Last year was supposed to be the year, but this campaign turned out to be the one for Newtown High School’s boys’ golf team. The Nighthawks surprised defending champion Pomperaug of Southbury, and the rest of the field, to claim the South-West Conference championship at Danbury’s Ridgewood Country Club, on May 29. The Nighthawks shot 322 and the Panthers shot a 336. “It’s an unbelievable feeling to win this thing,” Newtown Coach Bill Flood said. “This was a total team effort today.” Last spring, Flood’s team was edged by Pomperaug by just one stroke for its only regular-season setback, and had confidence going into the conference championship match, but settled for a runner-up finish. “We thought we had the best chance last year,” Flood admitted. Juniors Colin Patrick and Josh Houle, consistently among the top golfers in the conference, shot a 78 and 80, respectively, to lead the Hawks in the SWC championship.
The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference has posted state tournament seedings and brackets for softball, baseball, and boys’ lacrosse. Newtown High School’s boys’ lacrosse team will start state playoff action on the road, and the softball and baseball teams will get underway at home. Two of the three games feature matchups with South-West Conference rivals.
Newtown High School’s boys’ lacrosse team put together an amazing comeback effort to turn what seemed like a sure loss into a near victory, ultimately falling 12-11, in overtime, to host Barlow of Redding in the May 28 South-West Conference Division I championship game. The fourth-seeded Nighthawks scored the final goal of the third quarter and all six net-finders in the fourth, culminating with a Brad Kretz tally which was set up by Jared Pearson with just 10 seconds to go.
Members of Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ tennis teams participated in the South-West Conference individual tournament on May 26 and 27 — the girls at Joel Barlow in Redding, and the boys at Immaculate High in Danbury — and both squads had champions. Newtown’s No. 2 doubles team of Lindsay O’Donnell and Emily McCoy won the championship, and No. 3 singles player Matt Carino also won a title.
You could say Newtown High School’s softball team stole Joel Barlow of Redding’s South-West Conference championship hopes. The top-seeded Nighthawks used an aggressive approach – a trio of double steals – to grab three runs en route to a 9-7 victory in the May 27 title game, at Stratford’s DeLuca Field.
It was a busy, and successful, afternoon and evening for Newtown High School teams, on May 26. The softball team, behind Lauren Wilcox’s no-hitter, advanced to the South-West Conference championship game with a 12-0 win over Pomperaug of Southbury. The boys’ lacrosse team also reached the SWC championship round with a convincing win, as the Nighthawk laxmen beat New Milford 13-4 in their semifinal contest. For the second year in a row, Newtown’s girls’ track and field team earned second place in the SWC championship meet, at Weston High.
The Newtown Soccer Club hosted the 33rd Annual Memorial Day Soccer Tournament this past weekend. The club welcomed 102 teams from all over Connecticut to play in a one-day format tournament. Out-of-county towns such as Plainfield, Naugatuck, Wallingford, and Bristol came for the competition, along with local clubs from Wilton, Weston, and Westport. The girls’ teams played on Saturday and the boys’ squads on Sunday. In addition to competitive games, food vendors and t-shirt sales made this year’s tournament a success for the Newtown Soccer Club.
Newtown High School’s baseball team, held hitless by Bunnell of Stratford pitcher Ronnie Rossomando for six innings, didn’t get anything going offensively until a trio of seventh-inning singles produced a run, It was too little, too late, as the Nighthawks suffered a 4-1 South-West Conference tournament quarterfinal-round loss, on May 23.
Top-seeded Newtown High School’s softball team took a few innings to get going, but after breaking open a scoreless game in the fourth, the Nighthawks rolled past No. 8 Notre Dame-Fairfield 10-0 in the South-West Conference tournament quarterfinals, on May 22. Newtown pitcher Gillian Galante was dominant throughout, compiling 13 strikeouts, allowing only two hits, and issuing a pair of walks along the way.
The pool at Newtown High School, which is open on a limited schedule for public use, has closed for the season. In place of the indoor swimming option, however, Newtown Parks & Recreation has announced that Treadwell Pool and Eichler’s Cove Beach will both open for the season on Saturday, May 23. The pool, located within the park at 39 Philo Curtis Road, and the beach, at the end of Old Bridge Road, share the same hours all season. Through June 21, both will be open daily from noon to 7 pm.