Although Newtown High School’s boys’ golf team’s season is slated to begin Wednesday, April 8, with a visit to Brookfield at 3 pm, and the Nighthawks have (weather permitting) seven more matches before of Southbury visits Rock Ridge Country Club, it’s that April 27 match with the rival Panthers that the Nighthawks have circled on the schedule.
Last spring, girls’ golfers from Newtown High School came out in full swing to participate on a club team. They practiced chips, putts, and drives in anticipation of competing as a varsity squad this year.
Their time has come. The Nighthawks are scheduled to tee off for their first official campaign on Monday, April 13, when they visit Danbury’s Richter Park at 3 pm to take on Immaculate of Danbury.
Members of Newtown High School’s baseball team performed/executed fielding and base running drills on the turf at Blue & Gold Stadium (because the grass playing field was soggy after the snow finally melted away) on April 1 as they prepared for the start of the campaign.
The key to some success this spring, Coach Memoli anticipates, is playing fundamentally sound ball; smart base running and solid fielding will be important.
“We have to make sure we don’t hand outs away,” the coach said.
Coach Bob Guererra is hopeful that the slow start to the spring — his Newtown High School softball team preparing first indoors before moving onto the Blue & Gold Stadium turf field to conduct drills, and having preseason scrimmages canceled — doesn’t set the tone for a tough start to the year. No matter how quickly the Nighthawks get into the swing of things, the coach is optimistic that they’ll emerge as contenders for a championship by the time the season winds down in late May.
Newtown High School’s baseball and softball teams, after starting their tryouts indoors in area fitness facilities, have been practicing on the Blue & Gold Stadium turf field; and tennis players finally moved outside now that the snow has melted off the courts.
Newtown High School’s wrestling team, winners of the South-West Conference, Class LL and State Open championships, was selected as the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Team of the Year.
Pictured, from left, are Coach Chris Bray, Assistant Coach Mike Long, James Leuci, Connor LeMay, Luca Crudo, Anthony Falbo, Joe Accousti, Tom Long, Assistant Coach Mike McKeever, Matt Gonzalez, Thomas Leuci, and Ed Lovely.
Fishing opening day is Saturday, April 11. The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) announces new regulations in effect as the season gets underway. Below is a summary of the regulation changes of most interest to anglers. An updated set of the complete regulations may be found online at 1.usa.gov/1GITYtw (click on “Final Regulations”).
Newtown Parks & Recreation and Fairfield County Tennis will host tennis camps during April vacation, April 13–15, from 10 am to 12:30 pm, for ages 5–15. The camps will take place at Dickinson Memorial Park Tennis Courts.
Cost is $135 for participants, and the camps are for three age groups (5–7, 8–11, and 12–15).
Matt Memoli, coach of the Newtown High School baseball team, will run two April vacation baseball academies for middle school and youth baseball players this month.
The Middle School Baseball Academy will prepare players for high school baseball. Players will participate in position-specific work and will learn the mechanics of base running, hitting, fielding, and situational game play.
To register, visit newtown-ct.gov and search activity # 309616-A