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.
Fishing opening day is Saturday, April 11. The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) announces new regulations in effect as the season gets underway. DEEP expects to stock more than 341,000 trout in waters across the state in time for opening day of the trout fishing season. Nearly 100 lakes and ponds and 190 rivers and streams are scheduled for stocking. The very cold temperatures, prolonged heavy snow pack, and icy conditions have been challenging for DEEP stocking efforts.
Newtown Parks & Recreation and Fairfield County Tennis will host tennis camps during April vacation, April 13–15, from 10 am to 12:30 pm, for ages 5–15. The camps will take place at Dickinson Memorial Park Tennis Courts.
Newtown High School sophomore wrestler Anthony Falbo won a national championship during the weekend of March 27–29. Falbo claimed the 160 pound weight division title in the Sophomore Division of the 26th Annual National High School Coaches Association High School National Wrestling Championships, held at the Virginia Beach (Va.) Convention Center. Falbo won a 6-4 decision over Brandon Kui of New Jersey in the finals after a 10-3 decision over Angel Solis of California in the semifinal round. Teammate Ed Lovely garnered All-American status by placing eighth at 126 pounds, also in the sophomore division.
As the snow flakes fell, nearly 1,200 runners made their way through parts of the Fairfield Hills campus and surrounding roads to complete the 3rd Annual Sandy Hook 5K on March 28. Kevin Boughan edged out fellow Sandy Hook runner Nathan Steinebrey to win the morning race — both competitors had official times of 17:37, but Boughan, 39, broke the ribbon just tenths of a second before Steinebrey, 18. The top female runner, Erin Flanagan, 24, came in 13th overall in a time of 20:43. All proceeds from the event will go to the Newtown Memorial Fund.
Hard-hitting, fast-paced hockey at the collegiate level is quite a jump for those who have finished their high school careers. Dave Landau Jr, just completed bridging that gap with a ladder-climbing stint through junior hockey — one in which his skills on and off ice have left a big impression on his coach and others in the game. The 20-year-old defenseman from Newtown, this month, finished his second season in the Junior A level Minnesota Junior Hockey League, a college preparatory league, and is ready to make the move to college hockey beginning this coming fall.