Newtown High School’s Lauren Russo tied for fifth in the track and field State Open, at Willowbrook Park, in New Britain, on June 8. Russo pole vaulted 10 feet, and qualified for the New England championships, set to take place in Saco, Maine, on June 13. The Nighthawks had some other notable performances in various events.
Sandy Hook-based LOF Adaptive Skiers is inviting area residents to participate or volunteer as the organization enters its 2015 season. LOF hosts adaptive water sports events teaching waterskiing and wakeboarding for children, adults, and veterans with disabilities or special needs. “Our clinics are personal, professional, fun, safe, and designed to enhance independence, confidence and physical fitness through adaptive water sports,” said LOF Executive Director Joel Zeisler. “Whether you’re new to adaptive water sports or a seasoned athlete, you can expect quality programs from great instructors tailored to help you meet and exceed your goals,” Mr Zeisler said.
Newtown Parks and Recreation Department and NYA Sports & Fitness Center announce the Mad Dash Adventure Race will be held on Saturday, June 13, at Fairfield Hills, with the first flight commencing at 8:30 am. The fourth annual Mad Dash offers the ultimate in fitness adventure in which participants run, jump, crawl, carry, and climb their way through the scenic Fairfield Hills Campus, utilizing both its natural topography as well as manmade structures. This fun but challenging course includes physical challenges, running, and skilled events.
Newtown High School’s softball team saw its state playoff run end in 3-2 loss to host Darien, in the Class LL quarterfinals, on June 5. The sixth-seeded Nighthawks couldn’t overcome a 3-0 deficit despite putting some pressure on the third-seeded Blue Wave by scoring twice in the fifth inning and putting the potential tying run on base in the seventh.
This was a tough loss for Newtown Coach Bob Guererra and company to take given the Darien benefitted from miscues in the field to score each of its runs.
It’s on to the Class LL state tournament quarterfinals for Newtown High School’s softball team. The sixth-seeded Nighthawks defeated No. 11 Westhill of Stamford 7-2 in the second round, at Newtown High, on June 4. With the win, the Nighthawks will visit third-seeded Darien in the quarterfinals, on Friday, June 5. In the second-round softball contest, the Nighthawks erased a 2-1 deficit with three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, and tacked on three more in the fifth to give pitcher Lauren Wilcox some breathing room. Newtown’s baseball team got a stellar pitching performance from Jason Hebner, but an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth broke a scoreless tie and sent No. 6 Shelton to a 1-0 win over the No. 11 Nighthawks in Class LL second-round play, also on June 4.
A pair of strong pitching efforts lifted Newtown High School’s softball and baseball teams to first-round state tournament victories, at home, on June 3. Meanwhile, the Nighthawk boys’ lacrosse team saw its season come to an end in a setback to New Milford on the same afternoon. Gillian Galante did the pitching, and her teammates provided plenty of offensive fireworks – scoring a 15 runs to be exact – in the sixth-seeded softball team’s run-rule, six-inning triumph over No. 27 Glastonbury. The Nighthawks rolled to a 15-0 victory in this Class L game as Galante struck out nine batters and allowed only a pair of hitters to reach base. Catcher Emily Woznick erased one of them with a throw to catch a would-be base stealer.
This afternoon’s state tournament boys’ lacrosse game between Newtown High School and New Milford High, originally to have been played in New Milford, will now be played at Brookfield High School. 45 Long Meadow Hill Road. The start time remains the same, 4:30 pm. According to an announcement on the New Milford Public Schools website, all after school activities have been canceled due to a possible threat which the New Milford and state police are investigating.
Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ track and field squads participated in the Class LL state championships, at New Britain’s Willow Brook Park, on June 2. The girls placed fifth, with 43.25 points, among 22 schools to score; Staples of Westport, with 84, won the competition. In the boys’ meet, Newtown was 16th with 12 points; Ridgefield scored 102 to claim first place.
Nothing, not even chilly-for-the-season, damp conditions, could stop Newtown High School’s first-year varsity girls’ golf team from having its moment in the South-West Conference sun, on June 2. The Nighthawks, behind the top overall golfer, as well as the third-place competitor in the field, captured the conference championship at Orange Hills Country Club. Newtown shot a 414, and runner-up Joel Barlow of Redding had a 435 as the teams competed for 18 holes under an on-and-off rainfall. Sarah Houle took home medalist honors by firing an 86, and teammate Molly Wilson was third with a 94. Halle Wilson shot a 111, and Liz Weisgerber and Brenna Kelly each shot a 123.
Newtown High School’s tennis, baseball, and softball teams, on June 2, had their state tournament contests postponed by rain for a second straight day. Action is scheduled to resume on Wednesday, June 3. The girls’ tennis team is slated to visit Fairfield Ludlowe at noon. Newtown’s boys’ tennis players have been eliminated from the tournament’s singles and doubles brackets, which were put on hold on June 2. On the fields, the baseball team will try again with New Milford visiting for a 3:30 pm first pitch, and the softball team hopes to welcome Glastonbury for a 4 pm start. The second and quarterfinal rounds have been pushed back a day.