The postseason is wrapping up for one sport and getting going for another as wrestling and basketball playoffs continue this weekend. Newtown High School’s wrestling team, coming off South-West Conference and Class LL state championships, is going for a State Open crown. The event is slated to start at 4:30 pm on Friday, February 27, and conclude with the finals, beginning at 5:30 pm, on Saturday, February 28. All competition unfolds on the mats at the Floyd Little Athletic Center on 480 Sherman Parkway in New Haven. On the hardwood, Newtown High’s boys’ basketball team begins postseason action on Friday, February 27, when the sixth-seeded Nighthawks visit Joel Barlow, 100 Black Rock Turnpike in Redding, for a 7 pm South-West Conference quarterfinal round game.
Newtown High School’s boys’ swimming and diving team defeated Joel Barlow of Redding 95-70 on Senior Night, February 18. The team is now gearing up — really tapering and shaving — for the start of the postseason. Newtown Coach Zach Gauvin said his team swam a lot of season-best times in the regular-season finale — a good sign given the swimmers hadn’t begun the annual workout taper and body shave to be at their best for the postseason.
Come-from-behind efforts have become commonplace for Newtown High School’s girls’ basketball team, but the Nighthawks outdid themselves in a pair of thrilling South-West Conference tournament games this week. Unfortunately for the Hawks, ultimately they were outdone by the opposition. The Nighthawks trailed by as many as 13 points in the second half, and a dozen in the fourth quarter, before coming back to force overtime, and eventually double OT, then finally succumbing to visiting Notre Dame-Fairfield 79-74 in the semifinals on February 24.
Newtown High School’s boys’ basketball team lost a 46-45 overtime heart-breaker at Stratford High, during Stratford’s Senior Night, in the regular-season finale on February 24. The end result is that the Nighthawks, 13-7 overall, finish as one of four teams with 8-5 records in South-West Conference play and, as a result of head-to-head matchups and tiebreakers, are the No. 6 seed and will visit third-seeded Joel Barlow of Redding in the SWC tournament quarterfinals. The teams will meet at 7 pm on Friday, February 27.
Two years, two state titles … and a pair of championships in as many weeks for Newtown High School’s wrestling team. The Nighthawks successfully defended their state championship, seven days after claiming a conference crown, easily outscoring runner-up Danbury in the February 20-21 Class LL state meet at Trumbull High School.
Held to just nine first-half points, Newtown High School’s girls’ basketball team used tenacious defense to generate explosive offense in the third quarter – riding a 21-2 run to a 48-37 win over visiting Immaculate of Danbury in the South-West Conference tournament quarterfinals on February 21. Newtown, the second seed in the bracket, survived an early scare from the seventh-seeded Mustangs. With the win, the Nighthawks earn another game on their home floor, since Newtown is the designated site for the conference semifinals. The Hawks will take on third-seeded Notre Dame-Fairfield at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, February 24.
The defending Class LL state champion Newtown High School wrestling team has put itself into good position to repeat with 11 of 14 grapplers getting all the way to the semifinal round at Trumbull High School on Saturday, February 21. The Nighthawks had 13 grapplers advance to the quarterfinals which took place Saturday morning. Newtown, coming off its South-West Conference title, is trying to defeat Xavier of Middletown and Danbury, among other tough Class LL schools. The championship rounds are expected to begin at about 2:30 pm, shortly after the completion of the semifinals.
Newtown High School’s boys’ basketball team earned a big 42-40 win over Weston on Senior Night, February 20. The Nighthawks honored final-year players Charlie Huegi, Jacob Burden, Harry Depuy, Will Dalton, and Jeremy Doski, and proceeded to pick up a win that could loom large in the conference playoff picture.
The Harlem Wizards are coming back to Newtown for a comedy basketball game on Sunday, February 22. The game will be played at Newtown High School beginning at 3 pm. The Wizards will take on a team of Newtown teachers and school staff as they have done in the past. Tickets are $10 for students and $12 for adults at the door. Throughout the game, fans will experience a magical display of tricks, coordinated ball handling, fancy passing, and aerodynamic athleticism, combined with high-energy comedy and audience interaction.
Newtown High School’s girls’ basketball South-West Conference playoff game has again been rescheduled to an earlier start time; the game has been bumped to 1 pm on Saturday, February 21, due to anticipated snow. The State Open track championships, initially scheduled to begin at noon on Saturday, will now begin at 10 am. The track meet will take place at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven.