The Nighthawks seem to have opponents right where they want them when trailing. Newtown High School’s boys’ basketball team has made a habit of erasing large deficits to scratch out close victories this season, the latest a 49-45 win over visiting Stratford on February 11. Newtown trailed by six points at halftime and but eked out the win to improve to 10-6 overall and 8-2 in South-West Conference play. Only a few days earlier, in a February 7 contest between two of the top teams in the SWC, the Nighthawks had host Weston right where they wanted the Trojans. In a game of runs and huge momentum swings, Newtown trailed by seven points late in the fourth quarter. The Nighthawks chipped away, but ultimately came up short in a 52-50 Weston win. Both teams came into the contest with identical conference records, and Weston walked away with an 8-1 mark (11-3 overall).
The Newtown Soccer Club is hosting tryouts for a boys U9/U10 travel team to compete this spring season. The tryouts will be held during the week of March 10. The newly-formed team will compete in the Southwest District and be eligible for the Newtown Memorial Day Tournament.
The Newtown High School girls’ basketball team ensured that it will continue its season once the regular campaign is complete by clinching a Class LL state playoff berth. The Nighthawks did so by earning their eighth win of the season in a 41-20 triumph over visiting Weston on February 6. Newtown held a 16-2 lead after one quarter of play, and went ahead 28-6 at halftime before cruising past its winless foes. Cassie Ekstrom had a dozen points as nine Nighthawks registered at least one point. Haley Ryan who, along with Ekstrom, sank a pair of 3-pointers, added six points. Eliza Eggleston had five, and Mali Klorczyk, Caroline Chocholak, and Mary Joe Rossi all scored four. Micaela Nowacki had three points, Kelly Merrick scored two, and Lauren Wilcox added one.
NYA Sports & Fitness is offering the following activities:
*Boston Bruins 2nd Annual Floor Hockey Event — Monday, February 17: Stop by to kickoff the start of the floor street hockey season. Reserve a spot at the free event by registering at nyasportsfitness.com.
Newtown High School’s gymnastics team had three competitions this past week, and came out on top in two of them. Newtown capped off the busy stretch of meets with a visit to Daniel Hand of Madison on February 11.
Throughout the years, Chris Bray coached up-and-coming wrestlers in the Newtown Youth Wrestling Association’s (NYWA) middle school and elementary programs. He taught young grapplers and prepared them to become strong high school competitors for nearly a decade. As it turned out, he was shaping many of them to become his team members once again, down the road.
Newtown High School’s hockey team members hope to get some extra ice time in March with runs deep in the conference and state playoffs. For now, they’re getting more shots, saves, and hits thanks to overtime games in the regular season. The Nighthawks played in their fifth overtime battle of the campaign — a tilt that ended in a scoreless deadlock with host New Fairfield-Immaculate of Danbury — at Danbury Ice Arena on February 8. Newtown is 2-0-3 in OT battles.
Newtown High School senior Jenna Calandro earned the Class LL state title in the pole vault event by clearing the bar with a height of 11 feet, seven inches in the championship meet at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven on February 8. It may have been a little short of Calandro’s school indoor track record-setting 12-foot-3 effort but it was enough to beat out her closest competitor by more than a foot. And, what’s more, it set a Class LL championship record.
The Newtown and Joel Barlow high school hockey teams will play their first annual Warrior Cup game on Thursday, February 13. The game will be played at Danbury Ice Arena at 5:30 pm. It was originally to have been played on February 5 but snow postponed it. Both teams are joining forces to raise funds to support the Wounded Warrior Project.