NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver Richie Pallai, Jr, and the Stafford Motor Speedway recognized the efforts of the Sandy Hook first responders who were on hand to serve as grand marshals of the track’s SK Modified feature event on September 29.
The girls defeated Joel Barlow of Redding 24-33, Brookfield 16-45, and Stratford 15-50. The Nighthawks were led by the one-two finish of standouts Brianne Moulder and Hannah Schwartz, who completed the 3.1-mile course with times of 20:25 and 20:46. Kiera Elkow was sixth in 22:14.
he Nighthawks kept piling up the high-percentage scoring opportunities, only to have Bunnell of Stratford goalkeeper Jeremy Proto make saves or see their shots sail just wide in a boys’ soccer clash at Blue & Gold Stadium on September 30. Finally, about 14 minutes into the second half, a cross attempt by Newtown’s Grant Ricketts ricocheted off a diving Proto and into the net. That fluky goal proved to be the difference as Newtown High School’s booters ended a mini two-game losing skid in a 1-0 win.
Newtown High School’s girls’ soccer team had easily its toughest test of the campaign in a September 26 visit to unbeaten Joel Barlow of Redding. The Nighthawks suffered a 1-0 setback for their first regular-season loss since October of 2011, but the Hawks bounced back with a 5-1 win over visiting New Fairfield two days later. Newtown then tied host Bunnell of Stratford 1-1 on September 30 to carry a 6-1-1 record into an October 3 clash with New Milford.
Not that members of Newtown High School’s football team won't gladly take their first two triumphs — after all, a win’s a win — but they were much more pleased with the overall performance in the third tilt of the season. Newtown got its most complete-game effort of the young campaign in a 35-7 thumping of host Brookfield, under the lights, on September 27.
Charlotte Gray says her favorite part about competing with the Newtown High School swimming and diving team is the connection she has with her teammates. The senior captain recently used that and another connection she has — one with challenged swimmers — to help raise money for Special Olympics.
Newtown High School’s boys’ soccer team earned at least a point in each of its first five games heading into a September 26 game against Joel Barlow of Redding. For the better part of the afternoon on September 21, the Nighthawks controlled the ball and dominated in scoring opportunities. The Hawks, however, settled for a 1-1 tie with visiting Bethel at Treadwell Park on September 21.
It would be easy to excuse members of the Newtown High School girls’ soccer team for having a lot of confidence and for starting to think repeat. Last year’s state champions have a new look with a mostly different starting lineup, but the Nighthawks picked up where left off a year ago — coming out on top game after game. They were unbeaten in five straight tilts to begin the season, but won’t make the mistake of believing they still don’t have a lot to prove.
Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ cross country teams had strong showings in a pair of meets this past week. They competed in the 32nd Bethel Cross Country Invitational on September 21, then raced in South-West Conference action at Eisenhower Park in Milford on September 24.
The Western Connecticut Youth Hockey Association opened its season Saturday afternoon with Hockey Day in Danbury, at Danbury Arena, with a ceremonial puck drop by Mayor Mark Boughton. Skaters from all eight of the organization’s travel hockey teams were introduced in a ceremony that featured a banner raising for Western’s Pee Wee A team, which won the Connecticut Hockey Conference Pee Wee Tier III state championship in March.