Newtown High School’s tennis, golf, baseball, and softball teams continued winning ways with victories to cap the first week of May. The girls’ tennis squad extended its winning streak to eight matches with a 5-2 victory over New Fairfield on May 6 and a 7-0 triumph over New Milford the next day. The Nighthawks improved to 9-4 overall as they head into their final three matches of the campaign. On the boys’ courts, the Nighthawks made it five wins in a row by also defeating New Fairfield and New Milford on the same days. On the baseball diamond, the Hawks blasted visiting Stratford 15-2 in a game at Fairfield Hills on May 6. The Night-hawks outscored four opponents 58-6 en route to extending their winning streak to seven. The softball team got back to its high-scoring/strong pitching winning ways in a 16-2, six-inning run-rule victory at Immaculate of Danbury on May 5.
When the baseball game ended the scoreboard told the story: 13-0. Another lopsided outing; this one two days after an 11-1 blowout. What to do? Newtown High School Coach Matt Memoli decided having his team members run laps around the field against set times as he clocked them with a stopwatch was in order. This wasn’t punishment for losses. Oh, no. In fact, Newtown was on the winning end of both of those one-sided games — the 11-run outburst at Weston on April 29, followed by the baker’s dozen eruption in a triumph over visiting Kolbe Cathedral of Bridgeport on May 1.
Newtown High School’s girls’ track and field squad defeated each of the three schools it hosted at Blue & Gold Stadium on May 5. The Nighthawks defeated Bunnell of Stratford 94.5-55.5, Brookfield 122-28, and Notre Dame-Fairfield 140-10 and improved to 7-0 this spring.
Newtown High School’s boys’ track and field team defeated three opponents in a meet at Blue & Gold Stadium on May 4. Newtown defeated Notre Dame-Fairfield 114-17; Brookfield 84-66; and Bunnell of Stratford 81-69.
Newtown High School’s boys’ lacrosse team carried a five-game winning streak, and an 8-2 overall record, into a scheduled May 7 visit to New Fairfield, at 4 pm. The winning ways have included a trio of nail-biting one-goal contests, including two this past week. Matt Meyers played a role in each goal the Nighthawks scored against visiting New Milford, on April 30. And it was just enough. Meyers registered four goals and assisted on four others in an 8-7 win over Newtown’s South-West Conference rivals. In a nonconference clash with Guilford, on May 2, host Newtown prevailed 9-8. In a return to SWC action, the Nighthawks earned a 12-5 win at Masuk of Monroe on May 5.
First-season struggles, growing pains … time to build? None of this applies to the first-year Newtown High School varsity girls’ golf team. The Nighthawks are playing like seasoned golfers, easily winning each of their first five matches of the campaign. It doesn’t hurt that the team members do have some experience on the course. They practiced as a club squad last year, and competed in some junior varsity matches.
Near the start of its meeting on Tuesday, April 21, the Board of Education held a “celebration of excellence” to honor the Newtown High School wrestling team.
NHS Athletic Director Gregg Simon introduced the wrestling team to the board, and said, “I’ve been involved with athletics at the high school for the last 25 years, so I think I can say with certainty that this is the most successful team in the history of Newtown High School.”
Mr Simon outlined the team’s recent accomplishments, which included winning the South-West Conference, Class LL championships, and the State Open championships, finishing second at the New England championships, and being named the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Team of the Year.
They finished a 5K race, but the competition was only just beginning for about 50 athletes who were among those to participate in the first charity Wingathlon, which started and finished at the Fairfield Hills campus on May 2. The duathlon continued with a 26K cycle and concluded with another 5K run. Hustling to their bikes, competitors quickly got their helmets on and pedaled off, back out of the Fairfield Hills campus and onto surrounding streets before returning to do the 5K run all over again. This race was part of a morning-long event, which also included a Family 5K Run/Walk, to raise money for Dylan’s Wings of Change, a foundation established to honor the life of Dylan Hockley.
Newtown High School’s baseball and softball teams both extended winning streaks to five games with victories at home over Kolbe Cathedral of Bridgeport, on May 1. The baseball squad scored a 13-0 triumph, and the softball team posted a 6-2 victory. The teams each earned lopsided wins over Weston on the road, on April 29. Coach Matt Memoli’s hardball lineup earned an 11-1 triumph, and Coach Bob Guererra’s softball lineup won 9-2.
The First Annual Newtown Wingathlon, to benefit Dylan’s Wings of Change, will take place on the morning of Saturday, May 2. Travelers can expect delays and some road closures between the hours of 8 am and noon, in and around Fairfield Hills and southern Newtown, and are asked to be aware of and watch out for runners and bicyclists.