Ed Marks grew up here, participating in Newtown Parks & Recreation activities and playing sports on fields across town throughout his childhood, and continued to do so in men’s softball leagues while his children followed in his sports-playing footprints. For the past decade and a half, Marks has played a significant role in the progress of athletics and recreation on those very same fields, first serving on the Newtown Parks & Recreation Commission, and eventually becoming chairman in 2007. His dedication and concern for the betterment of recreational activity in town have earned Marks, 53, The Newtown Bee’s Harmon Award for Sportsman of the Year — named in honor of former Bee Sports Editor Kim Harmon — for 2014.
Newtown High School’s wrestling team capped off its regular campaign with a 59-18 Senior Night win over the New Fairfield Rebels, on February 11. Also that night, the hockey team lost to Masuk of Monroe. Newtown’s gymnastics team competed in regular-season meets on February 6 and 10, as they geared up to participate in the South-West Conference championships, in New Milford, on February 12. The boys’ swimming and diving team had several strong performances in a 97-86 loss at Brookfield, on February 10.
Newtown High School’s boys’ basketball team hasn’t lost consecutive games since the early stages of the season, and made sure that trend continued with a 53-41 win at New Fairfield on February 10. The Nighthawks improved to 12-4 overall and 7-2 in South-West Conference play with four games to play before the start of the postseason. The girls’ basketball team hosted New Fairfield, making for a battle of the best in the South-West Conference, also on February 10. The Nighthawks, who have played from behind throughout many of their games this winter, weren’t able to get over the hump in a 51-41 setback to the Rebels.
The Nighthawks, leaders of the SWC’s Colonial Division, fell to 13-5 overall and 9-2 in conference action.
The Harlem Wizards are coming back to Newtown for a comedy basketball game on Sunday, February 22. The game will be played at Newtown High School beginning at 3 pm. The Wizards will take on a team of Newtown teachers and school staff as they have done in the past.
Snow is at it again – this time postponing the Newtown High School wrestling team’s Senior Night clash with New Fairfield. The meet, originally scheduled for Monday, February 9, has been postponed until Wednesday, February 11. Start time of 7 pm remains the same. The Nighthawk grapplers are coming off a win over Notre Dame-Fairfield on February 4. They’re gearing up for the South-West Conference championships, set to take place at Stratford’s Bunnell High School on February 14. Here’s a recap of recent action from the mats, courts, track, ice, and pool – and a look at upcoming games (weather permitting of course): Newtown High’s wrestling team scored a 66-12 victory over visiting Notre Dame-Fairfield in their most recent competition. The boys’ swimming and diving team is scheduled to visit defending state champion Brookfield, at The Dive Shop, at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, February 10. The girls’ cagers, coming off a 43-32 victory at Kolbe Cathedral of Bridgeport on February 6, will be home to take on New Fairfield on Tuesday, February 10 – tipoff is set for 7 pm.
Newtown High School’s cheerleading squad made it two straight South-West Conference championships, prevailing among 13 rival schools with a score of 184.2 at Weston High on February 7. Second-place Masuk scored 163 points and third-place New Fairfield had 144. “The girls performed beautifully. Before we took the mat, we asked each of them to stay calm and do their job. They have worked incredibly hard since August getting stronger and perfecting skills,” Coach Susan Bridges said.
The South-West Conference indoor track and field championships took place at the Floyd Little Athletic Center on February 7, bringing together the best runners, throwers, and jumpers from Newtown and rival teams. Newtown’s girls’ squad, led by Micaela Nowacki’s first-place finish in the shot-put event, placed fourth as a team with 38 points. Weston won the girls’ competition with 125 points, Pomperaug of Southbury was second with 63, and Masuk of Monroe was third with 49. Ten schools with girls’ lineups scored points in the championships. The NHS boys, who got a runner-up high jump performance from Cole Terry, came in seventh among 13 teams. Newtown had 27 points.
Members of the Newtown High School Blue Blaze basketball team, part of the state’s Unified Sports program which provides competitive sports opportunities for special needs students, displayed their teamwork, skills, and athleticism in a game against the visiting Bunnell of Stratford Bulldogs on January 29. The athletes brought out their competitive edge for a fun-filled and action packed 40-minute game.
Assisted by partners, some of whom are traditional high school athletes, the Unified Sports participants dribble, pass, shoot, and score during basketball practices and games throughout the winter. The partners can rebound, pass, and give pointers to their peers, but it is up to the athletes to score the baskets. During games, there are three athletes and two partners on the floor at all times.
Newtown High School’s boys’ swimming and diving team fell 96-88 to visiting and unbeaten Weston, last year’s Class S state champion, on February 3. The Nighthawks, who earned a 95-82 victory over host New Fairfield in their previous meet, on January 30, stand at 5-2 overall. The Hawks have two meets remaining before the postseason – a February 10 visit to defending Class M winner Brookfield and a February 18 home meet against Joel Barlow of Redding. Against Weston, the Nighthawks jumped out to an early lead as the 200 yard medley relay team of Tommy Horan, Seth Barrett, Matt Argraves, and Owen Gray finished first in a time of 1:49.34.
Newtown High School’s dance team came into the school year with a motto “New Team, Same Dream” as it embarked on another potential championship season. This “new team” experienced part of its dream, successfully defending its South-West Conference championship jazz category title, scoring 272 out of 300 possible points, at New Milford High School on January 31.