Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS) will benefit from a fundraiser at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard, featuring the United Soccer League’s (USL) New York Red Bull II facing Newtown Pride FC of the Connecticut Soccer League (CSL), on Thursday, July 30, at 7:30 pm. Tickets vary in price, starting at $12, with group and family discounts available. Matt Ariniello, operations, development and partnership for success grant coordinator for NYFS, said this week that tickets for the game are still available.
The 11U Newtown Wildcats finished second in the Cal Ripken Connecticut State tournament last week (July 19-25) to earn a berth at the New England Regional for the 50-70 field, to be held in Dover, New Hampshire starting August 1.The regional clinching game was a thrilling win over Stratford on July 24 in the losers’ bracket final by a score of 12-10.
The Newtown Wolfpack 11/60 team won the Connecticut State Tournament on July 21, earning a place in the New England Regional Tournament beginning August 1 in West Warwick, R.I. Newtown started its pool play on July 18, with a come-from-behind victory over Oxford. Newtown was the host team for the 11/60 CT State Pool Play, with all four games (including New Milford vs Oxford on July 19) taking place at Glander Field 2.
Young football fans will have the opportunity to show off their football skills when NYA Sports & Fitness Center hosts an NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition on Saturday, August 1, at noon. The competition is free and open to all boys and girls ages 6-15.
The Bethel Admirals’ Post 100 American Legion baseball team had a strong season, highlighted by a ten-game winning streak. The 19U Admirals saw their strong season come to an end, in the state playoffs, on July 19. They posted a 21-6 regular season record, finished runner-up behind Waterbury in the Zone 5 standings, and won their state playoff opener, with a 6-3 win over visiting Norwalk, on July 18, before falling 7-4 to Hamden in the next round. The team, which includes players from both Bethel and Newtown, played a truncated schedule — 27 games in just over a month — like the other legion squads.
People are still talking about an incident at a June 29 Senior Babe Ruth baseball game between Newtown and Norwalk that ended abruptly when the Norwalk coach pulled his team from the field. Speculation continues on social media over what exactly transpired and whether or not the issue would be handled appropriately. Newtown Babe Ruth Baseball President Andy Via and Norwalk Coach Jim Coonan, along with Newtown Coach Greg Horne Jr, agree Newtown’s team displayed poor sportsmanship; it has since been dealt with by Via, and the end result was that a Newtown player was ultimately kicked off the team. Via and Coonan also agree that there are some inaccuracies circulating as parents and others in the community speculate about the causes of the incident.
Reagan Cerney’s track career has been full of success — from her days at Newtown High School through her sophomore year — at the Division I level — at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Penn. It’s been chockfull of personal records, championships, and included bouncing back from a bad break — a broken back … sustaining three transverse process fractures to be exact. Cerney was runner-up in the 800 meter race (2:22.11) in her first collegiate meet at the Bison Opener, during her freshman year, and went on to qualify for the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference championships in the 500 meter event.
Newtown Women’s Softball League results from recent action are as follows: My Place 10, Petzercise 6: Jennifer Good hit a three-run home run in the third inning, and Heather Burke pitched a good game, striking out the final batter for the win.
The Post 100 Bethel Admirals U19 American Legion baseball team, which includes players from Newtown, capped off the regular season with a record of 21-6. The Admirals have qualified for the state playoffs, among the top five teams in the zone, which begin on Saturday, July 18. Post 100 finished in second place.
Young athletes Grant Baker, Jordan Conrad, and Michael McCann represent Newtown in the Redding-based Aspetuck Valley Rugby Club, and they recently completed a successful spring season. “They’ve been a great addition to the program,” said Coach Stuart Meyler, who has coached four seasons with the Aspetuck program. “Number one, they’re committed,” said Meyler, adding that participants are encouraged to play other sports, and many juggle lacrosse, soccer, baseball, and other activities with rugby. “We leave it very open,” notes Meyler, adding that the objective is to encourage up-and-coming athletes to get a feel for the game and see if they like it. Despite that flexibility, the Newtown players all made it to practices and games on a regular basis. Baker and Conrad played on the U12 squad, which went 5-2, and McCann competed on the U14 team, which boasted an 8-1 record. They’ve each played for two to three seasons and are strong contributors in matches as well as during practices.