There’s no question, coaches coach to win. They drive their players to maximize their abilities, push them to do better — and, yes, sometimes yell at them to fix their mistakes. Winning is one of the driving forces behind involvement in sports in general.
Newtown High School’s baseball team reeled off six straight wins heading into the May 20 regular-season finale with Notre Dame-Fairfield. The Nighthawks lost a tough 3-2, nine-inning decision to the host Lancers, but are hopeful their recent winning ways spill over into the postseason. The Nighthawks will have a chance to avenge that setback in the first round of the South-West Conference playoffs. Newtown is scheduled to visit Notre Dame in the tournament quarterfinals at 1 pm on Saturday, May 24. The Nighthawks are the fifth seed and Notre Dame is the No. 4 team in the bracket.
Newtown High School’s softball team closed out the regular season with seven wins in its final eight contests — the only blemish an 8-1 setback to unbeaten-in-the-South-West Conference Lauralton Hall of Milford on May 15. This past week was highlighted by a pair of lopsided wins. The Nighthawks toppled Kolbe Cathedral of Bridgeport 11-3 at Treadwell Park on May 19, and finished off the regular slate with a 21-0 win at Notre Dame-Fairfield on May 20.
The pool at Newtown High School will be closing for public use on Thursday, May 22, at 7:15 am, for the season. The pool at Treadwell Park, on Philo Curtis Road, and the beach at Eichler’s Cove Beach & Marina, at the end of Old Beach Road, will open for the season on Saturday, May 24.
Newtown High School’s boys’ tennis team, despite the loss of a handful of seniors a year ago, reached the South-West Conference championship match before falling 6-1 to top-seeded and host Weston on May 20.
Newtown High School’s boys’ tennis team edged Pomperaug of Southbury 4-3 in the South-West Conference Tournament semifinals on May 19. The Nighthawks advanced to take on Weston in the May 20 championship match, scheduled for 4:15 pm at Weston High.
Matt Memoli has played in, and coached, a lot of baseball games — recreation, high school, and collegiate ball included. Until a May 10 visit to Bridgeport’s Ballpark at Harbor Yard, home of the Bluefish, he’d never been a part of anything like this one: a wild 16-15 Newtown High School victory over Masuk of Monroe. A game in which his Nighthawks overcame football-like 8-0 and 15-6 deficits to somehow steal a victory.
Thirteen has proven to be a lucky number for Newtown High School’s softball team lately. That’s the run total the Nighthawks put up on the scoreboards in three of four games — all wins — this past week, as they made it five straight wins and improved to 10-6 overall (8-3 in South-West Conference) heading into a May 15 scheduled clash with Lauralton Hall of Milford. The Hawks defeated host New Milford 13-0 on May 7, defeated visiting Stratford 13-1 on May 9, and came from behind to beat Brookfield 7-5, in a road game on May 12, before returning home to topple Bethel 13-0 on May 13. All of those blowouts were shortened games, ended via the 12-run lead mercy rule.
Newtown High School’s girls’ track and field team improved to 12-0 by defeating three opponents at Brookfield High School on May 12, and the boys’ squad went 2-1 on Senior Night at Blue & Gold Stadium on May 13. Both squads also participated in the Spartan Midnight-Sunrise Invitational at Amity High School in Woodbridge May 9-10. In their visit to Brookfield, Newtown defeated the host Bobcats 111.5-38.5, defeated Weston 83-67, and topped New Fairfield 112.2-33.5.