Newtown High School’s boys’ golf team came very close, but fell by one stroke in a May 5 visit to Pomperaug of Southbury at Heritage Village Country Club. Newtown shot a 171 and the host Panthers fired a 170 to eke out the win. Newtown’s Bubba LeBlanc and Pomperaug’s John VanDerLaan — the top golfers for both teams — each shot a 38 at the par 36 course. Newtown’s No. 2, Colin Patrick, shot a 44, Vivek Tedla shot a 48, Josh Houle had a 47, and Graham Hubbert fired a 42.
Renee Wilson, owner of Total Performance Sports and Fitness at 31 Peck’s Lane, is hosting a series of Bootcamp workouts to benefit Hawley School teacher Stephanie Dunshee, who is undergoing cancer treatment. Bootcamp sessions are ongoing through June 2. One-hour sessions will be offered Mondays and Wednesdays beginning at 9:30 am, and 4:30 and 6:30; Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm. On the weekends, 75-minute classes will be offered. These will begin on Saturdays at 8 am and 1 pm; and Sundays at 2 pm. Sessions are $10 each ($5 for Total Fitness members), or $60 for a package of ten sessions ($30 members).
Newtown High School’s softball team took advantage of ten walks to make the most of only four hits in defeating host Joel Barlow of Redding 8-3 on April 23. The Nighthawks then dropped both ends of a double header against Pomperaug of Southbury at Treadwell Park on April 28. Newtown carried a 4-5 overall record into the middle of the week.
Newtown High School’s boys’ golf team continued its unbeaten season with wins over host Notre Dame-Fairfield on April 24 and visiting New Milford on April 28. The Nighthawks improved to 8-0 overall. Against Notre Dame, at Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course, Newtown shot a 154 to the Lancers shot a 177. Vivek Tedla and Graham Hubbert both shot a 38, Brian LeBlanc and Colin Patrick each shot a 39, and Josh Houle shot a 41. In the win over New Milford, at Rock Ridge Country Club, Newtown shot a 156 and the Green Wave had a 175.
Newtown High School’s baseball team won four of its last five games heading into the month of May to climb into the state playoff picture. Newtown, after an 0-5 start to the campaign, quickly got half the wins it needs to extend the season into the state bracket. The Nighthawks, thanks to this possible season turning point, need just four victories in their last ten contests to qualify. The Hawks split an April 28 doubleheader with Pomperaug of Southbury, at Fairfield Hills, losing the opener 5-1 and pulling out an eight-inning 8-6 victory in the nightcap to improve to 4-6 overall.
Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ tennis teams both picked up victories this past week, with the squads defeating Bethel and Brookfield, and falling to Weston. Maureen Maher, coach of the girls, has been pleased with her new-look team this spring. The two-time South-West Conference champions lost eight players between graduation, moves out of town, and players not returning, but that hasn’t prevented success.