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  • Town Will Create Two New Pickleball Courts

    The men’s voices and laughter carried over the constant paddle smacks against a hollow plastic ball. Rushing the low net on a space smaller than a tennis court at Treadwell Park, Willy Drucker rushed to return a serve from Gavin Preis. They were playing a friendly game of pickleball. “This is a perfect mix of ping pong and tennis,” Mr Drucker said. Partnering with him was Neeraj Kuman, while Mr Preis partnered with Terrell Harris. The foursome played on the fenced court shortly past noon, Wednesday. After another serve and some back and forth until the ball flew out of bounds, Mr Preis had said, “Nice volley.” Earlier that afternoon Assistant Director of Parks Carl Samuelson had said the sport, a court for which was placed at Treadwell Park last year, is “unbelievably popular.”

  • Decathlon Success Runs (And Jumps And Throws) In The Terry Family

    Track and field teams provide an outlet for athletes with varying skills and interests. Runners (including hurdlers), jumpers (including pole vaulters), and throwers each have their niche on the squad, and some versatile competitors participate in a variety of events both on the track and in the field. Then there are those decathletes. The decathlon is such a grueling event — really a series of events — that the winner in the Olympics traditionally has earned the distinction of the world’s greatest athlete. Cole Terry, who is heading into his senior year at Newtown High School, is among the best decathletes in Connecticut, and his success comes from a combination of hard work, skill, determination, and — oh yeah — let’s not forget about dad. Bob Terry, Cole’s father, while at Masuk High in Monroe, won the state decathlon championship in 1983.

  • Samoskevich Named To National Select Team

    Sandy Hook’s Melissa Samoskevich has been named to the United States Women’s National U-22 Select Team, as announced by USA Hockey. The 22 members of the United States U-22 Select Team will face Canada in a three-game series in Lake Placid, New York from August 19 to 22 at the Lake Placid Olympic Center.

  • Junior Legion Squad Won Zone 5 During Successful Summer Season

    The Bethel/Newtown Junior American Legion Admirals’ baseball team’s season was a big success. The 17U squad went 23-3 and won Zone 5 of the American Legion program. It was the first time that the Admirals won the zone championship. The Admirals earned the top seed in the first round of the state tournament. Including additional tournaments and playoffs, the team’s overall record was 28-7.

  • Siblings Have Golden Performances At CrossFit Games

    Two of the fittest teenagers in the world are from Newtown. Siblings Celia and Romy Gold had standout performances in the Reebok CrossFit Games, which brought athletes from all over the world together for three grueling days of competition, at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., July 21–23. Celia, who will be a senior at Newtown High School this coming fall, placed fifth in the 16-17 year old category of the Teenage Division, and Romy, a rising sophomore, was seventh in the 14-15-year old category.

  • Summer Workouts Prepare Nighthawk Football Players For The Grind On The Gridiron

    Football season won’t kick off until September. For Newtown High School’s varsity squad, the regular season opener is set for September 11, when the Nighthawks visit Pomperaug of Southbury. But a lot of what the players are doing during the summer months will contribute to how they perform in games through the end of November and, perhaps, beyond. The ability to get up from a tackle and continue competing, maintain endurance and stamina for play after play during a long game, and to have an overall edge in terms of explosiveness and strength against an opponent might very well be determined in July and August.

  • Black Swan Comes From Behind, Defeats Reach For Softball Title

    Black Swan outslugged Reach 13-10 to claim the Newtown Women’s Softball championship, at Treadwell Park, on August 7. In a back-and-forth game, Black Swan rallied late to pull out the victory. Going into the top of the seventh inning one run down the Swans scored five times, taking the lead on a Melissa Shepard three-run home run. The Swans tacked on two more runs, and a Reach comeback effort fell short. Infielder Katie Schmidt ran down a base runner for the third out. Rose Jackman and Melissa Fracker both hit two run home runs and Laurie Comerford hit a triple for the Swans.

  • Regional Champs! Wildcats Edge Norwalk 6-5 In Title Round

    The Newtown Wildcats capped off an improbable undefeated run through the 11-year-old Cal Ripken 50-70 New England Regional tournament with a 6-5 come-from-behind victory over Norwalk in the championship game, on August 6. The Wildcats ripped through the eight-team double elimination tournament that began on August 1, defeating Hudson, Mass., 11-2, host Dover 12-2, and Connecticut state champion Norwalk 3-2 to advance to the championship for a rematch with Norwalk.

  • Newtown High School Fall Sports Tryouts

    Tryouts for all Newtown High School fall sports teams — with the exception of football — will begin on Thursday, August 27. Football tryouts will begin on Monday, August 17. Follow Newtown High School athletics and get up to date tryout information on Twitter: @nhsathletics. The tryout schedule is subject to change.

  • Regional Champs! Wildcats Edge Norwalk 6-5 In Title Round

    The Newtown Wildcats capped off an improbable undefeated run through the 11-year-old Cal Ripken 50-70 New England Regional tournament with a 6-5 come-from-behind victory over Norwalk in the championship game, on August 6. The Wildcats ripped through the eight-team double elimination tournament that began on August 1, defeating Hudson, Mass., 11-2, host Dover 12-2, and Connecticut state champion Norwalk 3-2 to advance to the championship for a rematch with Norwalk.