Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team topped visiting Bunnell of Stratford, 96-74 on October 14. The Nighthawks cruised to first-place finishes early on in the meet before coasting to the triumph. Newtown improved to 8-1.
The Nighthawks jumped to the early lead as the 200 yard freestyle relay team of Meg Olszewski, Annika Fagerholm, Megan McDonald, and Amy Martinelli finished first in a time of 2:06.82.
The South-West Conference cross country championships, originally scheduled for Thursday, October 16, were rescheduled for Friday, October 17 because of the threat of heavy rain and thunderstorms. The races will be held at the original location — Bethel High School — with the same start times of 3:30 pm for the girls’ varsity runners and 4 pm for the boys’ varsity runners. Junior varsity races will follow at 4:30 and 5 pm. Visit newtownbee.com and check out the October 24 print edition of The Bee for coverage.
In the last home game of the season, on October 14, the Newtown High School boys’ soccer team hosted the Stratford Red Devils and the teams finished in a 1-1 tie.
The game was an important one in terms of playoff race for both teams. Heading into the game, Newtown had 14 points in the South-West Conference standings and held the eighth and final playoff spot, and Stratford had 13 points and was two positions behind Newtown (Masuk of Monroe, also with 13 points, held the ninth spot by virtue of defeating second-place Weston).
The Newtown High School girls’ soccer team continues to battle for a South-West Conference playoff spot. The Nighthawks sit in ninth place, just one point behind eighth place Pomperaug of Southbury, with two conference games remaining on the schedule. The top eight teams in the SWC will make it into the playoffs.
Newtown defeated host Stratford 4-0, a team with only one win in conference play, on October 14, to improve to 3-4-4 in conference play (4-4-5 overall).
Playing for more than a win, Newtown High School’s field hockey program held its Play 4 The Cure game to raise money for the National Foundation for Cancer Research, at Blue and Gold Stadium when Joel Barlow of Redding visited on October 9.
Over the past decade, an increasing public awareness about treating and preventing concussions, especially among younger rec league, school, and college athletes, has brought the issue out of emergency rooms and into living rooms. It now concerns not just coaches, but whole communities.
Weeks before UConn’s starting quarterback Casey Cochran made national headlines announcing he was leaving the team because of repeated concussions, the Newtown High School sports department scheduled a student-parent forum on concussions.
Chasing teams in the standings in the final two weeks of the regular season, Newtown High School’s boys’ soccer team picked up a pair of crucial wins — defeating visiting Joel Barlow of Redding on October 8 and host Immaculate of Danbury two days later.