Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced early in April that it expects to stock almost 390,000 trout in waters across the state in time for April 19 Opening Day of the trout fishing season — despite challenges posed by extended winter conditions this year.
Newtown High School’s softball team won its first two games of the campaign, then dropped a pair of contests to carry a 2-2 record into Thursday’s scheduled clash with visiting Weston. The Nighthawks began the campaign with a pair of victories over FCIAC teams on their home field, topping Trumbull 5-2 on April 9, then defeating Danbury 12-5 the next day.
Newtown High School’s boys’ golf team won its first three matches of the season as the Nighthawks went into play on Thursday with a visit to Bunnell of Stratford. The Nighthawks opened the regular campaign against visiting Brookfield at Rock Ridge Country Club on April 9. Newtown shot a 165 and Brookfield shot a 182. Newtown’s Bubba LeBlanc had a 39 to earn medalist honors. Graham Hubbert shot a 44, and Colin Patrick, Josh Houle, and Vivek Tedla all shot a 42 in the win.
Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ tennis teams kicked off the spring campaign this past week. The girls’ squad fell to host Weston 5-2 in the season opener on April 9, earned a rain-shortened 4-0 victory over visiting New Fairfield on April 11, and fell 4-3 at Bunnell of Stratford on April 14. The boys began play on the road against a tough Joel Barlow of Redding squad on April 9, and hung close in a 4-3 loss.
Even a ninth straight South-West Conference championship didn’t fully heal the wound New Fairfield left the Newtown High School girls’ lacrosse team with last spring. The Rebels, during the 2013 regular season, ended Newtown’s six-plus season winning streak against conference opponents. The Nighthawks avenged that setback with a come-from-behind 11-8 win over the Rebels at rainy Blue & Gold Stadium on April 11.
The field at New Fairfield High School hasn’t been too kind to the Nighthawks in recent years. Newtown High School’s boys’ lacrosse team almost earned a win their last year, but fell a goal short. Newtown, didn’t have to wait long to erase some tough memories from the home of its South-West Conference rivals. The Hawks got fifth-year Coach Glenn Adams his first regular-season victory at New Fairfield, a 9-5 win in the rain, in the season opener on April 11.
Newtown High School’s boys’ track and field team is led by a new coach as Tom Brant takes the lead role. Brant, who was involved with coaching the winter indoor track squad, has high hopes for improvement this spring based on what he saw during the winter campaign. That and the fact there is much more depth to this year’s lineup with the roster size increasing from 42 team members to 72. Last spring, the Nighthawks placed tenth in the South-West Conference meet and were 17th in the Class LL state championships.
Coach Doug Russell goes into his 11th season as head coach of the Newtown High School girls’ track and field team with the same goals he’s always had: To win the South-West Conference and finish among the top ten in the state at the Class LL championships.
After spending the last two seasons competing in the Legends cars ranks at Waterford Speedbowl, Newtown’s Stephen Kopcik will become the newest member of the 2014 SK Light Modified rookie class at Stafford Motor Speedway this spring. Kopcik and his team recently acquired a Chassis Dynamics car that was a backup car for Ryan Preece at Thompson Speedway, and he will have Mike Paquette from CD Chassis helping him out with his chassis setup.
Registration for the 26th Annual ShopRite Nutmeg State Games, to be held July 12-27 in New Britain, is available online. There are openings for 22 individual and team sport offerings at www.nutmegstategames.org.