Newtown High School divers, this past fall, made a big splash at the state level. The Nighthawks, collectively, recorded the top scores among all of the state’s teams, helping the NHS girls’ swimming and diving team to an overall 17th-place finish among 57 squads in the State Open.
Connecticut bicycling organizations, the Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program (CCAP) and Team 26 are partnering to host a cyclocross bicycle event to begin at 9 am on Saturday, December 21, at Fairfield Hills. All ages and skill levels are invited to participate (or spectatoe) in the fun and competitive bicycling event. The course will be held on a two-mile circuit with surfaces ranging from pavement to grassy fields to dirt trails. Cyclocross and mountain bikes without bar-ends are recommended. Helmets are mandatory. Proceeds will support CCAP, an organization that engages and supports youth in cycling; and Team 26, an organization that rides from Sandy Hook to the nation’s capital in support of common sense gun safety legislation.
Given the high volume of swimmers who enter into the campaign already with club team yardage under their belts, Newtown High School boys’ swimming and diving Coach Zach Gauvin has his team training hard in preseason.
Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ indoor track teams will lean on the experience and stamina of their distance runners, the development of sprinters, and skill of the throwers as they strive to succeed this winter. Coach Doug Russell has more than 100 competitors in the program and, given the numbers and what he’s seen from returning athletes, the potential is there for the Nighthawks to be strong across the board.
Newtown High School’s wrestling team has a new leader as former Newtown Youth Wrestling Association Coach Chris Bray takes over and is joined by first-year NHS assistant Mike McKeever. “I’m very excited. It’s like I’m regaining my guys,” said Bray, noting that he’s reacquainted with many of his former youth grapplers, some of whom he’s coached for as many as eight years.
It’s time to select the winner of the Newtown Bee’s Award For Sportsman of the Year – named in honor of former Bee Sports Editor Kim Harmon. The award will go to someone who has had a significant impact on Newtown sports. Please drop us a line with your suggestion(s).
Tryouts and evaluations for the newly formed 16-year-old Newtown Babe Ruth Baseball Prep team will be held at the Sports Academy of Connecticut and New York in Danbury on Sunday, December 22, from 8 to 9 pm. Players cannot turn 17 prior to April 30, 2104.
Colton Smith of Newtown piled up nearly 100 yards rushing the ball for the Fairfield Prep Jesuits, but perhaps the most important carry he had in the December 7 Class LL state playoff semifinal round game was a 13-yard loss for safety — a designed play that enabled the Jesuits to run the final seconds off the scoreboard clock to capture a thrilling 29-28 win over West Haven.
Newtown High School’s hockey team enters into the 2013-14 campaign facing some on- and off-ice changes. Returning skaters are hungry for success following a disappointing finish to the previous season, and given the potential for winning ways under a changed conference alignment and state division placement.
The defending South-West Conference champion Newtown High School gymnastics team is preparing for what Coach Keirsten Raccio and her competitors hope will be another successful season. The Nighthawks lost just one senior, Leah Wallace, and not only bring back a wealth of talent but also bring in some newcomers who bring plenty of skill to the uneven bars, balance beam, vault, and floor. Newtown has a dozen team members and the Nighthawks will be led by junior Kaitlyn Tumney on the vault, senior all around competitor Elisha Wilson, and senior beam standout Daisey Zheng, Raccio said.