 4-AAAA Defensive Player of the Year while 12 other were named to the All-Region 4A-AAAA team.
Newton’s boys basketball team were able to take Meadowcreek out of their normal defense allowing the Rams to pull away getting the 77-52 win on Tuesday.
Both Eastside squads turned up the heat against Riverdale as the home team swept the visiting Raiders in non-region play on Tuesday.
Five Eastside players were recently named to the 2014 All-Region softball team including on the three first team.
The Newton boys basketball team remained perfect through their first four games of the season after winning a pair of game at the four-team Rusty Wallace Invitational at Karns High School in Knoxville, Tenn.
Newton found themselves in an offense shootout with Etowah as the two team combined for 43-first half points. But in the end the Ram hurt themselves fumbling the ball with five minutes left in a tied game. The Rams lost 43-29 in the quarterfinal game on Friday.
As the Rams get deeper in the playoffs the competition will only get tougher. After narrowing getting past Central Gwinnett 15-14 last week the Rams are traveling to Woodstock to play Etowah in the quarterfinal round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
Rockdale’s swim team dominated their first home meet with 16 first-place finishes and another state qualifier at Johnson Park on Saturday.
Eastside’s basketball teams had a difficult start of the season against Grayson as they were swept in their opener on Monday. The Lady Eagles were crushed 77-37 while the Eastside boys gave the game away in their 85-81 loss.
Eastside’s Madison Hopper recently inked with with Emmanuel College after a successful senior year for the Lady Eagles.
Newton’s defense came up with the big plays when they needed them to beat Central Gwinnett 15-14 in the second round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs at Homer Sharp Stadium on Friday.
The Newton boys basketball team needed a late charge in the fourth quarter to pull away from Heritage before getting the 51-41 win while the Lady Rams had no trouble beating Lady Patriots 75-41 in their season opener on Wednesday.
Defense is going to be the name of the game as Central Gwinnett brings their high-powered offense to face Newton in the second round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs at 7:30 p.m. On Friday at Homer Sharp Stadium.
The Newton girls basketball took advantage of Heritage’s 42 turnovers as they started their season with an impressive 75-41 win on Wednesday.
Once again the Eastside defense will have to find a way to stop a running juggernaut when they step on the field at George B. Maloof Stadium to take on St. Pius X in the second round of the Class AAAA playoffs at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
Almost four years ago, when running back Marshall Faulk was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a first-time eligible, it signaled the beginning of the group of outstanding players from the St. Louis Rams “Greatest Show on Turf” teams that would some day also be considered for enshrinement.
The Rams are ready to continue their quest for the Class AAAAAA championship Friday as they host Central Gwinnett at 7:30 p.m. at Homer Sharp Stadium
With only two returning starters in senior D. J. Hill and sophomore Darvin Jones, the Newton head coach Rick Rasmussen is counting on the rest of the team to step up quickly as they started their season play against Heritage on Wednesday.
After graduating her entire starting lineup, Lady Rams head coach is not letting up on the new girls as she still feels her team has a legitimate shot at winning the Region 2-AAAAAA title.