Newtown High School’s softball team defeated two Panther squads in as many days in their first games after a week-long trip to Florida, during which the Nighthawks played six games at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, and enjoyed Walt Disney World.
Newtown High School’s boys’ volleyball team, in its inaugural campaign, earned its first win with a victory over visiting Daniel Hand of Madison, on Friday, April 17. The Nighthawks overcame a two games to one deficit and pulled out a 3-2 (25-19, 18-25, 19-25, 27-25, 15-7) triumph over the Tigers.
Jeremy Doski had six kills to go along with a dozen assists, and seven blocks; Jeff DePinto compiled 12 kills; Bryce Decker had four blocks; and Andy Braun contributed four service aces for the Nighthawks.
Newtown High School’s boys’ lacrosse team won three of its first four games to begin the season.
In a rematch of last year’s South-West Conference championship game, the Nighthawks toppled visiting Brookfield 13-6 on April 9. Deegan Beauchemin and Jared Pearson both had hat-tricks, and Conrad Morris and David MacKinnon each scored twice.
Newtown lost 10-9 in overtime to Fairfield Ludlowe, in another home tilt, two days later. Bubba Condon netted five goals and an assist, Pearson had two goals and two assists, and Beauchemin added two goals and an assist.
Newtown High School’s baseball team played three games decided by just one run in its first four of the campaign. The Nighthawks had a pair of one-run contests to begin play this spring. The Nighthawks fell 5-4 at Staples of Westport in its season opener, on April 8, then edged visiting Fairfield Ludlowe 6-5 the next day. The team fell 5-1 at Notre Dame-Fairfield 5-1 on April 13, then won in walk-off fashion, pulling out an 8-7 victory in the bottom of the ninth inning against Masuk of Monroe on April 15.
They say good things come to those who wait. Newtown High School’s first-year varsity girls’ golf team had to hang tight for an extra few days to begin competition thanks to unplayable course conditions in early April. The Nighthawks, who played as club squad a season ago, finally got their first varsity match in on April 13 with a visit to Immaculate of Danbury at Richter Park. Newtown made the wait worthwhile. The Hawks came out on top, shooting a 200; Immaculate shot a 235.
A first-year varsity team that doesn’t even have prior club playing experience under its belt certainly has some catching up to do out of the gate. In the case of Newtown High School’s brand-new boys’ volleyball team, however, things are looking pretty good in their first week of competition.
An 0-3 start to the campaign is a bit deceptive since the Nighthawks have been competitive in the early going, providing a positive outlook among team members and Coach Sandy Doski. The Hawks are confident that the wins will come.