Newtown High School’s girls’ cross country team placed third in the Class LL state championship meet, at Wickham Park, in Manchester, on October 31. The Nighthawks were led by Sarah Mawdsley, who was runner-up among 156 finishers, in a time of 19:17. The Nighthawks, who had a trio of runners among the top six, scored 83 points. Glastonbury had 74, and Ridgefield had 78. Newtown edged out Staples of Westport for third; the Wreckers, who were paced by first-place runner Hannah Debalsi (18:14), scored 88. There were 21 teams.
Newtown High School’s girls’ soccer team advanced in the South-West Conference tournament, defeating host Weston 1-0 in the quarterfinal round, on October 31. Maddie Pirone one-timed a cross from Emma Curtis with just 2:08 remaining in the opening half, for what proved to be the decisive goal. The sixth-seeded Nighthawks held on to upset the No. 3 Trojans thanks, in part, to some clutch saves by goalkeeper Meghan Doyle.
Newtown High School’s football team defeated visiting Stratford 34-6 on Senior Night, also the Homecoming Game, at Blue & Gold Stadium, on October 30. The Nighthawk defense, coming off a shutout of Joel Barlow of Redding the week prior, held the Red Devils off the scoreboard until the final seconds to improve to 7-0; Stratford fell to 5-2.
A solid team effort led to a one-man offensive outburst. James Carney scored four goals and assisted on another as the third-seeded Newtown High School’s boys’ soccer team crushed visiting New Fairfield, the sixth seed, 5-2 in the South-West Conference tournament quarterfinals, at Blue & Gold Stadium, on October 30. Goalkeeper Zach Laros played both halves and made nine saves.
In its final meet of the regular season, Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team defeated host Masuk of Monroe, 92-83, on October 27. The Nighthawks, who were coming off a 96-83 loss at Brookfield, on October 23, finish the year with a 7-3 record. Now, they’ll prepare for the postseason, which begins with South-West Conference championship action in early November.
Newtown High School’s field hockey team ended the year with three consecutive losses, falling 2-0 to host Immaculate of Danbury on October 23, 3-0 to host Ridgefield on October 26, and 1-0 to visiting Joel Barlow of Redding at Blue & Gold Stadium on Senior Night, October 27.
Newtown High School’s girls’ volleyball team ended the regular season with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-14) win over visiting Bunnell of Stratford, on Senior Night, October 27. Jamie Calandro led the way with 17 kills and 24 digs; Zoe Beals had six aces and 12 digs; Molly McCoy had 16 kills and 13 assists; Sarah Bender had a pair of aces and 16 assists; Tessa Leon-Gambetta compiled 12 digs; Kaitlyn Schneider contributed a trio of aces to go along with seven digs; Julia Wiberg had two kills and two blocks; and Rachel O’Grady added a pair of kills and an ace.
Newtown High School’s girls’ soccer team, coming off a season-ending 3-3 tie on the road with Bethel on October 22, will enter into the postseason following a long, nine-day layoff. And the Nighthawks are hopeful that the rest and wait will help and not hinder as the sixth-seeded Hawks visit No. 3 Weston in the South-West Conference tournament quarterfinals on Saturday, October 31, beginning at 2 pm. “It could be a blessing, and it could be dangerous,” Newtown Coach Marc Kenney said of the hiatus in game action.
Unbeaten in 11 straight games to close out the regular season, Newtown High School’s boys’ soccer team certainly couldn’t ask for much more momentum heading into the postseason, but the Nighthawks are doing anything but getting caught up in their own winning ways. “We’re not that team — we know who we are. We’re just going out and playing hard every game,” Newtown Coach Brian Neumeyer said.
South-West Conference tournament action begins for boys’ and girls’ soccer, field hockey, and volleyball this Friday and Saturday, October 30 and 31, and Monday, November 2. Newtown High School has representatives in each sport, two of which will host first-round games, with the other two going on the road. The postseason gets underway on Friday, with the boys’ soccer team, the third seed in the SWC, hosting No. 6 New Fairfield at 3:30 pm in the quarterfinals.