Both regular-season meetings were defensive battles that went into overtime, so it was only fitting that with the conference championship on the line the Newtown High School and New Fairfield-Immaculate of Danbury hockey teams needed extra time to decide things once again. In the end, it was second-seeded New Fairfield-Immaculate which came out on top, earning a 2-1 victory over the top-seeded Nighthawks in the March 7 Southern Connecticut/ South-West Conference Division III title game at Bennett Rink.
Newtown High School’s hockey team, the top seed in the Southern Connecticut/ South-West Conference Division III tournament, will challenge No. 2 New Fairfield Immaculate of Danbury for the trophy on Friday, March 7. The game time, originally 6 pm, as reported in the March 7 print edition of The Bee, was changed by conference officials after deadline. The game is now slated to begin at 8 pm and will take place, as originally planned, at West Haven’s Bennett Rink.
He may “only” be a freshman, but Newtown High School wrestler Anthony Falbo already has Class LL and State Open weight division championships under his belt. Sure, wrestling is perhaps the one and only physical athletic competition that offers a consistently equal playing field for head-to-head competitors because of the weight classes, but Falbo’s achievement is particularly impressive — as if a State Open crown isn’t enough for any athlete — because of where he falls in the lineup.
Newtown High School’s gymnastics team competed in the Class L state championships at Pomperaug High School in Southbury on March 1. The Nighthawks, with 128.875 points, placed sixth among eight schools. Southington, with 138.375 points, won the championship.
Newtown High School Baseball Coach Matt Memoli will run an April Vacation Baseball Academy, during the week of April 14-18, for players ages 7-14. The program will be split into middle school and a youth baseball sessions.
Are your children interested in soccer? There is still time to sign up for the Newtown Soccer Club’s recreation program. The Newtown Soccer Club has openings for new players ages U4 through U14 for the coming spring recreation season.
Sugar Hill Sports, formed by Newtown youth girls’ basketball Coach Scott Larsen, has an AAU Tournament team. Open tryouts will be held Monday, March 24, and Wednesday, March 26 — both at 6 pm in the Newtown Middle School A gymnasium.
The Sandy Hook 5K, referred to as the Sandy Hook Run for Families a year ago, will once again be held, this time in the town the event benefits. The Saturday, March 29, race will begin 8:15 am on the campus of Fairfield Hills and will feature a 5K run/ fitness walk, as well as a fun run for children ages 2–11. Runners and walkers of all abilities and families with strollers are welcome.
No matter how strongly a team starts, it sometimes comes down to the effort at the end of a game to differentiate a win from a loss. Newtown High School’s hockey team made it a point to finish what it started, pulling away for a 5-2 win over Sheehan of Wallingford, in its conference tournament semifinals at Milford Ice Pavilion on March 5. The top seed in the Southern Connecticut/ South-West Conference Division III playoffs, Newtown seized a 2-0 lead before No. 4 Sheehan scored to make it a 2-1 game in the second period. The Nighthawks answered with a goal in the final minute of the middle stanza and added two more third-period tallies to build a commanding 5-1 lead.
Newtown High School’s hockey team enters into the postseason hungry for success after falling short of championships last winter. The Nighthawks had a tremendous regular campaign (going 13-4-3 overall) and are — on paper — among the teams to beat in the playoffs. But make no mistake about it, the Nighthawks know it won’t be an easy task to capture a conference and/or state championship. The Hawks know they’ll have to work hard to prove they are the team to beat on the ice. The Nighthawks are the top seed in the four-team Southern Connecticut/ South-West Conference Division III tournament, which will get under way with semifinal-round action at Milford Ice Pavilion on Wednesday, March 5 against No. 4 Sheehan of Wallingford. The opening faceoff is scheduled for 6 pm.