A physical battle, under a mostly steady drizzle, came down to a round of penalty kicks at Blue & Gold Stadium, on November 10. For the second day in a row, a Simsbury soccer team ousted Newtown High from the state playoffs in PKs. A day after the girls were eliminated, Newtown’s Class LL ninth-seeded boys suffered a 2-1 (5-4 in PKs) loss to the No. 24 Trojans in the first round. The Nighthawks scored first, when Elliot Bennett’s shot from the right side slipped through the hands of diving goalkeeper Gabriel Towles, and Jack Oltran was in position to capitalize and deposit the rebound just 4:37 into the second half.
Newtown High School’s field hockey, girls’ soccer, and girls’ volleyball team all battled in state tournament action on Monday, November 9. The field hockey team, seeded 15th in the Class L bracket, blanked No. 18 Amity of Woodbridge 3-0 in a qualifying-round contest, under the lights at Blue & Gold Stadium. Kayla DiSibio, Alison Kelleher, and Shannon Lynch all had second-half goals. Newtown advances to visit No. 2 Conard of West Hartford in the first round, on Wednesday, November 11, beginning at 5 pm.
Sparked by a record-setting performance in the diving portion of the South-West Conference championships by Kari Djonne, Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team placed fourth among ten teams. The diving finals were held at New Fairfield High School on November 4, and the swimming events took place at Masuk High in Monroe on November 7. Newtown scored 308 points. Weston High won the title with 531.5, Pomperaug of Southbury was runner-up with 514, and Brookfield came in third with 383. Host Masuk placed fifth with 259.
Newtown High School’s football team overcame a rare deficit and rolled to a 42-21 victory over visiting New Milford, at Blue & Gold Stadium, on a warm November 6 evening. The Nighthawks retain the Boot Trophy, which the South-West Conference rivals compete for each time they meet. Newtown remains unbeaten at 8-0, and the Green Wave fell to 4-4. Before the game, members of the 1965 Newtown High team were honored as Newtown celebrated 50 years of football. Read more about the game and visit from the former players in the November 13 print edition of The Bee.
Newtown High School’s girls’ cross country team placed fifth in the state open, at Wickham Park in Manchester, on November 6. The Nighthawks’ five fastest finishers totaled a score of 180, as the Hawks edged sixth-place Pomperaug of Southbury (186). Sarah Mawdsley was Newtown’s top runner, placing tenth and completing the course in a time of 19:33. Erin Tressler placed 13th in 19:41.
Newtown High School’s postseason continues with soccer, field hockey, and volleyball state tournament action, getting underway on Monday, November 9. The NHS girls’ and boys’ soccer teams earned first-round home games, the field hockey team will have home field advantage for a qualifying-round contest, and the girls’ volleyball team will be on the road to begin the state playoffs. Coming off South-West Conference tournament semifinal-round exits, both soccer teams will tangle with squads from Simsbury.
Although cross country may be thought of as one of the more individual athletic activities, there is significant importance to teamwork out on the course. “Team running — pack attack, as it is sometimes called — is very important in cross country training and racing. Obviously if you have a very strong runner you want them to strive to do their best but when you have a group of runners who can feed off of each other, that can make your team most successful,” said Doug Russell, coach of Newtown High School’s girls’ squad. “We’ve been preaching pack running,” said Newtown boys’ team Coach Carl Strait, noting that it serves as a good motivator in practices.
Newtown High School’s Kari Djonne finished first, and Gillian Eckwall was second, in the South-West Conference diving championships, at New Fairfield High School, on November 4. Djonne broke the SWC record with a score of 557.95. The diving results count toward the swim team championships, which will take place on Saturday, November 7, at Masuk High in Monroe, beginning at 4 pm.
Newtown High School will celebrate 50 years of football and honor the 1965 team at its game against New Milford, on Friday, November 6. Former players will be on hand for the celebration, and fans are encouraged to come out to see the men who were a part of the start of 11-on-11 football in town. Former players will be honored on the field at Blue & Gold Stadium at 6:45 pm, and kickoff is set for 7 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. The current Nighthawks (7-0) will look to stay unbeaten and keep their hold on the Boot Trophy, which the Hawks and New Milford have battled for throughout the years. Newtown has dominated the rivalry. This is a fitting matchup since Newtown and New Milford played to a 6-6 tie on October 2, 1965, the first game for Newtown's new jayvee team.
Newtown High School’s girls’ soccer team, seeded sixth in the South-West Conference tournament, and coming off an upset of third-seeded Weston in the quarterfinals, pushed No. 2 New Milford into double overtime in the semifinals. But the Green Wave prevailed 3-2, in a November 3 battle at neutral site Joel Barlow in Redding. New Milford had beaten Newtown 3-0 in the regular season, and suffered just one loss in 13 conference games.