Sure, the Nighthawks didn’t win, but they put in quite an effort and were fairly pleased with earning a scoreless tie with visiting Weston in the first game of a Newtown High School soccer doubleheader at Blue & Gold Stadium on September 27 (the boys’ squad followed with a 1-1 tie against Weston in the nightcap). “We were happy about the tie because they’re a good team — we know they’ve played well so far,” senior captain Brenna Kelly said. “We had some good effort.” Including a goal-line save by defender Marissa Thill, midway through the second half, to help goalkeeper Alyssa Ruefenacht (eight saves) earn Newtown’s half of the double shutout along with Weston keeper Ursula Alwang (seven stops).
Coming off a 2-0 win over visiting Bethel on September 26, Newtown High School’s boys’ soccer team had a quick turnaround and a fast start — including a goal by Clay Gattey, assisted by Blake Jarvis, only 8:30 into the match — when Weston came to Blue & Gold Stadium the next night. Unfortunately for the Nighthawks, that was their only net-finder despite more than double the chances Weston manufactured. The Trojans scored late to salvage a 1-1 tie. It was a disappointing outcome for the Hawks, who stood at 2-3-2 this season following a game they thought they should have won.
Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team continues to perform at a high level and break records. The Nighthawks set two pool records in relay events in a September 19 win over Weston, and diver Kari Djonne broke both her own team record and the pool mark during a 96-82 win over visiting New Fairfield on September 30. Djonne’s dive during the win over New Fairfield scored 279.45 points as part of Newtown’s one-two-three outcome on the diving board.
Newtown High School’s boys’ and girls’ cross country teams both defeated host Joel Barlow of Redding and Kolbe Cathedral of Bridgeport in races on September 30. The boys beat Barlow 21-40 and topped Kolbe 15-50. Kyle Mangold outkicked Barlow’s Ben Ruffing for his first career individual win as the Nighthawks improved to 7-3 this fall.
Heading into an October 1 game against Masuk of Monroe, the field hockey team had dropped two straight one-goal contests — a 2-1 game at New Milford on September 26 and a 1-0 setback at Weston on September 30. The Nighthawks toppled Masuk 7-0 at Blue & Gold Stadium to improve to 5-4. Newtown's volleyball team, coming off a win over Kolbe Cathedral and losses to Masuk and Brookfield, also began the season with a 5-4 mark.
Newtown High School’s football team, for the third consecutive week to begin the season, put up nearly 50 points en route to an easy triumph. The Nighthawks, in their September 26 home opener, toppled Pomperaug of Southbury, 49-3 before a packed house at Blue & Gold Stadium. After scoring 47 points in each of their first two contests, the Hawks had 35 by halftime – 29 of which came in the second quarter – in their third (no) contest. Leading the Panthers just 6-0 after one quarter of play – on Jared Pearson’s two-yard scoring run – the Hawks seized complete control of the game in the second.
Newtown High School’s cross country teams visited Weston to take on the host Trojans, as well as New Fairfield, on September 23. The girls’ squad defeated Weston 17-41 and fell to New Fairfield 32-24. The girls’ record is 6-2. The boys had a pair of close outcomes as they defeated New Fairfield 26-31 and lost 29-28 to Weston, and are now 5-3.
Newtown High School’s girls’ volleyball team earned a 3-0 (25-17, 25-12, 25-19) victory over visiting Bethel on September 19, then hosted and defeated New Milford 3-1 (19-.25, 25-11, 25-14, 25-16) on September 22, before blanking host Kolbe Cathedral of Bridgeport 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-17) on September 24. With the wins, the Nighthawks improved to 5-2 overall. Against Bethel, Alexa Reilly had five service aces; Kyle Dandrea compiled eight aces, 11 kills, and four digs; Molly McCoy had four aces; and Clara Whaley had four kills and three digs in the win. In the New Milford match, Dandrea compiled 15 kills and five digs; Whaley had 14 kills and four digs; and Jamie Calandro had seven aces, six kills, and ten digs.
On Saturday, September 27, Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ soccer teams will host Weston at Blue & Gold Stadium — the girls at 5 pm and the boys at 7 pm. The Newtown program will celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the school’s 2004 state champions at halftime of the boys’ game.