• Cross Country Teams Start With Victories

    Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ cross country teams each started the season with victories over three opponents in races at Newtown’s home course, adjacent to Reed School on the grounds of Fairfield Hills, on September 15. The girls beat New Fairfield 17-42, topped Weston 17-44, and defeated Bethel 15-46. The boys defeated New Fairfield 20-35, Weston 15-50, and Bethel 15-50.

  • Newtown High Soccer Teams Pick Up Wins

    Newtown High School’s girls’ soccer team began the season with a pair of 3-2 victories over South-West Conference rivals, edging visiting New Fairfield in the season opener, at Treadwell Park, on September 11, and getting past host Brookfield on September 15. The boys’ soccer team shook off a 3-1 season-opening setback at New Fairfield on September 11, with a 3-2 victory over Brookfield at Treadwell Park on September 15.

  • Cheer Squad Going For Another Crown

    The competition season isn’t until the winter, but Newtown High School’s cheerleading squad has been hard at work preparing to defend its South-West Conference crown which, this year, the team will have a chance to do at home. The SWC cheerleading championships will be held at NHS on February 6, beginning at 4 pm. Until then, the Nighthawk cheerleaders will be honing their skills all the while supporting the football and basketball teams, as they entertain fans during games and when they perform halftime routines.

  • Spikers Face Challenging Start As They Aim For Strong Finish

    Last season, Newtown High School’s girls’ volleyball team posted a regular-season record of 14-4, and reached the South-West Conference tournament semifinals. The Nighthawks earned the No. 9 seed in the Class LL state tournament and, after winning their first-round contest, were eliminated by eighth-seeded Southington in the second round. Newtown graduated four players, so will have some rebuilding to do, but the Hawks bring back players who saw varsity court time in last year’s rotation. Newtown’s lone captain is outside hitter Jamie Calandro. Other key returnees include setter/hitter Molly McCoy, setter Sarah Bender, middle hitter Julia Wiberg, and libero Tessa Leon-Gambetta.

  • Football, Soccer, And Swim Teams Earn Wins

    Newtown High School’s football team went on the road and blanked Pomperaug of Southbury 42-0 in the season opener on September 11. In other opening day action, on September 11, Newtown’s girls’ soccer team scored a 3-2 win over New Fairfield at Treadwell Park, and the girls’ swimming and diving team defeated visiting Joel Barlow of Redding 97-80. The boys’ soccer team dropped a 3-1 decision at New Fairfield. In the football game, the Nighthawks erupted for 35 first-half points. Ethan Carpenter got the scoring started with a 41-yard punt return for six.

  • Field Hockey Squad Has New-Look Lineup And High Hopes

    The loss of ten players to graduation from last season’s 7-9 team doesn’t have Newtown Coach Stephanie Paproski worried. Although the players leave shoes to fill, Newtown’s field hockey coach has been given reason to believe her lineup will be a tough one to deal with based on what she’s seen in the preseason. “I have a great feeling about the team this year,” Paproski said. “You can tell they’ve been working. I think they have a lot of drive and they want it this year. I’m excited to see what they can bring to the table.

  • Girls To Take Run At Cross Country Title; Boys Potentially Among Best

    As midsummerlike temperatures greeted the cross country team participants for practices in the first week of September, they had cool-weather success on their minds. By the time the late October South-West Conference championships roll around, the 90-degree heat will likely be long gone, and Newtown High School’s runners hope to be leaving many of their competitors in the dust on their way to conference success. The team's season opens Tuesday with a home meet. The Nighthawks will be hosting Bethel, New Fairfield and Weston.

  • Ski Newtown: A Water Sports Event For Ages 7-18

    The LOF Adaptive Skiers and Newtown Parks & Recreation Department invite Newtown children ages 7-18 to participate in Ski Newtown on Saturday, September 19, at Eichler’s Cove Marina on Lake Zoar from 9 am to 3:30 pm. There is a $25 fee to participate in this event, which is open to all Newtown children ages 7-18 (able bodied and disabled). Advanced registration is required. Rain date: September 20. To register, visit LOFAdaptiveSkiers.org

  • Boys’ Booters Have Balanced Lineup

    If Newtown High School’s boys’ soccer season shakes out as expected, the offense will be as balanced as the team’s roster, meaning scoring will come from numerous sources. Coach Brian Neumeyer notes that the Nighthawks won’t hang their hat on one or two go-to players, and that he has a good group of juniors and seniors who should help provide success this year.

  • Girls' Soccer Coach Looks For More Toughness (Mental And Physical)

    It’s always a tough pill to swallow when teams are eliminated from the playoffs. Even harder for Newtown High School’s girls’ soccer team was not qualifying for one of the postseason tourneys last fall. Newtown Coach Marc Kenney notes that his team’s absence in the South-West Conference bracket marked the first time in the program the Nighthawks failed to get into the SWC dance. Kenney believes his team needs to be tougher — both physically and mentally — to do more this season.