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.
Newtown High School’s boys’ track and field team competed in two regular-season meets, as well as the O’Gradys Relays at Danbury High, this past week. The Nighthawks had some strong performances in various events.
Newtown High School’s girls’ track and field team defeated host New Fairfield 119-31, and Masuk of Monroe 110-40, on April 28, to improve to 4-0 this spring. The Nighthawks also placed fifth at the O’Grady’s Relays in Danbury, on April 25.
It’s hard to say which block of matches is most significant for Newtown High School’s boys’ tennis team: A four-match winning streak that unfolded April 13–21, or back-to-back hard-fought setbacks to tough South-West Conference foes Weston and Pomperaug of Southbury, April 25 and 27, respectively. After all, those victories were the team’s first four wins of the campaign, and provided a boost of confidence for the Nighthawks, and the losses came to familiar foes whom the Nighthawks will likely have to try to overcome in the conference tournament; not to mention those squads are providing good tests which should help the Hawks come both conference and state tournament time.
Newtown High School’s girls’ tennis team won four matches in five days to carry a 5-4 record into a scheduled visit to Bethel on April 30. The Nighthawks defeated host Weston 5-2 on April 25, edged host Pomperaug of Southbury 4-3 on April 27, got past visiting Bunnell of Stratford 4-3 the next day, then posted a 6-1 triumph over visiting Stratford on April 29.
The Sandy Hook-based LOF Adaptive Skiers will host its annual Adaptive Water Sports Training Day for volunteers on Saturday, May 30, from 8:30 am to 3 pm, at 90 Housatonic Drive on Lake Zoar. Individuals 16 years of age or older are welcome to join the event, which will provide instruction on new adaptive training techniques, standard safety protocols, best practice, and working with individuals with disabilities on the water, and is essential to ensure staff and volunteers are prepared. Registration is required, and must be done by May 15.