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.
Newtown High School’s baseball team blanked host Brookfield 3-0 on April 23, then doubled up visiting Bunnell of Stratford 4-2, at Fairfield Hills on April 27 before posting a 5-2 win at Immaculate of Danbury the next day. In the win at Brookfield, the Nighthawks scored all of their runs in the top of the seventh inning. They mustered only four hits; the Bobcats committed five errors. Nick Lotrecchiano had a hit and a run batted in, and Jaret DeVellis drove in a run. Jason Hebner pitched four innings of four-hit ball; he struck out two batters and walked a pair. Andrew Ross allowed five hits in three shutout innings, walking one and striking out two along the way.
Clinging to a 4-2 lead as play began in the second half, Newtown High School’s boys’ lacrosse team seized control and pulled away for a 10-3 win at South-West Conference rival Weston, on April 28. Goaltender Tommy Elliot made one of his eight saves moments into the third quarter to help the Nighthawks maintain their two-goal advantage, which the Hawks promptly built on.