If Newtown High School’s boys’ soccer season shakes out as expected, the offense will be as balanced as the team’s roster, meaning scoring will come from numerous sources. Coach Brian Neumeyer notes that the Nighthawks won’t hang their hat on one or two go-to players, and that he has a good group of juniors and seniors who should help provide success this year.
It’s always a tough pill to swallow when teams are eliminated from the playoffs. Even harder for Newtown High School’s girls’ soccer team was not qualifying for one of the postseason tourneys last fall. Newtown Coach Marc Kenney notes that his team’s absence in the South-West Conference bracket marked the first time in the program the Nighthawks failed to get into the SWC dance. Kenney believes his team needs to be tougher — both physically and mentally — to do more this season.
Coming off a season that featured six team record-setting performances, a runner-up finish in the South-West Conference championship meet, and the program’s best-ever performance in the state open, Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team is again looking to be in the mix among the best in the conference and state. Last year, Newtown went 9-1 in the regular season, falling only to eventual SWC champion Pomperaug of Southbury. The Nighthawks were fifth in the Class LL state championships, and 11th in the state open. Newtown’s 173 points were the most the program has scored in its history in the state open.
The three-time South-West Conference champion Newtown High School football team is looking forward to continuing its run of success in conference play as the 2015 campaign kicks off. Newtown’s season opens with a Friday, September 11, visit to Pomperaug of Southbury, beginning at 6 pm. Coach Steve George notes that the SWC is full of competitive squads, including Joel Barlow of Redding, Brookfield — which Newtown bested in last year’s title game — Masuk of Monroe, and New Fairfield.
Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue’s 28th Annual George & Timothy Powell Golf Tournament, which serves as a fundraiser for the company, will be on Monday, September 28. The tournament will be played Newtown Country Club. Registration is $125 per golfer. This includes breakfast at the Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue main station beginning at 7:30 am, 18 holes of golf with a cart, and dinner at the country club, including three-hour open bar (beer and wine). There will also be trophies and cash prizes, and a raffle with many different items up for bid.
Sandy Hook’s Kevin Boughan was the first across the finish line in the 10th Annual Newtown Road Race 5K, which started and finished at Dickinson Park, on September 5. Boughan, 39, finished the race in a time of 16:52. “I saw that Kevin Hoyt wasn’t on the line so I knew I had a chance this year,” said Boughan, who was runner-up to running standout Hoyt at last year’s event. But Boughan is no stranger to road race success; not this year. Boughan, who started running only five years ago, has won a handful of races, including the Sandy Hook 5K.
The Sandy Hook-based LOF Adaptive Skiers invites the community to participate in a one-of-kind waterski event to benefit people with disabilities. Dam Buster, an 11- and 22-mile Waterski-A-Thon, runs from the Shepaug Dam to Stevenson Dam. The event is Saturday, September 12, on Lake Zoar from 9 am to noon. Visit the website at LOFadaptiveskiers.org or call 203-426-0666.
The Rotary Club of Newtown will present The Jim Osborne Memorial Golf Classic at Tashua Knolls Golf Club on Monday, September 14. The event will feature a BBQ lunch, shotgun scramble followed by dinner and cocktails, along with a live auction and raffle.
As the beginning of another football season gets set to kick off and Newtown High School players strap on the pads and lace up the cleats with postseason success again on their minds, it’s also a time to reflect on the start of the program — and its rich history, including significant changes throughout the decades. This fall campaign, which gets underway with a September 11 visit to South-West Conference foe Pomperaug of Southbury, beginning at 6 pm, marks the 50th year of varsity football at Newtown High. Just about the only thing that’s remained the same in the past half century’s worth of seasons is the standard 11-player-per-side configuration and the use of a pigskin to score touchdowns. Equipment has changed; the team name is different (going from Indians to Nighthawks); the home field — Blue & Gold Stadium — is in a different location (the original spot was Taylor Field, behind Hawley School on Church Hill Road).
Athletes ranging in age from preteens to 60-somethings were on the courts at Treadwell Park getting a fun-filled taste of an unfamiliar yet intriguing game, on September 1: They were learning and playing a scaled down variation of tennis known as pickleball. “I like it. It’s exactly what I expected it to be,” said John Duval, who paired with another adult, Brie Blodgett, and played an abbreviated contest against Jennifer Arnold and their much younger pickleball newcomer, 12-year-old Jackson Harrington. “It’s a blown-up version of ping pong, or a scaled-down version of tennis, or badminton — or a combination of all three,” added Duval.