Newtown High School’s girls’ basketball team battled past visiting Bethel 43-39, on January 16, for consecutive win number four. The Nighthawks improved to 8-2 overall and 4-0 in South-West Conference play; the Wildcats slipped to 4-7. It was a physical-at-times, defensive-minded contest. The Nighthawks, ahead 19-17 at halftime, and 28-27 after three quarters, finally pulled away in the waning minutes. Bethel had just one second-half lead, at 23-22, but hung close until the finish. Mali Klorczyk sank a 3-pointer, despite being fouled, to snap a 24-24 tie, only to see the Wildcats even the score before Klorczyk hit one free throw for a lead the Nighthawks managed to maintain the rest of the way. In the fourth, the Nighthawks put together a 7-2 run to break open a 30-28 nail-biter for a seven-point advantage. Lauren Wilcox hit one of two free throws, Klorczyk finished a fast break, despite a foul and made it 33-28 with 6:09 to play. She missed the free throw but Wilcox forced a held ball and Newtown had the possession arrow in its favor and cashed in. Klorczyk took an inbound pass under the basket and scored to extend the lead to 35-28. Sarah Lynch answered a pair of Bethel free throws to reclaim Newtown’s seven-point lead with 5:16 to go. The Wildcats used a 7-1 run to close to within 38-37 with 2:10 left. The Hawks struggled from the free throw line – making just 7 of 19 attempts in the fourth quarter alone, and 12 of 35 in the game – but hit enough freebees down the stretch to fend off the Wildcats.
Newtown High School’s wrestling team continued its winning ways, earning a 76-0 win at Stratford on January 14. The high school hockey team lost 9-3 to the New Fairfield-Immaculate of Danbury squad at Danbury Ice Arena the same night. Newtown High’s girls’ basketball team posted its second third straight victories with a 54-24 victory over Weston on January 12 and a 65-51 win at Brookfield the next night. The boys’ swimming and diving team was victorious in its third straight meet, toppling New Milford 96-74, on January 13. Newtown’s gymnastics team had its second competition of the season, at New Milford on January 13.
Newtown High School’s wrestling team won the Greater Hartford Open on January 10. Newtown scored 296.5 points to defeat ten opponents. Second-place New Milford had 184.5, and third-place Greenwich scored 142.5. The Nighthawks had 11 finalists, 10 champions, and 13 of 14 weight division grapplers among the top three. Newtown highlights from the finals of the Hartford tourney are as follows: 106: Tom Leuci pinned Foran of Milford’s Gino Esposito in 3:48. 113: Luca Crudo earned a 1-0 decision over New Milford’s Mel Ortiz. 126: Ed Lovely pinned New Milford’s Tyler Schultz in 1:08. 132: Matt Gonzalez pinned Newington’s Rafael Anderson in 0:41. 138: James Leuci earned a 17-4 decision over Greenwich’s Mike Ceci. 145: Alex Stavola earned an 8-1 decision over Wethersfield’s Brendan Livingston.
The host Newtown High School boys’ basketball team used the fast-break—repeated transition baskets, many of which came off steals – to break Brookfield’s season-opening six-game winning streak with a 58-48 victory on January 13. While one stretch of victories came to an end, another continued. With the win, the Nighthawks made it five straight games without a loss and improved to 6-2. This was Newtown’s South-West Conference opener. Will Dalton led Newtown with 22 points, Jeremy Doski scored ten, Harry Depuy scored eight, Jacob Burden had seven, Charlie Huegi contributed five, and Mason Melillo and Dillon Palumbo each added three. Doski and Huegi had nine and seven assists, respectively. Depuy had six steals, and Huegi came away with five steals. Doski and Depuy each grabbed six rebounds, and Dalton pulled down five.
Members of Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ indoor track teams competed in the Elm City Coaches Invite at Hillhouse High School in New Haven on January 10. The girls' and boys' squads had South-West Conference and Class LL state championship qualifiers and several competitors who improved their postseason qualification times.
AC Connecticut, the state’s only Premier Development League (PDL) soccer team, will hold its first round of open tryouts for the 2015 season, from noon to 2 pm on Friday, January 16, at NYA Sports & Fitness Center, 4 Primrose Street.
Freezing cold temperatures throughout the past week may cause some to ponder a move south, or to at least anxiously anticipate the warmth of spring. But that’s not the case for hockey players and figure skaters who welcomed, and took advantage of, the true arrival of winter with this cold blast. A snow day Friday, January 9 gave Newtown High School students a chance to lace up their skates for a pickup game at Hawley Pond on the Ram Pasture.
The old saying “never judge a book by its cover” certainly applied for the Newtown High School girls’ basketball team in each of its last two games — a 58-44 loss to Saddle River Day School in New Jersey on January 3 and a 54-40 win over visiting Stratford on January 6. A 14-point loss is a 14-point loss? And a 14-point win is a 14-point win? Not exactly. For starters, Newtown Coach Jeremy O’Connell’s team benefited from its setback to Saddle River in that the team was challenged. O’Connell schedules nonconference games against tough teams in hopes of preparing his group for the postseason.
Newtown High School’s boys’ swimming and diving team, on January 6, returned from a two-week break from meets by easing back into competition with an 89-77 win over the visiting Bunnell-Stratford co-op team. Newtown, after sealing the team win in the 500 yard freestyle race, exhibitioned the final four events and improved to 2-1 this winter. The 200 medley relay team of Michael Poulter, Seth Barrett, Tommy Horan, and Owen Gray kicked things off with a first-place finish in a time of 1:54.2.