It’s hard to say which block of matches is most significant for Newtown High School’s boys’ tennis team: A four-match winning streak that unfolded April 13–21, or back-to-back hard-fought setbacks to tough South-West Conference foes Weston and Pomperaug of Southbury, April 25 and 27, respectively. After all, those victories were the team’s first four wins of the campaign, and provided a boost of confidence for the Nighthawks, and the losses came to familiar foes whom the Nighthawks will likely have to try to overcome in the conference tournament; not to mention those squads are providing good tests which should help the Hawks come both conference and state tournament time.
Newtown High School’s girls’ tennis team won four matches in five days to carry a 5-4 record into a scheduled visit to Bethel on April 30. The Nighthawks defeated host Weston 5-2 on April 25, edged host Pomperaug of Southbury 4-3 on April 27, got past visiting Bunnell of Stratford 4-3 the next day, then posted a 6-1 triumph over visiting Stratford on April 29.
The Sandy Hook-based LOF Adaptive Skiers will host its annual Adaptive Water Sports Training Day for volunteers on Saturday, May 30, from 8:30 am to 3 pm, at 90 Housatonic Drive on Lake Zoar. Individuals 16 years of age or older are welcome to join the event, which will provide instruction on new adaptive training techniques, standard safety protocols, best practice, and working with individuals with disabilities on the water, and is essential to ensure staff and volunteers are prepared. Registration is required, and must be done by May 15.
Newtown High School’s baseball team blanked host Brookfield 3-0 on April 23, then doubled up visiting Bunnell of Stratford 4-2, at Fairfield Hills on April 27 before posting a 5-2 win at Immaculate of Danbury the next day. In the win at Brookfield, the Nighthawks scored all of their runs in the top of the seventh inning. They mustered only four hits; the Bobcats committed five errors. Nick Lotrecchiano had a hit and a run batted in, and Jaret DeVellis drove in a run. Jason Hebner pitched four innings of four-hit ball; he struck out two batters and walked a pair. Andrew Ross allowed five hits in three shutout innings, walking one and striking out two along the way.
Clinging to a 4-2 lead as play began in the second half, Newtown High School’s boys’ lacrosse team seized control and pulled away for a 10-3 win at South-West Conference rival Weston, on April 28. Goaltender Tommy Elliot made one of his eight saves moments into the third quarter to help the Nighthawks maintain their two-goal advantage, which the Hawks promptly built on.
Newtown High School’s softball team won three games this past week, defeating host Brookfield 5-3 on April 23, then earning a pair of 12-0, six-inning, run-rule triumphs. The Nighthawks blanked visiting Joel Barlow of Redding on April 25, in a makeup game which was halted by rain three days earlier. Newtown repeated the feat with a dozen runs in a win over Bunnell of Stratford, in another home contest, on April 27.
Newtown High School’s boys’ tennis team defeated host Joel Barlow of Redding 5-2 on April 15, then toppled visiting Brookfield 7-0 the next day. Newtown edged Barlow, 4-3 in a rematch, on April 21. On the golf course, the first-year varsity girls’ squad has won three matches to begin the campaign. The Nighthawks won twice this week, topping Weston and Stratford. The NHS boys’ golfers, following a loss to Masuk of Monroe, on April 15, have won two in a row heading into a big match with Pomperaug of Southbury, set for April 27.
Newtown High School’s girls’ track and field team defeated host Pomperaug of Southbury 101-49, and Kolbe Cathedral of Bridgeport 150-0, on April 21. The season-opening meet was put on hold for an afternoon because of rain.
It’s still early in the season, but Newtown High School’s somewhat new-look girls’ lacrosse team is beginning to resemble the same old dominant squad it has been for several years. The ten-time South-West Conference champions, revamped with a new coach and several new faces following the graduation of a dozen players, won its second straight game, doubling up visiting Masuk of Monroe 16-8 on April 21.
The first charity Wingathlon will be held on Saturday, May 2, at the Fairfield Hills campus. Participants may choose from a Family 5K Run/Walk or a competitive Duathlon (5K run/26K cycle/5K run) event around the scenic roads of greater Newtown. The Wingathlon will benefit Dylan’s Wings of Change, a foundation established to honor the life of Dylan Hockley, who was killed in his classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. Dylan had autism and his parents, Nicole and Ian, created Dylan’s Wings of Change in order to help children with autism and other related conditions to achieve their full potential.