Soft­ball team wants to im­prove on 2012 sea­son

The Covington News - - SPORTS - XAVIER MCKNIGHT sports@cov­ An­thony Banks /The Cov­ing­ton News

The New­ton High Rams soft­ball team came into this sea­son with great ex­pec­ta­tions af­ter mak­ing it to the state play­offs last sea­son.

“I ex­pect the team to do very well. We’re a young team, but we have lots of tal­ent,” New­ton head soft- ball coach Vir­ginia Wa­ters said.

Though the Rams have only one se­nior this year, she is said to be the clearcut, vo­cal leader. “Bri Weaver has come a long way, and I’m very proud of her,” Wa­ters said.

Wa­ters added that she will also do her part as coach to make sure that her play­ers are per­form­ing at their best.

“We’re go­ing to just prac­tice hard and play hard,” Wa­ters said. “I’m go­ing to push them to lev­els they prob­a­bly thought they couldn’t go.

“I’m go­ing to help get them bet­ter men­tally and phys­i­cally,” Wa­ters said.

New­ton be­gan its sea­son on Aug. 9 against Lo­cust Grove. De­spite fall­ing short in a 10-2 loss, the Rams have since won their next two games and cur­rently sit in first place in the 2-AAAAAA re­gion.

The Rams were sched­uled to take on So­cial Cir­cle on Thurs­day, but the game was post­poned due to in­clement weather.

The game will be resched­uled, but the date has not been de­ter­mined.

Two for­mer New­ton High School football stand­outs are ready to help start a new era at Mercer Univer­sity.

Nick Harde­man and Du­rante Carter, two for­mer Rams de­fen­sive backs who grad­u­ated in 2012, are on the first Mercer foot- ball team to take the field in 72 years.

Th e Bears restart their pro­gram in Ma­con Aug. 31, host­ing Rein­hardt at 6 p.m. in front of a sold out crowd at the 10,000-seat Mercer Univer­sity Sta­dium. The de­mand for the game, which sold out in just 27 min­utes, is so great that Mercer is sell­ing seat­ing in the grass berm be­hind the north end zone Mon­day at 10 a.m. for a cost of $7 each.

Th­ese tick­ets will be avail­able on­line only attick­ by click­ing on the "Mercer v Rein­hardt" im­age. All or­ders are sub­ject to on­line

ence’s top-ranked team with five first-placed votes.

"It's an ex­cit­ing day for our pro­gram," said Mercer football head coach Bobby Lamb. "Once we get ev­ery­one sit­u­ated to­day, the ex­cit­ing part starts to­mor­row at 7 a.m. with our conditioning test."

Carter and Harde­man will fig­ure into the Bears’ de­fen­sive plans. Harde­man was a first-team Al­lre­gion se­lec­tion in 2012, and Carter was a three­year let­ter­man for NHS, which reached the play­offs in 2009 and 2012.

Du­rante Carter (23) goes for a blocked punt against Rock­dale in the 2012 sea­son. Carter is on Mercer's first football team in 72 years.

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