Last year, it went to Waterbury and upset one of the city’s Naugatuck Valley League representatives, Crosby High School, in the first round of the Class LL state tournament. This year, Newtown High School’s boys’ basketball team couldn’t duplicate the David defeats Goliath performance. The Nighthawks, seeded 22nd in the LL bracket, fell 65-40 to No. 11 Kennedy in the March 11 tourney opener. Kennedy, which went 16-4 in the regular season, moved on to play No. 6 Ledyard in the second round. Newtown, coming off a 12-8 regular slate, is done for the season – one that was highlighted by a strong stretch to pull the team out of an 0-4 start and into the ranks to the teams with winning marks.
The mantra heading into the Division III state tournament opener, at Danbury Ice Arena on March 10, was that the Nighthawks needed to come out strongly and avoid being flat to bounce back from a tough overtime loss in the conference championship only a few nights earlier. “The message was ‘we need to have energy. The first 15 minutes is the most important,” Newtown Coach Paul Esposito said.
Newtown High School’s hockey team, coming off a runner-up finish in the conference championship tilt, will go after the Division III state title, beginning with a first-round game on Monday, March 10. The Nighthawks, seeded second in the bracket, will face a familiar foe, No. 15 Joel Barlow of Redding, at Danbury Ice Arena. The puck is scheduled to drop at 5:30 pm. Newtown defeated conference rival Barlow twice during the regular season.
Newtown High School’s boys’ swimming and diving team got third place in the South-West Conference championships, earning 316 points to overcome Weston, which scored 313. The swimming events unfolded at Masuk High on March 7, two days after the diving competition took place at New Fairfield High School. Pomperaug of Southbury, with 640 points, won the 11-team championship, and Brookfield (436) was second.
Both regular-season meetings were defensive battles that went into overtime, so it was only fitting that with the conference championship on the line the Newtown High School and New Fairfield-Immaculate of Danbury hockey teams needed extra time to decide things once again. In the end, it was second-seeded New Fairfield-Immaculate which came out on top, earning a 2-1 victory over the top-seeded Nighthawks in the March 7 Southern Connecticut/ South-West Conference Division III title game at Bennett Rink.
Newtown High School’s hockey team, the top seed in the Southern Connecticut/ South-West Conference Division III tournament, will challenge No. 2 New Fairfield Immaculate of Danbury for the trophy on Friday, March 7. The game time, originally 6 pm, as reported in the March 7 print edition of The Bee, was changed by conference officials after deadline. The game is now slated to begin at 8 pm and will take place, as originally planned, at West Haven’s Bennett Rink.
He may “only” be a freshman, but Newtown High School wrestler Anthony Falbo already has Class LL and State Open weight division championships under his belt. Sure, wrestling is perhaps the one and only physical athletic competition that offers a consistently equal playing field for head-to-head competitors because of the weight classes, but Falbo’s achievement is particularly impressive — as if a State Open crown isn’t enough for any athlete — because of where he falls in the lineup.
Newtown High School’s gymnastics team competed in the Class L state championships at Pomperaug High School in Southbury on March 1. The Nighthawks, with 128.875 points, placed sixth among eight schools. Southington, with 138.375 points, won the championship.
Newtown High School Baseball Coach Matt Memoli will run an April Vacation Baseball Academy, during the week of April 14-18, for players ages 7-14. The program will be split into middle school and a youth baseball sessions.
Are your children interested in soccer? There is still time to sign up for the Newtown Soccer Club’s recreation program. The Newtown Soccer Club has openings for new players ages U4 through U14 for the coming spring recreation season.