Newtown High School’s girls’ lacrosse team earned its first win of the season by shaking off a tough start to erase a slim deficit, reel off seven unanswered goals, and defeat host Trumbull 14-8 on April 11. Julia Shugrue and Brianna Sclafani both scored four times, and Alex Futterman added two goals and two assists in the win, which came one night after a hard-fought 11-10 overtime loss in the season opener at Brookfield.
Fishermen line the area ponds, lakes, rivers, and streams – and bring their boats out – to cast their lines every year on the morning when fishing season begins. This April, in Newtown anyway, there seemed to be fewer fishermen out for opening day than in the past – perhaps, in part, because of an earlier start to the season and due to a windy day and overall slow arrival of spring warmth. Nonetheless, the Saturday, April 11 morning was an enjoyable kickoff (make that cast off) to the season for those who hooked bait and reeled in dinner.
Newtown High School’s spring sports season is underway. The baseball, softball, boys’ volleyball, and tennis teams were all in action on Wednesday, April 8; the boys’ lacrosse team opened its campaign on April 9 with a win over Brookfield; and the girls’ lacrosse squad will begin its season with a visit to Brookfield on Friday, April 10 (game time, originally set for 7 pm, was changed to 6 pm). Several opening week sporting events have been put on hold: The baseball team’s home clash with Berlin, originally set for April 10, was moved to May 9, at noon. Girls’ and boys’ tennis matches with Joel Barlow of Redding were also postponed on April 10 and will be on dates to be announced. Newtown’s softball game against visiting St Joseph of Trumbull, which was to have taken place on April 9, was pushed to 4 pm on May 2.
Coming off a tough-to-swallow runner-up finish to Weston, in which just a half a point decided things, in last year’s South-West Conference championships, Newtown High School’s girls’ track and field squad — needless to say — is hungry for redemption. Meanwhile the boys’ team, coached by Tom Brant, should be deep in the distance events, led by captains David Csordas and Christopher Gamble.
Some things remain the same, and some things change. In the case of Newtown High School’s girls’ lacrosse team, both apply. The Nighthawks, as always, are the team to beat in the South-West Conference — in fact, they’re going for the 11th straight SWC title — but a new leader is in place to try to get the Nighthawks back to the top. Amanda Mastera takes over for Maura Fletcher, who retired after completing a decade of dominance.
Coming off a South-West Conference title, Newtown High School’s boys’ lacrosse team is the undisputed defending champion. However, Newtown Coach Glenn Adams doesn’t look at it that way as his team takes the field in search of another trophy. “That’s always our goal,” Adams said of winning a league crown. “We’re not looking at it like we’re defending because we won last year’s championship. This is a new team.”
Brett Teolis, coach of Newtown High School’s boys’ tennis team, is hopeful that his team’s depth translates into going deep into the postseason. The coach’s first objective is to be one of the four teams to qualify for the SWC tourney; the second is to win the bracket; and the third is to have some players get far in state tournament play. After winning back-to-back SWC titles, Newtown High’s girls’ tennis team — hit hard by graduation — missed out on the conference playoffs last spring. Coach Maureen Maher and company are optimistic about a return to the conference postseason this time around.
Update: The April 8 opener at Brookfield has been postponed to a date to be announced || Although Newtown High School’s boys’ golf team’s season is slated to begin Wednesday, April 8, with a visit to Brookfield at 3 pm, and the Nighthawks have (weather permitting) seven more matches before of Southbury visits Rock Ridge Country Club, it’s that April 27 match with the rival Panthers that the Nighthawks have circled on the schedule.
Last spring, girls’ golfers from Newtown High School came out in full swing to participate on a club team. They practiced chips, putts, and drives in anticipation of competing as a varsity squad this year. Their time has come. The Nighthawks are scheduled to tee off for their first official campaign on Monday, April 13, when they visit Danbury’s Richter Park at 3 pm to take on Immaculate of Danbury.
Here’s something volleyball enthusiasts in town are sure to dig: Newtown High School has a boys’ volleyball team in place — and its first season is underway this week. Sandy Doski, who previously was an assistant coach with Newtown High’s girls’ squad, and has also worked as a volleyball official, offered to coach the team without pay to get it up and running.