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  • Summer Workouts Prepare Nighthawk Football Players For The Grind On The Gridiron

    Football season won’t kick off until September. For Newtown High School’s varsity squad, the regular season opener is set for September 11, when the Nighthawks visit Pomperaug of Southbury. But a lot of what the players are doing during the summer months will contribute to how they perform in games through the end of November and, perhaps, beyond. The ability to get up from a tackle and continue competing, maintain endurance and stamina for play after play during a long game, and to have an overall edge in terms of explosiveness and strength against an opponent might very well be determined in July and August.

  • Black Swan Comes From Behind, Defeats Reach For Softball Title

    Black Swan outslugged Reach 13-10 to claim the Newtown Women’s Softball championship, at Treadwell Park, on August 7. In a back-and-forth game, Black Swan rallied late to pull out the victory. Going into the top of the seventh inning one run down the Swans scored five times, taking the lead on a Melissa Shepard three-run home run. The Swans tacked on two more runs, and a Reach comeback effort fell short. Infielder Katie Schmidt ran down a base runner for the third out. Rose Jackman and Melissa Fracker both hit two run home runs and Laurie Comerford hit a triple for the Swans.

  • Regional Champs! Wildcats Edge Norwalk 6-5 In Title Round

    The Newtown Wildcats capped off an improbable undefeated run through the 11-year-old Cal Ripken 50-70 New England Regional tournament with a 6-5 come-from-behind victory over Norwalk in the championship game, on August 6. The Wildcats ripped through the eight-team double elimination tournament that began on August 1, defeating Hudson, Mass., 11-2, host Dover 12-2, and Connecticut state champion Norwalk 3-2 to advance to the championship for a rematch with Norwalk.

  • Newtown High School Fall Sports Tryouts

    Tryouts for all Newtown High School fall sports teams — with the exception of football — will begin on Thursday, August 27. Football tryouts will begin on Monday, August 17. Follow Newtown High School athletics and get up to date tryout information on Twitter: @nhsathletics. The tryout schedule is subject to change.

  • Regional Champs! Wildcats Edge Norwalk 6-5 In Title Round

    The Newtown Wildcats capped off an improbable undefeated run through the 11-year-old Cal Ripken 50-70 New England Regional tournament with a 6-5 come-from-behind victory over Norwalk in the championship game, on August 6. The Wildcats ripped through the eight-team double elimination tournament that began on August 1, defeating Hudson, Mass., 11-2, host Dover 12-2, and Connecticut state champion Norwalk 3-2 to advance to the championship for a rematch with Norwalk.

  • 10th Annual Newtown Road Race & Kids Run, September 5

    The 10th Annual Newtown Road Race 5K and Newtown Prevention Council Kids Run to benefit Newtown Youth & Family Services will be held on Saturday, September 5. The courses will depart from and return to Dickinson Park. NYFS Executive Director Candice Bohr said she is very excited to be celebrating “ten years of community members running, walking and pushing strollers to help us achieve our mission and provide support services in greater Newtown.”

  • Vintage Ballists Go Back In Time, Honor Early Days Of Base Ball

    A Woodstock Hilltoppers’ player drove a ball deep to left field, over the head of outfielder Bryan Donnelly. A sure extra base hit in today’s game — but this wasn’t today’s game of hardball. Donnelly dove and caught the ball on a bounce for an out. An out? On a bounce? Welcome to 1864 rules base ball (that’s two words, not one word, like how we write baseball today).

  • Monday At Richter: Newtown Lions, Sigma Chi Third Annual Fore Sandy Hook Golf Classic

    Newtown Lions Club and Western Connecticut State University’s Sigma Chi Alumni Association announce the Third Annual Fore Sandy Hook Golf Classic will take place on Monday, August 10, at Richter Park, 100 Aunt Hack Road in Danbury. The tournament will benefit Sandy Hook Elementary Fund (SHEF), which continues to provide financial aid for counseling for those affected by 12/14.

  • Tickets Still Available For USL vs CSL Soccer Game To Benefit NYFS

    Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS) will benefit from a fundraiser at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard, featuring the United Soccer League’s (USL) New York Red Bull II facing Newtown Pride FC of the Connecticut Soccer League (CSL), on Thursday, July 30, at 7:30 pm. Tickets vary in price, starting at $12, with group and family discounts available. Matt Ariniello, operations, development and partnership for success grant coordinator for NYFS, said this week that tickets for the game are still available.

  • Newtown Wildcats Claw Their Way To The Regionals

    The 11U Newtown Wildcats finished second in the Cal Ripken Connecticut State tournament last week (July 19-25) to earn a berth at the New England Regional for the 50-70 field, to be held in Dover, New Hampshire starting August 1.The regional clinching game was a thrilling win over Stratford on July 24 in the losers’ bracket final by a score of 12-10.