Softball team wants to improve on 2012 season
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 attickets.mercer.edu 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.