There has not been much practice for the Nighthawks. Holidays and snow days resulting in canceled school have left the Newtown High School swimmers with minimal time in the water to gear up for meets. The rust didn’t show in the team’s first meet in more than a week — a 100-75 win over visiting Bethel on January 7.
Newtown High School’s hockey team earned a 4-0 win over the host Watertown-Pomperaug of Southbury team at Taft School’s Mays Rink in Watertown on January 4. Goaltender Patrick McLoughlin kicked aside all 21 shots he faced to earn the shutout. Jonathan Lovorn scored two goals and had an assist, Zach Waller and Matt Sabia both scored, and Hayden Savoia, Cooper McLean, and Dan Harrison all registered assists. The Nighthawks then blanked visiting Tri-Town 3-0 at Danbury Ice Arena on January 8 to improve to 4-1-1 this season.
Newtown High School’s gymnastics squad had its first meet of the season when the Nighthawks participated in the Pomperaug Invitational in Southbury on January 4. Newtown, with a score of 128.8, placed fourth among 13 teams. Daniel Hand of Madison won the meet with a score of 140.7, Fairfield Ludlowe was second with a score of 131.55, Farmington came in third with a score of 130.45, and Glastonbury was edged out by Newtown and placed fifth with a score of 127.15.
Newtown High School’s boys’ basketball team won its second game in a row and, in the process, got a little redemption — beating Kolbe Cathedral 77-55 in Bridgeport on January 7. The Nighthawks had lost hold of a second-half lead in a 59-50 setback to Kolbe during the Hoops For Heroes Tournament in Newtown on December 30. When the teams got reacquainted a week later, Newtown made sure there would be no letting go of a second-half lead as the Hawks earned a convincing 22-point victory. This was the first game that counts in the South-West Conference standings.
A table tennis event to support Newtown Memorial Fund will take place at Newtown High School, 12 Berkshire Road, on Saturday, January 25, beginning at 5:30 pm. The event is a tournament for all ages, and refreshments will be served. Cost is $10 and tickets tickets may be purchased at the door. All proceeds will benefit Newtown Memorial Fund, whose mission is to serve as "an ongoing remembrance that provides care and support for those directly affected today, and for the entire community, for the long term."
The Newtown High School boys’ basketball team and Newtown Youth Basketball Association are teaming to host Pack The Gym Night to kick off the American Cancer Society’s Officials vs Cancer fundraising event during the Newtown versus Brookfield game at Newtown Newtown High School at 7 pm. NYBA representatives will collect donations at the game, and present pink whistles to the referees. The high school players will wear pink ribbon logo socks provided by NYBA. Additionally, NYBA representatives will sell NYBA pink ribbon shirts.
It was only a matter of time before the hardworking Nighthawks came out on the winning end. After four close-call setbacks, Newtown High School’s boys’ basketball team pulled out a nail-biting victory, edging visiting Trumbull 63-61 for its first win of the season, on January 4. Maybe it took the turn of the calendar — this was Newtown’s first clash of the New Year — perhaps it was the matchup, or a fortuitous bounce or rim-roller here or there. In the eyes of Newtown Coach Tim Tallcouch, whose squad lost games by two, four, and nine (on two occasions) points, his team may have just needed to find a find a way to pull through in a tight battle.
Newtown High School’s wrestling team, after battling with Bristol Eastern on December 26, competed in the Danbury Holiday Invitational on December 28. The Nighthawks (with 139 points) placed fifth in the 14-team invitational, won by Danbury (224).
From great individual efforts — including record-setting performances — to thrilling team achievements — such as championship triumphs — 2013 had it all in the Newtown sports world. As we bid farewell to ’13 and turn the calendars — and our attention to the games ahead — to 2014, here’s a sampling of some of the many great accomplishments that took place on the Newtown playing surfaces during the past 12 months. From Mike Daubert’s early-January buzzer-beating 3-pointer to propel the Newtown High School boys’ basketball team to a remarkable victory to the Newtown High football team’s second consecutive South-West Conference championship, and everything in between, there were numerous exciting moments that will be remembered for years to come.
Newtown High School’s hockey team ended the calendar year with a 6-3 win over Lyman Hall-Haddam Killingworth at Danbury Ice Arena on December 31. The Nighthawks, including a 4-0 loss to Westhill of Stamford on December 28 — a game in which goaltender Patrick McLoughlin made 24 saves — begin the season with a 2-1-1 record.