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.
Newtown High School’s football team jumped out to a 21-0 lead after one quarter of play and coasted to a 42-6 victory over host Stratford on a cool, crisp November 7 evening. The Nighthawks improved to 9-0 and the Red Devils fell to 5-4. Julian Dunn caught a pair of Jacob Burden touchdown throws – one from nine yards out to open the scoring and another on an 11-yard play for the final points of the first half. Jaret DeVellis ran for two TDs, finding the end zone on a 13-yard score to make it 14-0, and adding an 11-yard scamper for Newtown’s only second-half touchdown, early in the third quarter.
Newtown High School is among 17 high school athletics programs to be selected as Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) Michaels Achievement Cup exemplary programs, recognizing outstanding achievement as overall athletics programs for the 2013-14 academic year.
Newtown High School’s girls’ volleyball team saw its strong season come to an end in a second-round Class LL state tournament match on November 6. The Nighthawks fell to host Southington 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-18). The eighth-seeded Knights earned a berth with top-seeded and defending champion Cheshire in the quarterfinals. No. 9 Newtown, which won its state tourney opener, finished the campaign with a 16-6 overall record. NHS was 14-4 in the regular season and won its South-West Conference tournament opener before losing in the semifinals. Southington went 15-4 in the regular season. With a chance to even the match against Southington, Newtown got off to a great start in game two, as Kyle Dandrea’s kill spotted the visitors a 7-1 lead. Southington used a 13-1 run to pull ahead 14-8 and never looked back.
Newtown High School’s divers competed in the Class LL state championships at Bulkeley High in Hartford on November 6. The Nighthawks’ top diver, Kari Djonne finished in second place, with a finals tally of 439.05, good for 27 points. Newtown’s Gillian Eckwall was eighth with a score of 349.55 for 21 points, and teammate Emma Wolfman came in 15th with a score of 293.15 for 12 points.
After reeling off three straight wins — two at the end of the regular season to qualify for Class L state playoffs, and a state bracket qualifying round contest — Newtown High School’s field hockey team’s season came to an end in a 3-0 loss at New Milford in the first round on November 5. New Milford, the third seed in the bracket, scored on a penalty stroke with 14:12 left in the first half and established a 2-0 lead by halftime. Newtown didn’t muster a shot on goal until Emily Campbell made a nice effort to put one on the cage with just under 13 minutes remaining in regulation. Newtown was outshot 14-3 and goaltender Casey Demers made 11 saves.
Threatening to knock off the South-West Conference champion New Milford Green Wave, Newtown High School’s girls’ soccer team made things interesting before falling 2-1 in a penalty-kick heartbreaker in the first round of the Class LL state tournament on November 4. Seeded 22nd in the bracket, Newtown was the underdog, but the No. 11 Green Wave knew to expect a close battle after the familiar SWC foes played to a 1-1 tie during the regular campaign. They played to another 1-1 deadlock through 80 minutes of regulation and another 20 minutes of OT before the host Wave won 3-1 in a best-of-five round of PKs. Brenna Kelly scored Newtown’s lone goal during the kicks.
In a tough end to the season, the Newtown High School boys’ soccer team lost 2-0 at the hands of the Glastonbury Tomahawks, the defending state co-champions, in the first round of the Class LL state tournament on November 3.
Strong serving and passing lifted Newtown High School’s girls’ volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-14) win over visiting Hamden in the Class LL state tournament’s first round on November 3. The Nighthawks, seeded ninth in the bracket, shook off some mistakes and strong play by the No. 24 Green Dragons to advance into the second round. Newtown will visit No. 8 Southington, a winner over No. 25 Bristol Central, at 6 pm on Thursday, November 6. Newtown servers compiled 15 aces, including three each from Jamie Calandro, Tonya Tucker, and Julia Wiberg. Kyle Dandrea had 11 kills and ten digs, Clara Whaley had nine kills, Calandro had six kills and six digs, Tucker added four digs, and Alexa Reilly, who also brought her usual strong serving game to the court, contributed a trio of digs. Solid serves by the Nighthawks put the Dragons on their heels and let to several errant returns.
If at first you don’t succeed — try again. The adage certainly applied for Newtown High School’s field hockey team in a 2-0 win at Southington in the qualifying round of the Class L state tournament on November 3. Newtown, stymied in the first half despite an advantage in scoring opportunities, and thwarted on a golden chance less than two minutes into the second half, eventually broke the scoreless deadlock and, in doing so, moved on to the first round. Newtown, the No. 19 team in the bracket, will visit third-seeded New Milford at 2 pm on Wednesday, November 5.