Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team placed 18th in the State Open, which culminated with swimming events at Yale University, on November 21. The Nighthawks scored 89 points as a team. Greenwich, with 581, was first.
The 200 yard medley relay team of Megan Olszewski, Emma Brantl, Casey Klein, and Mary Hufziger placed 21st in 1:57.30, for eight points.
Newtown High School diver Kari Djonne was runner-up in the State Open diving championship, at Middletown High, on November 19. Djonne had a score of 488.20; Westhill/Stamford’s Rachel Burtson was first with a score of 534.75. Burston and Djonne also finished one-two in the Class LL state championships.
Newtown’s Gillian Eckwall was ninth in the State Open with a score of 393.80. There were two dozen divers representing the top performers from schools representing each of the state’s four class sizes.
Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team placed tenth among 20 teams in the Class LL state championship meet. The diving competition took place at Bulkeley High in Hartford on November 11, and the swimming events were held at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven on November 17. Mary Hufziger set the team record in the 100 yard freestyle race with her sixth-place time of 53.82 seconds, good for 23 of the Nighthawks’ 237 points. Greenwich, with 897 points, won the LL championship.
Newtown’s girls’ cross country team placed sixth in the 81st New England High School Interscholastic Cross Country Championship, at Thetford Academy’s 5K course, in Thetford, Vermont, on November 14. There were 30 teams and several other individuals representing their schools in the race.
The 6th Annual Newtown Turkey Trot 5K road race and fun walk to support the Cyrenius H Booth Library will be held on Thanksgiving Morning, Thursday, November 26, beginning at 7:45 am. The race starts at Hawley Elementary School, 26 Church Hill Road, and finishes at Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen Street.
For the first time since the 2011 campaign, Newtown High School’s football team suffered a regular-season loss. A combination of New Fairfield’s stifling defense, windy and cold conditions, Newtown injuries, and mistakes added up to a 13-7 win for the host Rebels, on Friday, November 13. It was an unlucky Friday the 13th for the Nighthawks, who threw four interceptions, one that was returned for a touchdown. The Nighthawks and Rebels both stand at 8-1, each with one game left before the state playoffs.
Newtown High School diver Kari Djonne, coming off her first-place performance in the South-West Conference championship, was runner-up in the Class LL finals at Bulkeley High in Hartford, on November 11. Djonne scored 440.95. Westhill-Stamford’s Rachel Burtson was first with a score of 533.40.
Newtown’s Gillian Eckwall was a fifth with a 400.90, Emma Wolfman placed 18th with a 320.20, and Sarah MacMullan came in 27th with a 192.75.
Newtown High School’s field hockey team, seeded 15th in the Class L bracket, blanked No. 18 Amity of Woodbridge 3-0 in a qualifying-round contest, under the lights at Blue & Gold Stadium, on November 9. The Nighthawks, 8-6-1-1 (wins, losses, ties, overtime losses) in the regular season, advanced to visit No. 2 Conard of West Hartford (15-1) in the first round, on November 11. Conard prevailed 3-0 to end Newtown's season.
Newtown’s volleyball team, the No. 20 seed in the Class LL field, visited No. 13 Trumbull and lost 3-1 (20-25, 25-18, 26-24, 25-16) in the first round of the state tournament, on November 9. Newtown went 11-8 in the regular season, and Trumbull was 14-6.
Despite the outcome, Newtown Coach Tom Czaplinski and captain Jamie Calandro were pleased with how the Nighthawks performed.