Newtown High School’s girls’ volleyball team won its fourth consecutive match, each coming in the minimum three games, in a September 28 visit to Masuk of Monroe. The Nighthawks won 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-20) to improve to 4-2 overall. In game two, with a chance to even things, Masuk jumped out to a 4-1 lead, but the Nighthawks battled back and went ahead by as many as eight points. Molly McCoy had a kill and Jamie Calandro’s service ace helped the Nighthawks pull away. The host Panthers pulled to within four at 21-17, but the Nighthawks didn’t let their opponents get any closer and McCoy closed out the game with a kill.
Newtown High School’s football team overcame a shaky start and a tough Brookfield squad to pull away in the third quarter and roll to a 42-14 road win, on September 25. The Nighthawks didn’t manage a first down until the final five minutes of the opening half but, once the Hawks started moving the chains, the first downs – and touchdowns – kept coming. The Nighthawks, after surrendering the first score of the game, reeled off six consecutive touchdowns as the defense thwarted Brookfield’s attack and the offense became unstoppable. Newtown found the end zone three times in the third quarter to pull away after leading 14-7 at halftime.
Despite compiling ten penalty corners and 11 shots toward the cage in the opening half, while holding visiting nonconference foe Watertown without any corners, or chances for that matter, Newtown High School’s field hockey team was locked up in a scoreless tie in a September 21 game at Treadwell Park. Maybe the halftime break and a little pep talk was all the Nighthawks needed to flip the switch from near miss to can’t miss. They scored on their first chance of the second half, and again off their first penalty corner after the intermission, and pulled away for a 4-0 triumph.
Newtown High School’s boys’ soccer team shook off a rough opener to put together a hard-fought winning streak — three straight one-goal victories — heading into a Thursday, September 24 visit to New Milford, beginning at 6 pm. After a 3-1 loss at New Fairfield on September 11, the Nighthawks pulled out a 3-2 victory over Brookfield on September 15, a 2-1 edging of host Bunnell of Stratford on September 17, and a 1-0 blanking of visiting Weston, at Blue & Gold Stadium, on September 21.
For most soccer teams, protecting a slim lead for less than ten minutes might not seem like all that much time. But when Newtown’s Sarah Houle banged home a shot off the goal post with about eight minutes to play, the time between the goal and the final whistle probably seemed like an eternity for the Nighthawks. Newtown preserved a 1-0 win over Bunnell of Stratford, at Treadwell Park, on September 17. It marked the third time in as many games to start the season that the Hawks struck late to break a tie to score a victory; the first two came in the final half minute and two-plus minutes of regulation, respectively, making Houle’s second game-decider of the fall seem far less dramatic than her first winner — when she lifted Newtown to a 3-2 win over New Fairfield with only seconds remaining — as well as Alana Murray’s late-game clincher in a 3-2 win over Brookfield in game two.
Coming off a pair of defeats to FCIAC and state powerhouse programs St Joseph of Trumbull and Darien, Newtown High School’s girls’ volleyball team was staring at a very real possibility of falling to 0-3 to start the campaign. South-West Conference rival Joel Barlow of Redding visited on September 18, and the Nighthawks stepped up their game for a 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-22) triumph. It’s too early for a team to have a must-win match, or is it? “We needed it. We definitely needed it for team morale,” Newtown Coach Tom Czaplinski said. Newtown continued its winning ways with a 3-0 (25-9, 25-7, 25-20) triumph over visiting Kolbe Cathedral of Bridgeport, on September 21.
Organizers of Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue’s 28th Annual George & Timothy Powell Golf Tournament announce that there are still openings for players and sponsors. The tournament, which serves as a fundraiser for the company, will be on Monday, September 28. It will be played Newtown Country Club, 1 Country Club Road.
Running any sort of race is an accomplishment. A marathon, now that’s a big achievement. How about seven marathons? No, not in a lifetime — in seven days! That’s what Newtown’s Bruce Goulart did recently, completing Mainly Marathon’s New England Series in late August. Phew, now that that’s over with. … Actually, for Goulart, 65, this wasn’t a one-time (seven-in-one-time?) thing. It wasn’t that he lost a wager or had a “bet you can’t do that” dare from somebody. For Goulart, running (a lot) is just a serious hobby.
Newtown Youth Basketball registration for the 2015-16 season is underway, and open through October 15, but $25 a late fee will be assessed after September 30. Registration is limited and on a first come, first served basis; no changes made to rosters once set.
Newtown High school’s football team cashed in on four consecutive drives that began in Notre Dame-Fairfield territory to the tune of a 28-point second quarter on its way to a 45-7 win in the home opener, at Blue & Gold Stadium, on September 18. The Nighthawks, who blanked Pomperaug of Southbury 42-0 in week one, held the Lancers off the scoreboard until late in the fourth quarter. It was 42-0 at halftime; one week after Newtown built a 35-0 bulge by the intermission.