Newtown High School’s football team has had pretty much everything – offense, defense, special teams – clicking throughout the regular season. So why not continue the winning formula to kick off the postseason? The Nighthawks, in fact, shut out Brookfield 42-0 in the South-West Conference championship game at Southbury’s Pomperaug High School, on November 20. This was Newtown’s third straight SWC title, and second consecutive triumph over Brookfield in the pinnacle game. Julian Dunn tied Aaron Hernandez’s Connecticut record for most career touchdown receptions with his 47th receiving TD. The scoring play was the last of the game and was a Dunn-to-Dunn connection. Backup/sophomore QB Justin Dunn found his brother in the end zone for connection from six yards out late in regulation.
In this day and age, technology is a significant part of society. One of the fastest forms of communication is through social media and cellphones. The Newtown High School athletic department has realized this, and capitalized on the situation. With 2,000 followers and counting, the NHS Athletics Twitter account (@nhsathletics) is keeping students, as well as friends and family members, up on the latest happenings on the courts and playing fields. Run by Newtown High Athletic Director Gregg Simon and Associate Athletic Director and physical education teacher Carl Strait, the account has gained popularity since it started back in the fall of 2011.
The Thursday, November 20, South-West Conference championship football game, between Newtown and Brookfield high schools, will take place at Pomperaug High School in Southbury. The game was originally scheduled to be played at Bunnell High in Stratford but the SWC announced this week the game location change. Game time remains the same — 7 pm. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults.
Fresh off its fifth-place Class LL state championship meet, which was chockfull of team record-setting performances, Newtown High School’s swimming and diving team made another big splash in the State Open, placing 11th among 54 teams to score points and claiming a state record in diving along the way.
After a tough, defensive-minded, scoreless opening quarter of play, Newtown High School’s football team showed how explosive its offense can be during New Fairfield’s visit to Blue & Gold Stadium on November 14. The Nighthawks, on Senior Night – in fact – poured it on with five touchdowns before halftime en route to a 41-14 triumph. Newtown improved to 10-0 and New Fairfield fell to 6-4.
Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team placed fifth in the Class LL state championships, which culminated with the swimming events, at Wesleyan University in Middletown, on November 12. The Nighthawks set five team records and recorded one first place finish in the process. All told, the team set six school records, including second-place overall diver Kari Djonne’s program record-setting performance on in Hartford on November 6. Led by the 200 yard freestyle relay team, which earned first among 18 opposing relay contingents, the Nighthawks scored 428 points to place fifth as a team.
The annual Thanksgiving morning Turkey Trot will take place at 7:45 am on Thursday, November 27. The 5K race and fun walk, benefiting the Cyrenius H Booth Library, begins at Hawley Elementary School and ends at Newtown Middle School.
Members of Newtown High School’s girls’ swim team participated in the Class LL state championship qualifying meet in East Hartford on November 8. Several of the team members not only earned their seedings for the November 15 championships in Middletown, but set records in the process. Amy Martinelli, Mandy Mele, Mary Hufziger, Eliza Eggleston, and Megan McDonald all recorded standout performances as they kicked off the state championship season. This NHS quintet set school records in four events and, as a matter of fact, one record was rebroken moments after a new standard was set.