The postseason got underway with South-West Conference tournament action on the tennis courts, on May 18, and now the rest of Newtown High School’s teams will get going in the playoffs. On the lacrosse field, the NHS boys’ squad earned the SWC Division I tourney’s No. 4 seed and a quarterfinal-round home game. Fifth-seeded Weston visits Blue & Gold Stadium on Thursday, May 21, for a 6 pm battle. Newtown earned a 10-3 win at Weston in a regular-season game, on April 28.
Newtown High School’s softball team finished the regular season with a nine-game winning streak, capped off by a 9-0 shutout victory at Masuk of Monroe, on May 18, and an 8-1 thumping of visiting New Milford on Senior Night, the next day. In the victory at Masuk, Lauren Wilcox was dominant in the pitcher’s circle, striking out eight batters and allowing only a trio of hits. Mikayla Kuligowski delivered three more hits; Sara Kennedy had four hits, including a triple, and drove in four runs; Emily Woznick had three hits and a pair of RBI and Katie Laaksonen added two runs batted in.
An opportunity to lock up one of the South-West Conference’s top four seeds and a first-round tournament home game hinged on Newtown High School’s baseball team ending rival Masuk’s ten-game winning streak. The Nighthawks, in their May 18 visit to Monroe, certainly gave the Panthers a fight — taking them into extra innings before falling 2-1. Newtown got back to its high-scoring ways in a 12-1 throttling of Weston, the next day.
Newtown High School’s track and field teams concluded the regular season with meets this past week. The girls had their Senior Day meet on May 19, and swept the competition to complete a perfect regular season at 13-0. Newtown’s boys’ squad, meanwhile, defeated two of three opponents in a meet at Bethel, on May 18, and finished 9-5. The teams will compete in the South-West Conference championships in Weston on Tuesday, May 27, beginning at 4 pm.
Newtown High School’s softball team wrapped up the top seed in the upcoming South-West Conference playoffs by blanking host Masuk of Monroe 9-0, on May 18. The Newtown baseball team, meanwhile, dropped a 2-1 extra inning battle with Masuk that lasted nine innings, the same afternoon. The baseball team’s playoff seeding had yet to be determined. The NHS boys’ lacrosse team hosted Joel Barlow of Redding, on Senior Night, May 18, and fell 10-8.
Both of Newtown High School’s lacrosse teams were in action on May 14 and 16. The Nighthawk squads won a combined three of four contests. The girls, coming off a 12-9 win over visiting South-West Conference foe Immaculate of Danbury, on May 14, dropped a 17-7 decision to visiting nonconference opponent Simsbury, on May 16. Newtown’s boys’ team, after its most lopsided game of the spring – a 21-5 triumph at Immaculate – edged host Staples of Westport 7-6 in a nonconference clash, two days later. The boys improved to 11-4 overall and have had eight one-goal nail-biters.
What a couple of days for Newtown High School’s softball team. The Nighthawks swept a two-opponent double header at Treadwell Park on May 13, then scored a dozen runs in the last two innings of a wild 20-12 victory over host New Milford, the next day. Mikayla Kuligowski had four base hits, including her 100th career knock, in the win over New Milford. Jill Lasorsa hit a tie-breaking grand slam in an 8-2 win over Norwalk the day before; Sara Kennedy pitched for her first varsity win. And the Nighthawks also toppled New Fairfield 15-3 in the second game of the split double header.
Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ golf teams picked up victories this past week. The girls’ squad won four matches to stay unbeaten at 11-0 overall; the boys won three matches and also tied for first in the Woodland Invitational, and stand at 9-3 overall. The Newtown girls shot a 189 to defeat both Bunnell of Stratford (242) and Brookfield (261) in a match at Rock Ridge Country Club on May 6. Sarah Houle shot a 43, Molly Wilson had a 44, Liz Weisgerber shot a 54, and Brenna Kelly had a 48. The Nighthawks shot a 188 to defeat host Brookfield (232) in a match on May 11. Houle and Molly Wilson each shot a 42, Weisgerber shot a 51, and Halle Wilson had a 53.
Newtown High School’s baseball team extended its winning streak to seven games by blasting visiting Stratford 15-2 in a game at Fairfield Hills on May 6. Newtown lost its next contest, a 4-3 nail-biter at Bethel on May 8, then got back into the win column with a 7-3 triumph over visiting Berlin the next day. The Nighthawks improved to 12-4 overall with a 9-0 blanking of Notre Dame-Fairfield, on May 11. The Hawks were blanked 2-0 by New Fairfield, in a game at Fairfield Hills, on May 13. They carry a 12-5 overall record into the final three games of the season.
Newtown High School’s girls’ tennis team extended its winning streak to ten before dropping a 5-2 decision to Weston in the regular-season finale, on May 13; the finished 11-5 this season. The boys’ squad, meanwhile, finished off the regular season with six straight victories to post a 10-4 mark.