Free agency, contract disputes, and player retirement may not be an issue for a defending champion high school team trying to maintain its winning ways, but graduation certainly is. And the Newtown High School hockey team, because of last year’s high number of graduates — ten to be exact — is in rebuilding mode as the puck drops on the 2014-15 campaign.
A win in the Class LL state championship certainly did a lot to ease the pain of narrowly missing out on a South-West Conference title last winter. But while the Nighthawks may be on top of things and be the hunted in the state, they are every bit as much hungry for success and the hunters in the conference.
“We’re absolutely not hiding from anybody right now, so that means everybody’s going to come at us harder,” Coach Chris Bray anticipates. “Everybody here has a good understanding of what they need to do.”
Cohesion and athleticism are strengths of the Newtown High School boys’ basketball team, and Coach Tim Tallcouch is hopeful that those traits will help his team have some success as what stands to be a rigorous schedule unfolds this season.
“Every night’s going to be a challenge for us,” Tallcouch said.
It’s time to select the winner of the Newtown Bee’s Harmon Award For Sportsman of the Year — named in honor of former Newtown Bee Sports Editor Kim Harmon. The award will go to someone who has had a significant impact on Newtown sports within the last year. Selections may include volunteers and those who have dedicated countless hours to athletics in town. Please drop us a line with your suggestion(s). Send via email to firstname.lastname@example.org; fax to 203-426-5169; or snail mail: PO Box 5503, Newtown, CT 06470.
Personnel dictates a team’s style of play and, this year, Newtown High School’s girls’ basketball team returns to its familiar fast-paced, run-the-floor approach to the game.
“I feel like this year we can get back to playing up-tempo, pressure basketball,” said Coach Jeremy O’Connell, whose lineups throughout the years have leaned on overall speed and athleticism, along with strong defenses to create turnovers and push the flow of the game before playing a bit more of a half-court brand of basketball last year.
Cheering along the local sidelines at football games takes plenty of skill and an ability to focus and perform in front of a crowd. But doing so on the big stage, among the best cheer squads from around the country and with a national title on the line, is something else for a group of 13-year-olds.
Years of working at supporting the game of golf has allowed Bill Flood to rise in the ranks. Earlier this month, after seven years of service to the Connection Section PGA, he was elected as the 34th president of the Connecticut Section PGA.