There’s nothing like a good start for any team to build momentum. In volleyball, a sport in which teams get fresh start after start with restarts after sometimes dozens of points in as many as five games in a match, momentum shifts occur numerous times. It all begins with the serve, and that first hit is serving Newtown High School’s girls’ spikers well this fall.
As the regular season gives way to the postseason, Newtown High School girls’ swimming and diving Coach Zach Gauvin couldn’t be more pleased with the direction in which his team is headed. The Nighthawks have been increasing yardage in practices, yet event times have been dropping in meets.
Not a whole lot — in terms of points — separates the fourth- through eighth-seeded teams in the upcoming South-West Conference tournament. And not much — in terms of head-to-head competition — differentiates the Newtown High School’s girls’ soccer squad from any of the top teams. The Nighthawks, however, will have to go on the road and pull off an upset of sorts to make it through the Saturday, October 26, quarterfinal round.
The Newtown High School boys’ soccer team faced off against Pomeraug of Southbury in a battle for second place in the South-West Conference, at Blue & Gold Stadium on October 17. The two teams got together for Newtown’s senior night in the last regular season home game for the Nighthawks. Newtown came out victorious, 2-0.
You can take the Newtown High School football team out of conference, but you can’t take the domination out of the Nighthawks. The Hawks made it look easy once again, clobbering host Wolcott 56-14 under the lights on a crisp October 18 evening in a rare nonconference clash. It marked the second straight game in which the Hawks racked up 56 points, who previously beat South-West Conference foe New Milford 56-13. Newtown improved to 6-0 and Wolcott, which plays in the Naugatuck Valley League, fell to 4-2.
Halloween isn’t here just yet but there have been tricks — hat-tricks for both Clay Gattey and Charlie Poarch in a 6-1 win at Immaculate of Danbury on October 14 — and treats — four lopsided wins over conference foes to begin the month of October — for Newtown High School’s boys’ soccer team.
Newtown High School’s field hockey team blanked visiting Brookfield 2-0 in a potentially crucial South-West Conference clash at Treadwell Park on October 10. Newtown and Brookfield are among the teams on the South-West Conference playoff qualification fringe and the Nighthawks bolstered their chances of qualifying for the eight-team tourney by ending a three-game mini-slide with the shutout.
Newtown High School’s girls’ soccer team — just as it did during the previous Thursday through Tuesday stretch — had a win, loss, and tie this past week. The Nighthawks, following a scoreless deadlock with Lauralton Hall of Milford on October 10, clobbered Oxford 6-2 two days later, then fell 2-0 to Immaculate at Blue & Gold Stadium on October 15.
The Boot Trophy has been in Newtown High School’s possession since 1994. There was little question about whether or not things would remain status quo in the football team’s home tilt with New Milford at Blue & Gold Stadium on October 11. The Nighthawks jumped out to a commanding lead early on, went ahead 56-6 at halftime, and coasted to a 56-13 triumph to improve to 5-0. The visiting Green Wave fell to 1-4.
NYA Sports & Fitness Center will host its fifth Open Play Day on Friday, October 18. All Newtown children in grades 7-8 are invited to visit NYA between 3 and 4:30 pm; grades 5-6 will have open access from 4:30 to 6 pm; K-4 will have the facility from 6 to 7:30; and high school students will be welcomed from 7:30 until 9 pm. Children visiting the center on Friday will also be given a surprise gift, as NYA celebrates its fifth birthday. In addition, children and parents will have the opportunity to meet and thank Nichole Blackburn, of Big Sky Countries, for painting a 100-foot mural within NYA depicting community and recreation centric scenes.