For most soccer teams, protecting a slim lead for less than ten minutes might not seem like all that much time. But when Newtown’s Sarah Houle banged home a shot off the goal post with about eight minutes to play, the time between the goal and the final whistle probably seemed like an eternity for the Nighthawks. Newtown preserved a 1-0 win over Bunnell of Stratford, at Treadwell Park, on September 17. It marked the third time in as many games to start the season that the Hawks struck late to break a tie to score a victory; the first two came in the final half minute and two-plus minutes of regulation, respectively, making Houle’s second game-decider of the fall seem far less dramatic than her first winner — when she lifted Newtown to a 3-2 win over New Fairfield with only seconds remaining — as well as Alana Murray’s late-game clincher in a 3-2 win over Brookfield in game two.
Coming off a pair of defeats to FCIAC and state powerhouse programs St Joseph of Trumbull and Darien, Newtown High School’s girls’ volleyball team was staring at a very real possibility of falling to 0-3 to start the campaign. South-West Conference rival Joel Barlow of Redding visited on September 18, and the Nighthawks stepped up their game for a 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-22) triumph. It’s too early for a team to have a must-win match, or is it? “We needed it. We definitely needed it for team morale,” Newtown Coach Tom Czaplinski said. Newtown continued its winning ways with a 3-0 (25-9, 25-7, 25-20) triumph over visiting Kolbe Cathedral of Bridgeport, on September 21.
Organizers of Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue’s 28th Annual George & Timothy Powell Golf Tournament announce that there are still openings for players and sponsors. The tournament, which serves as a fundraiser for the company, will be on Monday, September 28. It will be played Newtown Country Club, 1 Country Club Road.
Running any sort of race is an accomplishment. A marathon, now that’s a big achievement. How about seven marathons? No, not in a lifetime — in seven days! That’s what Newtown’s Bruce Goulart did recently, completing Mainly Marathon’s New England Series in late August. Phew, now that that’s over with. … Actually, for Goulart, 65, this wasn’t a one-time (seven-in-one-time?) thing. It wasn’t that he lost a wager or had a “bet you can’t do that” dare from somebody. For Goulart, running (a lot) is just a serious hobby.
Newtown Youth Basketball registration for the 2015-16 season is underway, and open through October 15, but $25 a late fee will be assessed after September 30. Registration is limited and on a first come, first served basis; no changes made to rosters once set.
Newtown High school’s football team cashed in on four consecutive drives that began in Notre Dame-Fairfield territory to the tune of a 28-point second quarter on its way to a 45-7 win in the home opener, at Blue & Gold Stadium, on September 18. The Nighthawks, who blanked Pomperaug of Southbury 42-0 in week one, held the Lancers off the scoreboard until late in the fourth quarter. It was 42-0 at halftime; one week after Newtown built a 35-0 bulge by the intermission.
Up-and-coming wrestlers got some pointers from coaches and Newtown High School grapplers during the Newtown Youth Wrestling Association’s Introduction To Youth Wrestling clinic, at NYA Sports & Fitness, on September 12. There will be another free clinic on Sunday, September 20, from 10 to 11:45 am — at NYA Sports & Fitness, 4 Primrose Street. The clinics are open to participants ranging from pre-kindergarteners to eighth graders.
No sense easing into the campaign. Newtown High School’s girls’ volleyball team opened things with a visit to defending state Class M runner-up St Joseph on September 15, the day before a match with another nonconference powerhouse from the FCIAC, Darien — last year’s Class LL champion. Newtown, after winning its first game against St Joes, hung close in games two through four, but St Joes prevailed 3-1 (24-26, 25-20, 25-20, 25-22). Darien posted a 3-0 (25-12, 25-18, 25-14) win in the second match.
Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team won its season-opening meet, defeating visiting Joel Barlow of Redding 97-80 on September 11. The Nighthawks built a 97-42 lead through nine events before exhibitioning the final three.
Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ cross country teams each started the season with victories over three opponents in races at Newtown’s home course, adjacent to Reed School on the grounds of Fairfield Hills, on September 15. The girls beat New Fairfield 17-42, topped Weston 17-44, and defeated Bethel 15-46. The boys defeated New Fairfield 20-35, Weston 15-50, and Bethel 15-50.