Due to anticipated snow, a scheduling change was made for the South-West Conference girls’ basketball playoffs after the sports section of The Newtown Bee went to press this week. In the two articles covering the Nighthawks on page B-1, the original game time of 7 pm is listed for the Saturday, February 21, quarterfinal contest between host Newtown High School and Immaculate of Danbury. The new start time is 3 pm.
Newtown High School’s boys’ basketball team lost back-to-back games for the first time this season, falling 55-46 to visiting Masuk of Monroe on February 13, and 54-49 at Pomperaug of Southbury on February 17. The Nighthawks fell to 7-4 in South-West Conference play and, with just two regular season games remaining, find themselves clinging to the third seed in the standings. The top four squads will earn quarterfinal-round home games when the playoffs begin at 7 pm on February 27.
Newtown High School’s girls’ basketball team’s regular season came down to the final game to determine if the Nighthawks would get home court advantage in the South-West Conference Tournament quarterfinal-round game. A fierce battle between the Nighthawks and visiting Pomperaug of Southbury, on February 17, went into overtime and the Nighthawks came through with a 62-54 win. Mali Klorczyk scored 27 points to help the Nighthawks finish 11-2 in conference play and earn the SWC’s No. 2 seed. The Nighthawks will host their tourney opener, at 7 pm on Saturday, February 21 when seventh-seeded Immaculate of Danbury visits.
Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ indoor track teams participated in the Class LL State Championships at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven on February 16. The meet was originally scheduled for February 15 but got postponed because of snow. The Newtown girls placed 16th with seven points and the boys’ squad was 20th with one point; both lineups had several participants. Glastonbury, with 77, won the girls’ competition, and Danbury, with 71, was tops among the boys.
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.