NYA Sports & Fitness Center and Newtown’s Commission on Aging recently unveiled a series of programs for residents age 50 and over. The new initiative is supported by a large body of evidence that links planned exercise with good health and longevity. On Wednesday, October 28, at 11 am, Patrick T. Fisher, executive director of Connecticut Sports Management Group, Inc, will offer an informational seminar on the 2016 Connecticut Masters Games.
Newtown High School’s boys’ soccer team’s opponents have the challenging task of deciding who to mark closely, or when to apply a double team strategy. Goal scoring, for the Nighthawks, has come from all over the field as 13 players have found the back of the net this fall. In a 6-1 win at Stratford on October 13, six players scored; in a 4-0 blanking of visiting Kolbe Cathedral of Bridgeport, at Blue & Gold Stadium on October 15, four players scored. The team’s starting lineup has changed on a game-by-game basis, making it a true team effort as the Nighthawks, coming off a 2-0 win over visiting East Lyme on October 17, and a 2-1 edging of visiting Notre Dame-Fairfield, on October 20, carried an 11-2-1 record into their final two regular-season games.
There’s no question that goal scorers have played a significant role in the success of Newtown High School’s field hockey team, but if not for solid defensive efforts in many of their games, the Nighthawks wouldn’t have pulled out wins, or salvaged overtime points. An advantage the Nighthawks have in the back is familiarly as the defenders have played together for multiple seasons. “We work really well together,” Kayla DiSibio said.
With state championship meets still ahead, the season may not be over, but all of the hard work and training members of the Newtown High School girls’ cross country team have put in this fall has already paid off. The Nighthawks raced to the South-West Conference title in the 12-school championship meet, at Bethel High School, on October 21. Newtown, with four finishers among the top seven — and its five scorers in the top 16 — made it a runaway. The Hawks scored 35 points and the next closest team, Pomperaug of Southbury, finished with 51. The Newtown High boys’ squad, with a score of 101, placed fourth in the 13-school, 91-runner race.
Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team celebrated Senior Night with a 90-86 victory over visiting Immaculate of Danbury/Bethel on October 15. A trio of first-place finishes to start the meet staked the Hawks to an early lead, the they went on to exhibition the final two events after locking up the team triumph. Because it was Senior Night, several Nighthawks had a chance to compete in events they typically don’t swim, and a group of divers even comprised a relay squad. At the end of the meet, members of the Newtown coaching staff jumped into the pool, fully dressed.
Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ soccer teams earned victories on October 15. The boys scored four second-half goals to blank visiting Kolbe Cathedral of Bridgeport 4-0, at Blue & Gold Stadium, and the girls’ soccer team posted a 7-1 win at Kolbe. The boys’ booters stretched their winning streak to six, and unbeaten run to seven. Omar Rodriquez, Josh Houle, James Carney, and James Cochrane all scored, and Paul O’Leary, Brian Araujo, and Owen Sampson had assists.
Sparked by first-half goals off the sticks of Lauren Zimmerman and Alison Kelleher, Newtown High School’s field hockey team edged visiting Lauralton Hall of Milford 2-1, in a game under the lights at Blue & Gold Stadium, on October 14. In a reunion of former conference rivals, the South-West Conference’s Nighthawks handed the Southern Connecticut Conference’s Crusaders a loss, despite surrendering 19 shots toward the cage. The field hockey team also won on October 13, blanking New Fairfield 3-0. Both of Newtown's soccer teams defeated Stratford on October 13. The boys won 6-1 on the road, and girls prevailed 1-0 at home.
With the postseason drawing closer, Newtown High School’s girls’ swim team members’ times are not dropping like they were early on in the season, but for good reason: Fatigue. “We’ve been doing the hardest work of the season, by far, this week,” Coach Zach Gauvin said after his team earned an 86-74 road win over Stratford, exhibitioning the final four events after securing the team win, on October 9. “We’re getting into that final push into the championship season,” Gauvin said.
Newtown High School’s girls’ cross country team concluded the regular season with wins over three opponents on October 13, to finish the campaign with a 12-1 record and, in the process, earned the South-West Conference’s Colonial Division championship. Newtown beat host Joel Barlow of Redding and Kolbe Cathedral of Bridgeport each by 15-50 scores, and topped Masuk of Monroe 15-47. The boys’ cross country team also swept the competition in the final race, as Newtown edged Barlow 28-30, and beat Kolbe and Masuk both by 15-50 scores. With the team’s top three runners Brenden Reeds, Riley Rising, and Joel Duval all sidelined with injuries, the Nighthawks showed their depth as other team members stepped up.
Newtown High School’s girls’ volleyball team won three of four matches October 7-14, beating Pomperaug of Southbury and Bunnell of Stratford each in five games, falling to Woodstock Academy in three, and blanking Bethel in three. Against Bethel, the Nighthawks won 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-17). Newtown (8-5 overall) will host Immaculate of Danbury on Friday, October 16, starting at 6:30 pm.