For the first time in ten matches this season, Newtown High School’s girls’ volleyball team played a five-game match. The October 7 home match against Pomperaug of Southbury turned out to be a successful one for the Nighthawks as they prevailed 3-2 (18-25, 25-18, 25-18, 20-25, 15-13) to improve to 6-4 overall. In the process, the Nighthawks handed the Panthers just their second loss in 11 matches.
Heading into the October 6 race against a tough Pomperaug of Southbury squad, Doug Russell, Newtown High School’s girls’ cross country coach, was excited to see what his team would do. After Pomperaug’s Ivy Walker led the field, winning the 5K course on the grounds of Fairfield Hills (finishing in a time of 19:21), in came Newtown’s Sarah Mawdsley (19:39), and teammate Lu Hage (19:52), followed by Erin Tressler (20:02) and Emma Bayuk (20:25).
The Old Timer’s Association of Greater Danbury inducted Newtown resident Nancy Olson Bowen into its organization, and she was recognized at its 52 Annual Awards Dinner, at The Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury, on September 24.
Bowen was also recognized by the Old Timer’s Association when she was a high school senior. Bowen, a 1977 graduate of Danbury High School, was the first female recipient of the association’s scholarship for high school seniors.
Newtown High School’s football team, on the strength of a 29-point third quarter, rolled past the visiting Bethel Wildcats 42-0, at Blue & Gold Stadium, on October 2. The game was played in chilly and wet conditions, as rain fell, hard at times, throughout the evening in which temperatures were in the 40s.
After a sloppy first half in which only one touchdown was scored – a Hunter Cobb TD run for a 6-0 lead (the extra point was no good) – the Nighthawks put together a wild, four-score third quarter.
So far, so good for Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team, which has somewhat of a new look after losing nine graduates, including four team record holders, to graduation a year ago. This year’s version of the Nighthawks is making strides toward some success of its own in the not too distant future.
Newtown High School’s field hockey and girls’ and boys’ soccer teams combined to go 2-0-1 against their rivals from Masuk of Monroe, on October 1. The boys’ booters began things with a 2-0 victory, and the field hockey squad followed up with a 3-0 blanking of the Panthers under a light but steady rain. Both of those triumphs were on the road. Shortly after the field hockey girls wrapped up their victory, Newtown’s girls’ soccer team came from behind for an exciting 2-2 tie with the visiting Panthers at soggy Blue & Gold Stadium.
Editor's Note: The game at Barlow, originally slated for October 3, as listed below, has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 10; game time remains a 6 pm start, and will take place at Barlow as originally planned.
Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ varsity cross country teams both claimed first place at the Winding Trails Invitational, in Farmington, on September 26.
The Newtown girls had the top three finishers as Sarah Mawdsley won the race in a time of 19:14.0; Erin Tressler was runner-up in 19:24.5; and Olivia Hage was third in 19:28.8. Also for the Nighthawks, Emma Bayuk placed sixth in 20:05.2; Madison Findley was 16th in 21:25.2; Kelsey Miller came in 21st in 21:44.3; and Willow Pears was 23rd in a time of 21:53.6.
Editor's Note: The game at Weston, originally scheduled for Saturday, October 3, as listed below, has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 10, with a new start time of 10 am.
It’s often said that there are good ties and bad ties in sports. For Newtown High School’s boys’ soccer team, the 1-1 deadlock with visiting Pomperaug of Southbury, at Treadwell Park on September 29, was perhaps a little of both.