Sure, Ansonia High School’s football team isn’t in the South-West Conference so a win over Newtown High in the October 17 game (7 pm kickoff at Blue & Gold Stadium) would only impact Newtown’s state playoff positioning. But a victory by the Nighthawks would mean more than just impacting state postseason seeding for Ansonia. Newtown’s opponent has won 48 straight games — just one shy of tying Cheshire’s state record, set in the early/middle 1990s. “We know and the whole state knows how good of a team Ansonia is,” Newtown wide receiver and defensive back Julian Dunn said. “I think it’ll be a heavyweight fight.”
Newtown High School’s girls’ volleyball team won its sixth straight match on October 15, defeating host Immaculate of Danbury 3-0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-11). Kyle Dandrea had seven kills and four digs, Alexa Reilly added four kills, and Sarah Bender had 17 assists and five aces. The Nighthawks defeated host Bethel 3-1 (25-16, 25-14, 23-25, 25-13) a day earlier. Dandrea had 14 kills and three digs, Molly McCoy had 30 assists and five kills, and Tessa Leon-Gambetta had seven digs.
Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team topped visiting Bunnell of Stratford, 96-74 on October 14. The Nighthawks cruised to first-place finishes early on in the meet before coasting to the triumph. Newtown improved to 8-1.
The South-West Conference cross country championships, originally scheduled for Thursday, October 16, were rescheduled for Friday, October 17 because of the threat of heavy rain and thunderstorms. The races will be held at the original location — Bethel High School — with the same start times of 3:30 pm for the girls’ varsity runners and 4 pm for the boys’ varsity runners. Junior varsity races will follow at 4:30 and 5 pm.
In the last home game of the season, on October 14, the Newtown High School boys’ soccer team hosted the Stratford Red Devils and the teams finished in a 1-1 tie. The game was an important one in terms of playoff race for both teams. Heading into the game, Newtown had 14 points in the South-West Conference standings and held the eighth and final playoff spot, and Stratford had 13 points and was two positions behind Newtown.
The Newtown High School girls’ soccer team continues to battle for a South-West Conference playoff spot. The Nighthawks sit in ninth place, just one point behind eighth place Pomperaug of Southbury, with two conference games remaining on the schedule. The top eight teams in the SWC will make it into the playoffs. Newtown defeated host Stratford 4-0, a team with only one win in conference play, on October 14, to improve to 3-4-4 in conference play (4-4-5 overall).
Playing for more than a win, Newtown High School’s field hockey program held its Play 4 The Cure game to raise money for the National Foundation for Cancer Research, at Blue and Gold Stadium when Joel Barlow of Redding visited on October 9.
St Rose of Lima School will hold its annual 5K race and walkathon at the Fairfield Hills campus, from 1 to 4 pm on Sunday, October 26. The event will include a scavenger hunt, bounce house, silent auction, face painting, and food. All proceeds from the day will go to the St Rose of Lima Home School Association in support of the school.
Over the past decade, an increasing public awareness about treating and preventing concussions, especially among younger rec league, school, and college athletes, has brought the issue out of emergency rooms and into living rooms. It now concerns not just coaches, but whole communities. According to the governor’s office, 13.5 percent of high school students self-reported getting a concussion during sports. Fortunately for local student athletes the local school district, and particularly Newtown High School, is already ahead of the game when it comes to responding to and addressing students who may be exposed to, or who have already suffered, concussions. Little did Athletic Director Gregg Simon know that his planned info session would occur the evening after Mr Cochran made his potentially career-ending decision.
Chasing teams in the standings in the final two weeks of the regular season, Newtown High School’s boys’ soccer team picked up a pair of crucial wins — defeating visiting Joel Barlow of Redding on October 8 and host Immaculate of Danbury two days later. Newtown won both contests by 2-1 scores and, in doing so, earned six points and bolstered its South-West Conference playoff chances. “We’re excited to get the points,” said Newtown Coach Brian Neumeyer, who would have preferred his team earn them a little more easily, but is hopeful there is a payoff for the pressure-filled success. The wins over both Barlow and Immaculate were nail-biters, with the Nighthawks breaking a 1-1 tie in the second half each time.