Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ track and field squads participated in the Class LL state championships, at New Britain’s Willow Brook Park, on June 2. The girls placed fifth, with 43.25 points, among 22 schools to score; Staples of Westport, with 84, won the competition. In the boys’ meet, Newtown was 16th with 12 points; Ridgefield scored 102 to claim first place.
Nothing, not even chilly-for-the-season, damp conditions, could stop Newtown High School’s first-year varsity girls’ golf team from having its moment in the South-West Conference sun, on June 2. The Nighthawks, behind the top overall golfer, as well as the third-place competitor in the field, captured the conference championship at Orange Hills Country Club. Newtown shot a 414, and runner-up Joel Barlow of Redding had a 435 as the teams competed for 18 holes under an on-and-off rainfall. Sarah Houle took home medalist honors by firing an 86, and teammate Molly Wilson was third with a 94. Halle Wilson shot a 111, and Liz Weisgerber and Brenna Kelly each shot a 123.
Newtown High School’s tennis, baseball, and softball teams, on June 2, had their state tournament contests postponed by rain for a second straight day. Action is scheduled to resume on Wednesday, June 3. The girls’ tennis team is slated to visit Fairfield Ludlowe at noon. Newtown’s boys’ tennis players have been eliminated from the tournament’s singles and doubles brackets, which were put on hold on June 2. On the fields, the baseball team will try again with New Milford visiting for a 3:30 pm first pitch, and the softball team hopes to welcome Glastonbury for a 4 pm start. The second and quarterfinal rounds have been pushed back a day.
Weather is impacting the start of state tournament play for some of Newtown High School’s teams, along with many others in Connecticut. The Newtown boys’ tennis team members are competing in the Class LL singles and doubles brackets. Play began at Hall High School in West Hartford on May 30 and was to have continued the next day, but got bumped to Monday, June 1, because of rain, and moved to Yale University — rain or shine. The girls' tennis team had its visit to Fairfield Ludlowe postponed from June 1 to June 2. Both the baseball and softball teams had home contests washed out on June 1.
The LOF Adaptive Skiers will host its third annual Lake-to-Lake Charity Bicycle Ride on Sunday, June 28. The ride starts at the Shepaug Dam Eagle Observatory and Recreation Area, on River Road in Southbury. Online registration is $35, and no additional fundraising is required. Registration is free for ages 14 and under. The ride includes 100-, 75- and 50-kilometer options for riders. A 25K route has been designed for families, and a 16K option is available for disabled cyclists. All proceeds will help fund adaptive sports programs for LOF Adaptive Skiers, based in Sandy Hook.
Treadwell Park was bustling with energetic lacrosse players throughout the day, on May 30. The park’s three fields – the Treadwell turf, grass, and Tilson surfaces – hosted the tenth annual Rooster Rumble, a lacrosse tournament for girls in grades seven and eight. Teams from as far away as West Hartford, Cheshire, Southington, Darien, and Weston, and as nearby as Trumbull, Easton, and Redding, came to town for round-robin pool play and participated in a minimum of four games. Newtown fielded a trio of the 20 squads in the event.
Newtown High School’s girls’ tennis team advanced in Class L state tournament play, and the boys’ squad began Class LL tourney action, on May 30. The girls’ team, seeded 15th, edged No. 18 Simsbury 4-3 in the qualifying round, at Newtown High. With the win, the Nighthawks earn a trip to second-seeded and defending champion Fairfield Ludlowe in the first round, on June 1, beginning at 3 pm. The boys’ tournament, at Hall High in West Hartford, features singles and doubles brackets, and four of Newtown’s singles players and two NHS doubles teams were in action.
Last year was supposed to be the year, but this campaign turned out to be the one for Newtown High School’s boys’ golf team. The Nighthawks surprised defending champion Pomperaug of Southbury, and the rest of the field, to claim the South-West Conference championship at Danbury’s Ridgewood Country Club, on May 29. The Nighthawks shot 322 and the Panthers shot a 336. “It’s an unbelievable feeling to win this thing,” Newtown Coach Bill Flood said. “This was a total team effort today.” Last spring, Flood’s team was edged by Pomperaug by just one stroke for its only regular-season setback, and had confidence going into the conference championship match, but settled for a runner-up finish. “We thought we had the best chance last year,” Flood admitted. Juniors Colin Patrick and Josh Houle, consistently among the top golfers in the conference, shot a 78 and 80, respectively, to lead the Hawks in the SWC championship.
The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference has posted state tournament seedings and brackets for softball, baseball, and boys’ lacrosse. Newtown High School’s boys’ lacrosse team will start state playoff action on the road, and the softball and baseball teams will get underway at home. Two of the three games feature matchups with South-West Conference rivals.
Newtown High School’s boys’ lacrosse team put together an amazing comeback effort to turn what seemed like a sure loss into a near victory, ultimately falling 12-11, in overtime, to host Barlow of Redding in the May 28 South-West Conference Division I championship game. The fourth-seeded Nighthawks scored the final goal of the third quarter and all six net-finders in the fourth, culminating with a Brad Kretz tally which was set up by Jared Pearson with just 10 seconds to go.