Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ soccer teams earned victories on October 15. The boys scored four second-half goals to blank visiting Kolbe Cathedral of Bridgeport 4-0, at Blue & Gold Stadium, and the girls’ soccer team posted a 7-1 win at Kolbe. The boys’ booters stretched their winning streak to six, and unbeaten run to seven. Omar Rodriquez, Josh Houle, James Carney, and James Cochrane all scored, and Paul O’Leary, Brian Araujo, and Owen Sampson had assists.
Sparked by first-half goals off the sticks of Lauren Zimmerman and Alison Kelleher, Newtown High School’s field hockey team edged visiting Lauralton Hall of Milford 2-1, in a game under the lights at Blue & Gold Stadium, on October 14. In a reunion of former conference rivals, the South-West Conference’s Nighthawks handed the Southern Connecticut Conference’s Crusaders a loss, despite surrendering 19 shots toward the cage. The field hockey team also won on October 13, blanking New Fairfield 3-0. Both of Newtown's soccer teams defeated Stratford on October 13. The boys won 6-1 on the road, and girls prevailed 1-0 at home.
With the postseason drawing closer, Newtown High School’s girls’ swim team members’ times are not dropping like they were early on in the season, but for good reason: Fatigue. “We’ve been doing the hardest work of the season, by far, this week,” Coach Zach Gauvin said after his team earned an 86-74 road win over Stratford, exhibitioning the final four events after securing the team win, on October 9. “We’re getting into that final push into the championship season,” Gauvin said.
Newtown High School’s girls’ cross country team concluded the regular season with wins over three opponents on October 13, to finish the campaign with a 12-1 record and, in the process, earned the South-West Conference’s Colonial Division championship. Newtown beat host Joel Barlow of Redding and Kolbe Cathedral of Bridgeport each by 15-50 scores, and topped Masuk of Monroe 15-47. The boys’ cross country team also swept the competition in the final race, as Newtown edged Barlow 28-30, and beat Kolbe and Masuk both by 15-50 scores. With the team’s top three runners Brenden Reeds, Riley Rising, and Joel Duval all sidelined with injuries, the Nighthawks showed their depth as other team members stepped up.
Newtown High School’s girls’ volleyball team won three of four matches October 7-14, beating Pomperaug of Southbury and Bunnell of Stratford each in five games, falling to Woodstock Academy in three, and blanking Bethel in three. Against Bethel, the Nighthawks won 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-17). Newtown (8-5 overall) will host Immaculate of Danbury on Friday, October 16, starting at 6:30 pm.
Newtown High School’s field hockey team will host Lauralton Hall of Milford on Wednesday, October 14, under the lights at Blue & Gold Stadium, starting at 7 o’clock. Wednesday’s game is Newtown’s Play4TheCure game to raise funds for the National Foundation for Cancer Research. The Nighthawks (5-2-1-1) are coming off a 1-0 overtime loss at Joel Barlow of Redding, on October 10. In their last home game, October 9, the Nighthawks blanked Brookfield 2-0.
Newtown High School’s football team, its 44-13 triumph over visiting Bunnell of Stratford on October 12 making it five straight games with at least 42 points, has spent the season battering the opposition en route to a 5-0 start to the campaign. But the Nighthawks, themselves, are somewhat dinged up, and welcome a week off from game play as they enter into their bye week. “I can’t wait to get healthy here – everyone’s got bumps and bruises,” said Newtown Coach Steve George, who saw two of his running backs, Hunter Cobb and Jared Pearson, get taken out of the game after minor injuries the coach doesn’t expect will hamper them for long.
Members of Newtown High School’s field hockey team went into its game against host Joel Barlow, on October 10, with reason to feel pretty good about themselves. The Nighthawks, coming off a 2-0 blanking of visiting Brookfield the day before, had five wins and a tie under their belts in eight games. The Barlow Falcons, unbeaten to this point, managed to maintain its unscathed ways, but it took overtime to get it done — in a 1-0 edging of the Hawks — providing even more confidence for Newtown’s squad, which stands at 5-2-1-1 (wins, losses, ties, overtime losses).
Newtown High School’s boys’ soccer team scored a 3-0 win at Weston in a South-West Conference clash, on Saturday, October 10. Shane Gattey scored when he hooked in a corner kick, and James Carney and Jack Oltran also hit the back of the net for the soccer team’s fourth straight win, and fifth consecutive game without a loss. Against Weston, goalkeepers Zach Laros and Nick Beourgouis combined to make five saves in the team’s third shutout victory in its last four contests.
Newtown’s Steve Kopcik won Stafford Motor Speedway’s SK Lite Modified division championship, in Stafford Springs, logging just one first-place finish in 22 races this summer, but using that steady (and of course, fast) approach to finish tops in overall points. Kopcik, 17 and in his second year racing in this division, recorded 19 top-five finishes, including 11 straight to close out the race season.