The Harlem Wizards returned to Newtown High School on Sunday, February 22, to perform a comedy basketball game against a team of Newtown teachers and school staff to raise money for the district’s PTSA and PTAs. Head O’ Meadow physical education teacher Steve Dreger coached the Newtown team, called, “Newtown Teachers Unite,” and said, following the event, that the game was a “blowout.” However, Coach Dreger added that the audience responded throughout the game and everyone had fun.
Newtown High School’s Tommy Horan won the 100 yard backstroke race at the South-West Conference championship swim meet, at Masuk High on March 6. Horan made his final touch in a time of 54.74, cutting nearly three seconds from his season’s best time of 57.83. The Nighthawks scored 331.50 points to place fourth as a team behind first-place Pomperaug of Southbury (663), Brookfield (522.50), and Weston (390). On the wrestling mats, the Nighthawks are battling in the New England championships in North Andover, Mass.
Newtown High School’s girls’ basketball team’s Class LL state playoff second round contest, on the road against Mercy of Middletown, will take place at 5 pm tonight, March 6. The game was originally listed to have a 7 pm start time as is listed in The Bee’s March 6 print edition coverage of Nighthawks. Also tonight, the South-West Conference boys’ swimming championships will unfold at Masuk High in Monroe, beginning a 6 pm.
Ethan Cox scored a hat-trick and Domenic Cartelli netted two goals to help Newtown High School hockey team to a 6-5 win over Wethersfield-Rocky Hill-Middletown at Danbury Ice Arena on March 5. Cartelli broke a 5-5 deadlock on a slap shot from just inside the blue line with just 19 seconds left in regulation. The win pushed Newtown (4-16 overall) into 16th place in the Division III rankings, apparently sealing the final seed in the playoff bracket.
Newtown High School’s girls’ basketball team held visiting Conard of West Hartford to just a dozen second-half points on the way to a 45-37 victory in the first round of the Class LL state tournament on March 4. The Nighthawks, seeded 14th in the bracket, trailed only once in the second half before advancing past the Chieftains. The Hawks had four players in double figures as Olyvia Shaw poured in 12 points, Mali Klorczyk scored 11 points, and Haley Ryan and Lauren Wilcox both dropped in ten. Kelly Merrick added a basket and blocked five shots. Shaw and Klorczyk had 12 and eight rebounds, respectively, and Sarah Lynch dished out nine assists. The Nighthawks sank six 3-pointers — two apiece by Klorczyk, Ryan, and Wilcox.
Newtown High School’s gymnastics team placed seventh in the Class L state championship meet, at Pomperaug High in Southbury, on February 28. The Nighthawks scored 125.375 points; Southington won the competition with a score of 139.125. Anna Jannott had the best score on the balance beam, a 9.025, among competitors from all eight schools. She also scored an 8.4 on the vault, a 7.925 on the bars, and an 8.825 for her floor exercise.
Newtown High School’s girls’ basketball team’s Class LL state tournament first round game, originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 3, has been postponed because of an anticipated winter storm. Newtown will host Conard at 5 pm on Wednesday, March 4.
There wasn’t much, if any, question as to which team was the best in all of the state. But Newtown High School’s wrestling team put to rest any doubts there may have been by earning the State Open championship, at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven, on February 28. The Nighthawks had a pair of individual champions as sophomores Joe Accousti, in the 152 pound weight division, and Anthony Falbo, at 170, took home titles. This marked the second State Open triumph in as many chances for Falbo.
Newtown High School’s boys’ basketball team dropped a 55-45 decision to host Joel Barlow of Redding in the South-West Conference Tournament quarterfinals on February 27. The third-seeded Falcons broke open a four-point lead midway through the fourth quarter to advance to the semifinals. Sixth-seeded Newtown got 11 points each from Will Dalton and Jacob Burden, nine points from Charlie Huegi, seven from Jeremy Doski, four from Harry Depuy, and three from Tom Cotton.