Newtown High School’s girls’ volleyball team might have needed a perfect performance to have a legitimate shot at overcoming unbeaten Joel Barlow of Redding in the South-West Conference championship game at Weston High School on November 2. The Nighthawks put up a fight, but couldn’t upset the Falcons — the only SWC team to defeat the Hawks this fall. Barlow, after rolling to victories in the first two games of the pinnacle match, overcame a late four-point deficit to close out the victory in the third game for a 3-0 (25-12, 25-16, 25-22) triumph.
Newtown High School’s football team remained unbeaten with a 41-20 victory at New Fairfield on November 1. The win was highlighted by the efforts of quarterback Drew Tarantino who broke his own Newtown High School single season passing yardage record as well as the all-time NHS passing touchdowns record.
The loss of six players from last year’s squad certainly hasn’t slowed this year’s Newtown High School girls’ volleyball team. In fact, the Nighthawks have gone deeper in the conference tournament than they did a year ago.
Newtown High School’s boys’ soccer team saw its South-West Conference Tournament championship aspirations end in the title game the same way the team had kept its hopes alive in the tourney’s first round — via game-deciding penalty kicks following 100 minutes of scoreless soccer, which included a pair of ten-minute overtimes.
Newtown High School’s boys’ soccer team blanked Pomperaug of Southbury 2-0 in the South-West Conference Tournament semifinals on October 28, earning a spot in the October 30 championship game; and the Newtown girls’ volleyball squad topped Brookfield 3-1 (23-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-21) in the SWC quarterfinals, also on October 28, to clinch a spot in the October 30 semifinal round.
following 100 minutes of scoreless soccer, including a pair of ten-minute overtimes, prevailed in a round of penalty kicks to defeat visiting and seventh-seeded Masuk of Monroe 1-0 (4-2 in PKs) in a thrilling South-West Conference Tournament quarterfinal round game under the lights at Blue & Gold Stadium on October 26.
For much of its October 25 visit to top-seeded Lauralton Hall, it looked as if Newtown High School’s field hockey team was going to do something no other squad has managed to do this fall — defeat the Crusaders. The eighth-seeded Nighthawks, however, couldn’t hang onto a late 1-0 lead and fell 2-1 to the hosts in their South-West Conference Tournament quarterfinal round clash on a chilly late afternoon.
NEW MILFORD — Newtown High School’s girls’ soccer team overcame the wind, was even with the Green Wave through regulation and a pair of ten-minute overtime periods, but couldn’t pull through in the best-of-five round of penalty kicks to decide their October 26 playoff opener. The sixth-seeded Nighthawks lost 2-1 (4-1 in PKs) in their South-West Conference Tournament quarterfinal round visit to No. 3 New Milford.
As has been the case in most tilts this fall, Newtown High School’s football team piled on the points to build a big first-half lead before coasting to victory in its week seven game. The Nighthawks scored all of their points in the first two quarters and cruised to a 47-13 win over visiting Weston, under the lights at Blue & Gold Stadium on October 25. Newtown improved to 7-0 and the Trojans fell to 3-4.
The Newtown High School boys’ soccer team faced off against Pomeraug of Southbury in a battle for second place in the South-West Conference, at Blue & Gold Stadium on October 17. The two teams got together for Newtown’s senior night in the last regular season home game for the Nighthawks. Newtown came out victorious, 2-0.