There’s no question, coaches coach to win. They drive their players to maximize their abilities, push them to do better — and, yes, sometimes yell at them to fix their mistakes. Winning is one of the driving forces behind involvement in sports in general.
The pool at Newtown High School will be closing for public use on Thursday, May 22, at 7:15 am, for the season. The pool at Treadwell Park, on Philo Curtis Road, and the beach at Eichler’s Cove Beach & Marina, at the end of Old Beach Road, will open for the season on Saturday, May 24.
Newtown High School’s boys’ tennis team, despite the loss of a handful of seniors a year ago, reached the South-West Conference championship match before falling 6-1 to top-seeded and host Weston on May 20.
Newtown High School’s boys’ tennis team edged Pomperaug of Southbury 4-3 in the South-West Conference Tournament semifinals on May 19. The Nighthawks advanced to take on Weston in the May 20 championship match, scheduled for 4:15 pm at Weston High.
Matt Memoli has played in, and coached, a lot of baseball games — recreation, high school, and collegiate ball included. Until a May 10 visit to Bridgeport’s Ballpark at Harbor Yard, home of the Bluefish, he’d never been a part of anything like this one: a wild 16-15 Newtown High School victory over Masuk of Monroe. A game in which his Nighthawks overcame football-like 8-0 and 15-6 deficits to somehow steal a victory.
Thirteen has proven to be a lucky number for Newtown High School’s softball team lately. That’s the run total the Nighthawks put up on the scoreboards in three of four games — all wins — this past week, as they made it five straight wins and improved to 10-6 overall (8-3 in South-West Conference) heading into a May 15 scheduled clash with Lauralton Hall of Milford. The Hawks defeated host New Milford 13-0 on May 7, defeated visiting Stratford 13-1 on May 9, and came from behind to beat Brookfield 7-5, in a road game on May 12, before returning home to topple Bethel 13-0 on May 13. All of those blowouts were shortened games, ended via the 12-run lead mercy rule.
Newtown High School’s girls’ track and field team improved to 12-0 by defeating three opponents at Brookfield High School on May 12, and the boys’ squad went 2-1 on Senior Night at Blue & Gold Stadium on May 13. Both squads also participated in the Spartan Midnight-Sunrise Invitational at Amity High School in Woodbridge May 9-10. In their visit to Brookfield, Newtown defeated the host Bobcats 111.5-38.5, defeated Weston 83-67, and topped New Fairfield 112.2-33.5.
Newtown High School’s girls’ tennis team defeated host Masuk at Monroe’s Wolf Park on May 9, topped host Notre Dame-Fairfield on May 12, and defeated visiting Stratford, at Dickinson Park, on May 13 — winning all three matches by 7-0 scores.
Newtown High School’s girls’ lacrosse team defeated Bethel and Notre Dame-Fairfield this week to improve to 11-3 overall and 4-1 in South-West Conference play heading into a May 15 scheduled visit to FCIAC foe New Canaan. The Newtown boys’ lacrosse team, after beating Notre Dame, suffered a tough double overtime loss to nonconference opponent Glastonbury to stand at 10-3 (4-1) heading into scheduled home games with Stratford and Staples of Westport on Wednesday and Thursday.