Newtown High School’s boys’ soccer team scored a 3-0 win at Weston in a South-West Conference clash, on Saturday, October 10. Shane Gattey scored when he hooked in a corner kick, and James Carney and Jack Oltran also hit the back of the net for the soccer team’s fourth straight win, and fifth consecutive game without a loss. Against Weston, goalkeepers Zach Laros and Nick Beourgouis combined to make five saves in the team’s third shutout victory in its last four contests.
Newtown’s Steve Kopcik won Stafford Motor Speedway’s SK Lite Modified division championship, in Stafford Springs, logging just one first-place finish in 22 races this summer, but using that steady (and of course, fast) approach to finish tops in overall points. Kopcik, 17 and in his second year racing in this division, recorded 19 top-five finishes, including 11 straight to close out the race season.
Newtown High School’s sports teams had a successful start to the weekend. The field hockey team blanked Brookfield, the girls’ swimming and diving squad bested Stratford, and the girls’ volleyball team pulled out its second straight five-game match, edging Bunnell of Stratford, all on Friday, October 9. The field hockey team improved to 5-2-1 overall with a 2-0 win. In the pool, the Nighthawks cruised to an 86-74 road win. On the volleyball court, the Nighthawks overcame a 20-12 game-four deficit to force a decisive fifth game en route to edging host Bunnell 3-2 (17-25, 25-20, 23-25, 26-24, 15-8).
The field hockey game between Newtown High School and Brookfield High, scheduled for Friday, October 9, will take place at 3:45 pm as planned, but the location of the game has been changed. Originally slated to take place at Treadwell Park, the matchup will now unfold on the turf at Blue & Gold Stadium. The Nighthawks have a record of 4-2-1, and the Bobcats come into the game with a mark of 4-6 overall.
Newtown High School’s varsity football game, originally to be played on Friday, October 9, has been rescheduled for Monday, October 12, because of the threat of thunderstorms, Newtown High School Athletic Director Gregg Simon announced, on Friday morning. The Nighthawks and Bunnell of Stratford Bulldogs will play at 7 pm in a Columbus Day clash, under the lights at Blue & Gold Stadium.
Sure, Newtown High School’s girls’ soccer team — which came into the campaign with a fairly inexperienced varsity lineup — has had a pretty nice go of it thus far, matching its win total of a year ago with five victories in as many games to start its 2015 season. But there were plenty of positives to be found in a 3-1 loss at Immaculate of Danbury on October 8. “The takeaway here has to be — this is a good effort, now this has to be the standard going forward,” Newtown Coach Marc Kenney said.
For the first time in ten matches this season, Newtown High School’s girls’ volleyball team played a five-game match. The October 7 home match against Pomperaug of Southbury turned out to be a successful one for the Nighthawks as they prevailed 3-2 (18-25, 25-18, 25-18, 20-25, 15-13) to improve to 6-4 overall. In the process, the Nighthawks handed the Panthers just their second loss in 11 matches. Newtown’s serving game, led by a team-high ten aces by Jamie Calandro, was a difference-maker in this outcome. Calandro also had 20 kills and 18 digs. Tessa Leon-Gambetta compiled 24 digs; and Sarah Bender had 15 assists to go along with five kills and ten digs.
Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team defeated host New Fairfield 101-80, on October 2, and the Nighthawks fell 92-89 to the visiting Pomperaug Panthers of Southbury on October 6. Despite coming up a bit short against Pomperaug, the Nighthawks impressed their coach, Zach Gauvin.
“I thought the girls swam really well against one of the best teams in the state in Pomperaug. We’ve been training really hard lately and I thought the girls might be swimming tired, but they stepped up to the plate and swam tough,” he said.
Heading into the October 6 race against a tough Pomperaug of Southbury squad, Doug Russell, Newtown High School’s girls’ cross country coach, was excited to see what his team would do. After Pomperaug’s Ivy Walker led the field, winning the 5K course on the grounds of Fairfield Hills (finishing in a time of 19:21), in came Newtown’s Sarah Mawdsley (19:39), and teammate Lu Hage (19:52), followed by Erin Tressler (20:02) and Emma Bayuk (20:25). Newtown’s ownership of the two through five spots helped seal a 25-33 win. The Nighthawks also bested Brookfield, 15-49, to improve to 9-1 with just one regular season meet (an October 13 visit to Joel Barlow of Redding) on the slate before the postseason gets underway.
The Old Timer’s Association of Greater Danbury inducted Newtown’s Nancy Olson Bowen into its organization, and she was recognized at its 52 Annual Awards Dinner, held recently at The Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury. Bowen was also recognized by the Old Timer’s Association when she was a high school senior. A 1977 graduate of Danbury High School, Bowen (nee Nancy Olson) was the first female recipient of the association’s scholarship for high school seniors.