• More Late-Game Dramatics Weren't Enough For Girls' Booters In States

    Throughout the campaign, the Newtown High School girls’ soccer team rallied late to tie or take the lead in games en route to qualifying for the postseason. Trailing visiting Simsbury in the final minutes of the Class LL state tournament first round game, at Blue & Gold Stadium on November 9, the Nighthawks — true to their flair for the dramatics form — scored to force overtime. Newtown ultimately fell 3-2 (6-4 in penalty kicks following double overtime).

  • Fifth Grade Football Team Advances To League Championship

    Newtown’s fifth grade football team defeated Shelton 49-20 in the Shoreline Youth Football Conference semifinals, this past week. After receiving the opening kickoff, the Vikings wasted no time, scoring on the second play from scrimmage to take a 6-0 lead. That lead would prove to be their last in the contest as the visiting Hawks unleashed an offense that scored on its first four possessions of the game.

  • NUSAR Fundraiser Rescheduled

    Newtown Underwater Search And Rescue’s annual comedy basketball fundraiser with the Harlem Superstars has been rescheduled from Saturday, November 14, to Saturday, November 21, due to a scheduling conflict. The NUSAR Dream Team will host the Harlem Superstars in a game to begin at 7 pm in the Newtown High School gymnasium.

  • Boys’ Soccer Team Loses Double Overtime, PK Battle

    A physical battle, under a mostly steady drizzle, came down to a round of penalty kicks at Blue & Gold Stadium, on November 10. For the second day in a row, a Simsbury soccer team ousted Newtown High from the state playoffs in PKs. A day after the girls were eliminated, Newtown’s Class LL ninth-seeded boys suffered a 2-1 (5-4 in PKs) loss to the No. 24 Trojans in the first round. The Nighthawks scored first, when Elliot Bennett’s shot from the right side slipped through the hands of diving goalkeeper Gabriel Towles, and Jack Oltran was in position to capitalize and deposit the rebound just 4:37 into the second half.

  • Field Hockey Team Wins, Booters Beaten In PKs, And Spikers Fall

    Newtown High School’s field hockey, girls’ soccer, and girls’ volleyball team all battled in state tournament action on Monday, November 9. The field hockey team, seeded 15th in the Class L bracket, blanked No. 18 Amity of Woodbridge 3-0 in a qualifying-round contest, under the lights at Blue & Gold Stadium. Kayla DiSibio, Alison Kelleher, and Shannon Lynch all had second-half goals. Newtown advances to visit No. 2 Conard of West Hartford in the first round, on Wednesday, November 11, beginning at 5 pm.

  • Swim And Dive Team Fourth In Conference Meet

    Sparked by a record-setting performance in the diving portion of the South-West Conference championships by Kari Djonne, Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team placed fourth among ten teams. The diving finals were held at New Fairfield High School on November 4, and the swimming events took place at Masuk High in Monroe on November 7. Newtown scored 308 points. Weston High won the title with 531.5, Pomperaug of Southbury was runner-up with 514, and Brookfield came in third with 383. Host Masuk placed fifth with 259.

  • Nighthawk Football Team Boots New Milford

    Newtown High School’s football team overcame a rare deficit and rolled to a 42-21 victory over visiting New Milford, at Blue & Gold Stadium, on a warm November 6 evening. The Nighthawks retain the Boot Trophy, which the South-West Conference rivals compete for each time they meet. Newtown remains unbeaten at 8-0, and the Green Wave fell to 4-4. Before the game, members of the 1965 Newtown High team were honored as Newtown celebrated 50 years of football. Read more about the game and visit from the former players in the November 13 print edition of The Bee.

  • Nighthawk Runners Fifth In State Open

    Newtown High School’s girls’ cross country team placed fifth in the state open, at Wickham Park in Manchester, on November 6. The Nighthawks’ five fastest finishers totaled a score of 180, as the Hawks edged sixth-place Pomperaug of Southbury (186). Sarah Mawdsley was Newtown’s top runner, placing tenth and completing the course in a time of 19:33. Erin Tressler placed 13th in 19:41.

  • State Tourney Brackets Set For Nighthawks

    Newtown High School’s postseason continues with soccer, field hockey, and volleyball state tournament action, getting underway on Monday, November 9. The NHS girls’ and boys’ soccer teams earned first-round home games, the field hockey team will have home field advantage for a qualifying-round contest, and the girls’ volleyball team will be on the road to begin the state playoffs. Coming off South-West Conference tournament semifinal-round exits, both soccer teams will tangle with squads from Simsbury.

  • Pack Running Key To Nighthawk Cross Country Team Success

    Although cross country may be thought of as one of the more individual athletic activities, there is significant importance to teamwork out on the course. “Team running — pack attack, as it is sometimes called — is very important in cross country training and racing. Obviously if you have a very strong runner you want them to strive to do their best but when you have a group of runners who can feed off of each other, that can make your team most successful,” said Doug Russell, coach of Newtown High School’s girls’ squad. “We’ve been preaching pack running,” said Newtown boys’ team Coach Carl Strait, noting that it serves as a good motivator in practices.