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Golfers show heart for Gowen

Not even bad weather could stop the more than 150 golfers from showing their support in the Golf for Laurie tournament at Ashton Hills Golf Club on Saturday.

High school football 30 days away

Newton High School will get things going on the gridiron as they host Berkmar on August 22 to start the 2014 football season.

Former Rams player replacing football legend at Lincoln County

Kevin Banks has some huge shoes to fill as he replaces Larry Campbell as head coach for Lincoln County.

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Hawkins, Reed advance their careers playing at the next level

Two more Newton athletes made it to the next level with Taylor Hawkins going to Reinhardt University for football and Deandra Reed playing basketball at Albany Tech.

Rams football squad has productive summer workout

Newton’s football team has shown some promise of good things to come after a good summer workout session.

Time for a change could be in store for Lady Rams

The departure of seven seniors left the Newton girls basketball team without any players with real varsity experience. But instead of panicking, Lady Rams head coach Tiffani Johnson is going to use this as an opportunity.

Lady Eagles getting ready for change

The Eastside girls basketball are not sure if they’re going to be able to reload or rebuild after graduating seven seniors from last year’s team. But one thing they are sure of is that they are going to have to play a different brand of basketball with their new region alignment.

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Youngsters learning skills to a lifetime game

For Hallie and Payton Davis, summer is a time to try out new activites. The two are part of a small group of kids finding the enjoyment of being outdoors learning the game of golf.

Eastside boys basketball use summer to mold players

The Eastside boys basketball team learned a lot over their summer practice. But the main lesson the team learned was that they still have a long way to go to get to the same level they were at last year.

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Rams finish summer workout on high note

The Newton boys basketball team finished their summer workout with a successful trip to Mercer.

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Building chemistry is key to Alcovy girls basketball during summer workouts

Before starting their summer workouts, Alcovy head coach David Baker had a team meeting expressing the importance of building team chemistry.

Oaks Course continues relationship with USGA

The Oaks Course was recently awarded to one of the qualifying courses for the new four-ball format which is replacing the public links tournament continuing their relationship with the USGA active after 17 years.

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Newton boys develop team chemistry as summer continues

Newton’s boys basketball team continues to improve on the summer workouts going 6-1 during their Clayton State and UGA camps.

Im tames Oaks Course shooting under par in Atlanta Junior Golf tournament

The Oaks Course was the next stop of the Atlanta Junior Golf Summer Series Tournament schedule where the players competed on Tuesday.

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Covington post a run-rule win over Conyers

The A’s took advantage of key hitting and several Conyers miscues to give Covington Post 32 a 12-2, run-rule win over Post 77 on Sunday.

Eagles football heading in right direction during summer workouts

Eastside to conduct youth camp on Monday

Eastside’s football team is making great strides in making the 2014 season a huge success with a lot of participation for their summer.

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Local golfer rising in AJG series

Landon Farill is making some noise in the Atlanta Junior Golf summer series as he is currently in fourth place in the 2014 18-Hole Open Boys 13-14 point standings having played in five tournaments so far.

Tigers solving issues before they become problems

Tigers solving issues before they become problems

Rams show signs of improvement in first camp of the summer

The Newton boys basketball team may have gotten off to a slow start, but they quickly improved as they became more comfortable and trusted each other in their camp at Furman.

Inexperience may not be a bad thing as new coach takes over Alcovy softball

The Lady Tigers new head softball coach is bringing enthusiasm to the table since experience is not something Brandy Keeter can provide.

Rams finding identity in summer workout

Even though the Rams started practice a week late because of the added days to the end of the school year, they are quickly starting to find out who they are as a team.

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Henry takes game to even higher level

Former Newton hoops player Shane Henry is taking his game an even higher next level. After playing for Georgia Perimeter for two years, Henry will take his collegiate career to higher level playing playing for Virginia Tech.

Newton County upgrades helmets based on STAR rating

The Summation of Tests for Analysis of Risk (STAR) ratings study done by the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences schools hit home as the Newton County Board of Education recently bought 380 helmets replacing some of the lower ranked helmets.

Burnette stepping down as Alcovy AD

The recent moves by the Newton County School System also affected Alcovy sports. After a short two-year stay Tigers athletic director Gabe Burnette is leaving.

Eastside softball returns with a familiar face

Eastside’s softball team has a not so new leader at the helm. After being away from the game for five years, Heather Wood is returning as the Lady Eagles head coach.

Three boys, three girls named to All-Region 8-AAAA soccer team

Three players on the Eastside boys and girls team were named to the All-Region 8-AAAA soccer team with Tyrik Francis being named to the first team for the second year in a row.

Kelley hopes to bring a fast pace to Alcovy basketball

The Alcovy boys basketball team had a season they would like to forget having won two games and a head coach that left after the winter break. Hopefully, newly appointed head coach Duane Kelley will be able to put all that behind them as they build a new future.

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Peamchuen gets top publinks qualifying spot with under-par round

Kennesaw State’s Kaew Preamchuen dominated the competition and the golf course shooting a four-under par 67 in the final Women’s Public Links Qualifying round at the Oaks Course on Tuesday.

Seventeen local players on All-Region 2-AAAAAA teams

Seven local soccer players proved their worth as they were named to the Region 2-AAAAAA first team with 10 more placed on the second team.

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Oduah agrees to head to Albany State for track

Eastside’s Daniel Oduah recently signed with Albany State University’s track program where he will hopefully improve on his GHSA Class AAAA Track and Field high jump championship height of 6-feet-6 inches with virtually no training.

Eastside Wagstaff, Jordan/Blockowitz make all-region team

Eastside’s Justin Wagstaff along with the doubles team of Emmy Jordan and Ellen Blockowitz were made to the Region 8-AAAA tennis team.

Murphy finishes fifth at state tournament, Eastside comes in 14

Eastside girls finishes 12th in state tournament

Eastside’s Quin Murphy had four birdies in his round at the Class AAAA GHSA Boys Golf State Championships tournament at Westlake Country Club in Martinez to finish in fifth place on Monday.

Errors end season for Darton State College

Errors ended Darton State College’s hope of playing in the NJCAA Baseball World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado with their 5-1 loss to Columbia State Community College at Georgia Perimeter College on Monday.

Beggs shuts down Buck offense for Jaguars win

The wind played havoc on the Motlow State outfielders while Jaguars pitcher Dustin Beggs shut down the Bucks offense allowing Georgia Perimeter to advance to the second round of the double-elimination NJCAA East-Central District Tournament with a 5-1 win at Jaguar Field on Friday.

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Eastside boys look for top-10 finish at state tournament

Despite making it out of the Region 8-AAAA tournament with the highest qualifying score, Eastside boys golf coach Jay Cawthon thinks that his team has the potential to drop 20 strokes off their game at the Class AAAA state tournament on Westlake Country Club in Martinez on Monday.

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Playing well is more important than score as Eastside girls head to state

The Eastside girls are not at a particular score when they play in the Class AAAA girls golf state tournament at Waynesboro Country Club on Monday. All they want to do is improve.

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Chapman heads to West Georgia

Young Americans Christian School’s Halen Chapman recently signed her letter of intent with the University of West Georgia to play volleyball.

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No practice makes perfect

Eastside’s Daniel Oduah won the high jump at the GHSA Class AAAA track and field with a jump of 6-feet, 6-inches without practicing the event between the region and the state meet.

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Francis heading to Savannah State after impressive workout

Eastside’s Treyvon Francis turned a lot of heads at his workout at Savannah State University.

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End of an era come to the Oaks Course

The Oaks Course has been the site for the local qualifier for the U.S. Women’s Public Links tournament since 1998.

Lady Patriots end season on PK’s

An own goal came back to haunt the Lady Patriots soccer team ending their season in the quarterfinal round of the Class AAAAA tournament losing to Northgate 2-1 in penalty kicks on Saturday.

Local golfer vie for a chance to compete in U.S. Open

It’s very doubtful that anyone will try to make their dream come true by attempting an impossible shot of clearing a pond and putting back spin using three-wood to stick their ball on the green, but the making a dream come true for four local golfers is still a possibility as they try to get past the local qualifying round for the U.S. Open Championship.

Eastside shoots 302 at sectional, advance to state

The Eastside girls golf made cleared another hurdle on their way to the Class AAAA state tournament having finished third with a team score of 302 in the Class AAAA sectional at Bull Creek Golf Course-East in Columbus on Monday.

Providence Christian heads to state championship game

The Providence Christian boys soccer team started strong and stayed strong for most of the game as the Warriors beat Calvary Christian 3-0 in the Georgia Independent Christian Athletic Association semifinal on Monday.

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Rams unable to get second win in AAAAAA playoff

Newton had a come-from behind win in the first game of the Class AAAAAA baseball playoff series against McEachern but they were unable to do it again as they were eliminated two game to one.

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Payne could be dual-sport player at Huntingdon

After four years Alcovy football/baseball player Tristan Payne has done a great deal to make the Tigers a winning athletic program.

Season ends for Newton boys and Alcovy girls soccer teams

The season abruptly ended for the Newton boys and the Alcovy girls soccer squads as both teams were shutout in the first round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs on Wednesday.

Baseball returns to Post 32 after long absence

After a more than six-year hiatus, baseball is coming back to Covington’s American Legion Post 32 playing their games at Alcovy.

Alcovy boys, girls golf teams claim region title

Floyd low medalist

The golf season has been extended for the Alcovy boys and girls team for at least one more tournament after winning the Region 2-AAAAAA tournament and advancing to the sectional.

Newton baseball clinches Region 2-AAAAAA championship

Eagles play hard for pride in season finale

Newton’s baseball made quick work of Morrow beating the Mustangs 16-0 in four innings to secure the Region 2-AAAAAA championship on Friday while the Eagles won their final game of the season with a 3-0 win over Monroe Area as they just missed a playoff berth.