Newtown High School’s boys’ soccer team took the field against New Milford on October 3, and routed the Green Wave 5-1. The Nighthawks then blanked Brookfield 4-0 on October 8 to improve to 6-3-2 this season. Both games were held at Blue & Gold Stadium.
Newtown High School’s boys’ and girls’ cross country teams competed in regular season-ending meets at New Milford High School on October 8. The boys beat Oxford 15-50, edged Pomperaug of Southbury 26-30, and lost to New Milford 18-46 to finish the regular season with a record of 11-3. New Milford’s runners took eight of the top 11 spots so it quickly became about Newtown and Pomperaug.
Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team defeated host Stratford 85-71 on October 4, then lost 102-84 to visiting Lauralton Hall of Milford on October 8 in the final home meet of the campaign.
NYA Sports & Fitness Center will host its fifth Open Play Day on Friday, October 18. All Newtown children in grades 7-8 are invited to visit NYA between 3 and 4:30 pm; grades 5-6 will have open access from 4:30 to 6 pm; K-4 will have the facility from 6 to 7:30; and high school students will be welcomed from 7:30 until 9 pm. Children visiting the center on Friday will also be given a surprise gift, as NYA celebrates its fifth birthday. In addition, children and parents will have the opportunity to meet and thank Nichole Blackburn, of Big Sky Countries, for painting a 100-foot mural within NYA depicting community and recreation centric scenes.
The Fourth Annual Turkey Trot 5K Road Race, in support of C.H. Booth Library, will be held on Thanksgiving morning, November 28, at 7:45 am. The course remains the same as last year’s with a start at Hawley Elementary School, a downhill stretch on Main Street past the flagpole, and the finish at Newtown Middle School. A steep hill on Schoolhouse Road at the start of the course and another long hill on Grand Place at the end of the course will guarantee that all runners will earn their stuffing on Thanksgiving Day. There will also be a 2 kilometer walk. Walkers will have the same start and stop points, but will turn off Schoolhouse onto Wendover Road and then make their way to the middle school.
The Newtown High School girls’ volleyball team will host Oxford for their annual breast cancer fundraiser on Friday, October 11. Oxford’s visit to NHS marks the fifth annual Dig Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Match put on by the rival South-West Conference Schools. Dig Pink attendees are asked to wear something pink and contribute to support breast cancer health awareness. All money from the donations, raffle, and concessions will go to the Side-Out Foundation and also to the Sole Sisters, a group of Sandy Hook breast cancer survivors raising money for breast cancer research and awareness.
Twenty-six local runners will be hitting the streets of Hartford next weekend, participating in either the full or half versions of the ING Hartford Marathon. And while their feet will be in the capital city, their hearts and collective energy will be with their friends and neighbors from Newtown who were deeply affected by the events of 12/14. According to primary organizer Sarah Baroody, MD, the group of runners has a mission to raise $10,000 and are almost there, with more than $7,000 raised so far. The ultimate beneficiary of their efforts October 12 will be the 12.14 Foundation.
Newtown High School’s football team overcame its first deficit of the season, a trio of rushing touchdowns called back on holding penalties, the opposition recovering an onside kick, and a pair of interceptions — including one that was returned for a touchdown — to pull out a 49-36 win under the lights at Joel Barlow on October 4.The visiting Nighthawks converted a pair of crucial fourth down plays, one for a touchdown and another which led to a score, en route to improving to 4-0. The Falcons came out on the short end for the first time this fall, dropping to 3-1.Quarterback Drew Tarantino threw six touchdown passes for Newtown — three each to Julian Dunn and Troy Frangione — and defensive end Ryan Shaw came up with a game-icing interception and TD. Shaw picked off a final-minute pass at the two yard line and took one...
he Nighthawks kept piling up the high-percentage scoring opportunities, only to have Bunnell of Stratford goalkeeper Jeremy Proto make saves or see their shots sail just wide in a boys’ soccer clash at Blue & Gold Stadium on September 30. Finally, about 14 minutes into the second half, a cross attempt by Newtown’s Grant Ricketts ricocheted off a diving Proto and into the net. That fluky goal proved to be the difference as Newtown High School’s booters ended a mini two-game losing skid in a 1-0 win.
Newtown High School’s girls’ soccer team had easily its toughest test of the campaign in a September 26 visit to unbeaten Joel Barlow of Redding. The Nighthawks suffered a 1-0 setback for their first regular-season loss since October of 2011, but the Hawks bounced back with a 5-1 win over visiting New Fairfield two days later. Newtown then tied host Bunnell of Stratford 1-1 on September 30 to carry a 6-1-1 record into an October 3 clash with New Milford.