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.
Members of Newtown High School’s baseball team performed/executed fielding and base running drills on the turf at Blue & Gold Stadium (because the grass playing field was soggy after the snow finally melted away) on April 1 as they prepared for the start of the campaign. The key to some success this spring, Coach Memoli anticipates, is playing fundamentally sound ball; smart base running and solid fielding will be important.
Coach Bob Guererra is hopeful that the slow start to the spring — his Newtown High School softball team preparing first indoors before moving onto the Blue & Gold Stadium turf field to conduct drills, and having preseason scrimmages canceled — doesn’t set the tone for a tough start to the year. No matter how quickly the Nighthawks get into the swing of things, the coach is optimistic that they’ll emerge as contenders for a championship by the time the season winds down in late May.
Newtown High School’s baseball and softball teams, after starting their tryouts indoors in area fitness facilities, have been practicing on the Blue & Gold Stadium turf field; and tennis players finally moved outside now that the snow has melted off the courts. The spring season is set to begin on Wednesday, April 8 (weather and field condition permitting of course). On the slate for opening day are two home contests as each of Newtown’s two new-to-varsity squads begin play. The boys’ volleyball team — the only lineup not at a disadvantage in terms of proper venue preparation — will host Darien for a 4:30 pm match. Assuming enough of the remaining snow melts away from the grounds Rock Ridge Country Club, and the course is ready for action, the first-year varsity girls’ golf team will tee off in a 3 pm contest with Brookfield.