The Newtown High School girls’ basketball team ensured that it will continue its season once the regular campaign is complete by clinching a Class LL state playoff berth. The Nighthawks did so by earning their eighth win of the season in a 41-20 triumph over visiting Weston on February 6. Newtown held a 16-2 lead after one quarter of play, and went ahead 28-6 at halftime before cruising past its winless foes. Cassie Ekstrom had a dozen points as nine Nighthawks registered at least one point. Haley Ryan who, along with Ekstrom, sank a pair of 3-pointers, added six points. Eliza Eggleston had five, and Mali Klorczyk, Caroline Chocholak, and Mary Joe Rossi all scored four. Micaela Nowacki had three points, Kelly Merrick scored two, and Lauren Wilcox added one.
Newtown High School’s hockey team members hope to get some extra ice time in March with runs deep in the conference and state playoffs. For now, they’re getting more shots, saves, and hits thanks to overtime games in the regular season. The Nighthawks played in their fifth overtime battle of the campaign — a tilt that ended in a scoreless deadlock with host New Fairfield-Immaculate of Danbury — at Danbury Ice Arena on February 8. Newtown is 2-0-3 in OT battles.
Newtown High School senior Jenna Calandro earned the Class LL state title in the pole vault event by clearing the bar with a height of 11 feet, seven inches in the championship meet at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven on February 8. It may have been a little short of Calandro’s school indoor track record-setting 12-foot-3 effort but it was enough to beat out her closest competitor by more than a foot. And, what’s more, it set a Class LL championship record.
The Newtown and Joel Barlow high school hockey teams will play their first annual Warrior Cup game on Thursday, February 13. The game will be played at Danbury Ice Arena at 5:30 pm. It was originally to have been played on February 5 but snow postponed it. Both teams are joining forces to raise funds to support the Wounded Warrior Project.
The Sandy Ground Project was established by the New Jersey Fireman’s Benevolent Association last year. Its mission is to build 26 playgrounds along the coast of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut in towns hit by Hurricane Sandy. Each playground honors and and provides a lasting memory of the 26 children and teachers who lost their lives on December 14, 2012. Milford will be the location of one of those playgrounds, to be built in memory of James Mattioli. James was a 6-year old who was among the children killed on 12/14. His playground is scheduled to be built on March 15, with a ribbon cutting planned for March 22. That same morning, a 5K run/walk and kids fun run/obstacle course will be help to help cover the costs of the Milford playground.
After losing a 52-49 double-overtime thriller at Joel Barlow of Redding on January 31, the Newtown High School girls’ basketball team got back on track, beating the visiting New Milford Green Wave, 43-36, in a very important late-season game, on February 4. Newtown was led by Sarah Lynch who had 19 points and also led the team with three steals. Cassie Ekstrom contributed to the win by bringing down 11 rebounds. Mali Klorczyk gave the team a spark after hitting back to back 3-pointers and tacking on a couple more clutch buckets.
Another game, another close outcome – a fifth straight hard-fought win for the Newtown High School boys' basketball team. The Nighthawks used a wild fourth-quarter outburst to go on a 27-15 run to overcome host New Milford for a 71-62 win on February 4. Newtown earned its fifth straight victory to improve to 9-5 overall and 7-1 in South-West Conference play. New Milford fell to 4-10 overall (1-8 in SWC action). Ten of Newtown's 14 games have been decided by nine or fewer points, including a 58-56 nail-biter win over Joel Barlow of Redding in its previous tilt, another game in which a late rally made the difference. Newtown finished that contest with a 20-8 scoring run to eek out the victory. All things considered, the New Milford game was a lopsided affair for a Newtown team that has been involved in five games decided by four points or less.
Newtown High School’s gymnastics team scored 127.6 points to tie host New Milford and defeat Weston (113.4) on February 4. The Nighthawks were led by strong performances across the board. Elisha Wilson scored an 8.0 on the vault, an 8.9 on the uneven bars, and an 8.65 on the balance beam. Anna Jannott scored an 8.15 on the vault and an 8.45 on the beam.
Newtown High School’s dance and cheerleading squads took home South-West Conference championships on February 1. The girls put their best foot forward – collectively –to work together and stand out among the best in the conference in their home gymnasium. Both championships took place at Newtown High School. The dance squad showed tremendous versatility and skill by winning not only its second consecutive SWC hip hop championship, but also the jazz routine title.
Newtown High School’s indoor track and field teams had strong showings at the South-West Conference championships at the Floyd Little Athletic Center on February 1. The girls’ squad placed fifth among 14 school squads with 40 points, and the boys were sixth among 13 teams with 32 points. Weston’s girls’ squad was first with 105 points, and New Fairfield led the boys with 86. Amy Anyoha took home the title in the shot put event, and Jenna Calandro was first in the pole vault competition to lead the Newtown girls. Among the boys’ team highlights were runner-up finishes by the 4x200 meter relay team and long jumper Kevin Gorman.