Newtown High School’s boys’ soccer team shook off a rough opener to put together a hard-fought winning streak — three straight one-goal victories — heading into a Thursday, September 24 visit to New Milford, beginning at 6 pm.
After a 3-1 loss at New Fairfield on September 11, the Nighthawks pulled out a 3-2 victory over Brookfield on September 15, a 2-1 edging of host Bunnell of Stratford on September 17, and a 1-0 blanking of visiting Weston, at Blue & Gold Stadium, on September 21.
For most soccer teams, protecting a slim lead for less than ten minutes might not seem like all that much time. But when Newtown’s Sarah Houle banged home a shot off the goal post with about eight minutes to play, the time between the goal and the final whistle probably seemed like an eternity for the Nighthawks.
Coming off a pair of defeats to FCIAC and state powerhouse programs St Joseph of Trumbull and Darien, Newtown High School’s girls’ volleyball team was staring at a very real possibility of falling to 0-3 to start the campaign. South-West Conference rival Joel Barlow of Redding visited on September 18, and the Nighthawks stepped up their game for a 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-22) triumph.
It’s too early for a team to have a must-win match, or is it?
Newtown Youth Basketball registration for the 2015-16 season is underway, and open through October 15, but $25 a late fee will be assessed after September 30. Registration is limited and on a first come, first served basis; no changes made to rosters once set. Age division information is as follows:
Biddy Basketball Grades PreK & K. This is an instructional division with focus on basic skills; fee: $120. Ten sessions starting Saturday, December 5.
Newtown High school’s football team cashed in on four consecutive drives that began in Notre Dame-Fairfield territory to the tune of a 28-point second quarter on its way to a 45-7 win in the home opener, at Blue & Gold Stadium, on September 18.
The Nighthawks, who blanked Pomperaug of Southbury 42-0 in week one, held the Lancers off the scoreboard until late in the fourth quarter. It was 42-0 at halftime; one week after Newtown built a 35-0 bulge by the intermission.
Up-and-coming wrestlers got some pointers from coaches and Newtown High School grapplers during the Newtown Youth Wrestling Association’s Introduction To Youth Wrestling clinic, at NYA Sports & Fitness, on September 12.
No sense easing into the campaign. Newtown High School’s girls’ volleyball team opened things with a visit to defending state Class M runner-up St Joseph on September 15, the day before a match with another nonconference powerhouse from the FCIAC, Darien — last year’s Class LL champion.
Newtown, after winning its first game against St Joes, hung close in games two through four, but St Joes prevailed 3-1 (24-26, 25-20, 25-20, 25-22). Darien posted a 3-0 (25-12, 25-18, 25-14) win in the second match.
Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team won its season-opening meet, defeating visiting Joel Barlow of Redding 97-80 on September 11. The Nighthawks built a 97-42 lead through nine events before exhibitioning the final three.