If Newtown High School’s girls’ basketball team wins its regular-season finale, it gets to host a South-West Conference tournament quarterfinal round game. If the Nighthawks lose, they’ll have to go on the road. “Everything is laid out in front of us now. We control our own destiny,” said Newtown Coach Jeremy O’Connell, whose team hosts Pomperaug of Southbury at 7 pm on Tuesday, February 17. Both teams are 10-2 in conference play, meaning the winner earns the tournament’s No. 2 seed, behind unbeaten New Fairfield, and the luxury of playing on their familiar hardwood to open tourney play when the SWCs tip off on Saturday, February 21.
Mission (part one) accomplished. Newtown High School’s wrestling team avenged last year’s nail-biting runner-up finish in the South-West Conference championships with a convincing victory in the February 14 conference tournament, at Bunnell High School. The Nighthawks scored 258.5 points to defeat second-place New Milford, which had a stranglehold on the title since 2007, and managed 214 points this time around. “As always, our strength is the fact we compete as a team – we’re a unit. Everybody on this team contributed. There’s not one guy on this team that didn’t score points for us,” Newtown Coach Chris Bray said.
uneven bars, balance beam, and floor, and took home a fourth-place finish in the South-West Conference championship meet at New Milford High School on February 12. The Nighthawks scored 126.85 points. New Milford won the competition with 140.5, Nonnewaug placed second with 134.15, and Pomperaug of Southbury was third with 133.2.
Ed Marks grew up here, participating in Newtown Parks & Recreation activities and playing sports on fields across town throughout his childhood, and continued to do so in men’s softball leagues while his children followed in his sports-playing footprints. For the past decade and a half, Marks has played a significant role in the progress of athletics and recreation on those very same fields, first serving on the Newtown Parks & Recreation Commission, and eventually becoming chairman in 2007. His dedication and concern for the betterment of recreational activity in town have earned Marks, 53, The Newtown Bee’s Harmon Award for Sportsman of the Year — named in honor of former Bee Sports Editor Kim Harmon — for 2014.
Newtown High School’s wrestling team capped off its regular campaign with a 59-18 Senior Night win over the New Fairfield Rebels, on February 11. Also that night, the hockey team lost to Masuk of Monroe. Newtown’s gymnastics team competed in regular-season meets on February 6 and 10, as they geared up to participate in the South-West Conference championships, in New Milford, on February 12. The boys’ swimming and diving team had several strong performances in a 97-86 loss at Brookfield, on February 10.
Newtown High School’s boys’ basketball team hasn’t lost consecutive games since the early stages of the season, and made sure that trend continued with a 53-41 win at New Fairfield on February 10. The Nighthawks improved to 12-4 overall and 7-2 in South-West Conference play with four games to play before the start of the postseason. The girls’ basketball team hosted New Fairfield, making for a battle of the best in the South-West Conference, also on February 10. The Nighthawks, who have played from behind throughout many of their games this winter, weren’t able to get over the hump in a 51-41 setback to the Rebels.
The Nighthawks, leaders of the SWC’s Colonial Division, fell to 13-5 overall and 9-2 in conference action.
The Harlem Wizards are coming back to Newtown for a comedy basketball game on Sunday, February 22. The game will be played at Newtown High School beginning at 3 pm. The Wizards will take on a team of Newtown teachers and school staff as they have done in the past.
Snow is at it again – this time postponing the Newtown High School wrestling team’s Senior Night clash with New Fairfield. The meet, originally scheduled for Monday, February 9, has been postponed until Wednesday, February 11. Start time of 7 pm remains the same. The Nighthawk grapplers are coming off a win over Notre Dame-Fairfield on February 4. They’re gearing up for the South-West Conference championships, set to take place at Stratford’s Bunnell High School on February 14. Here’s a recap of recent action from the mats, courts, track, ice, and pool – and a look at upcoming games (weather permitting of course): Newtown High’s wrestling team scored a 66-12 victory over visiting Notre Dame-Fairfield in their most recent competition. The boys’ swimming and diving team is scheduled to visit defending state champion Brookfield, at The Dive Shop, at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, February 10. The girls’ cagers, coming off a 43-32 victory at Kolbe Cathedral of Bridgeport on February 6, will be home to take on New Fairfield on Tuesday, February 10 – tipoff is set for 7 pm.
Newtown High School’s cheerleading squad made it two straight South-West Conference championships, prevailing among 13 rival schools with a score of 184.2 at Weston High on February 7. Second-place Masuk scored 163 points and third-place New Fairfield had 144. “The girls performed beautifully. Before we took the mat, we asked each of them to stay calm and do their job. They have worked incredibly hard since August getting stronger and perfecting skills,” Coach Susan Bridges said.
The South-West Conference indoor track and field championships took place at the Floyd Little Athletic Center on February 7, bringing together the best runners, throwers, and jumpers from Newtown and rival teams. Newtown’s girls’ squad, led by Micaela Nowacki’s first-place finish in the shot-put event, placed fourth as a team with 38 points. Weston won the girls’ competition with 125 points, Pomperaug of Southbury was second with 63, and Masuk of Monroe was third with 49. Ten schools with girls’ lineups scored points in the championships. The NHS boys, who got a runner-up high jump performance from Cole Terry, came in seventh among 13 teams. Newtown had 27 points.