It’s not too often that inexperience is the strength of a team. But, in the case of Newtown High School’s girls’ cross country squad, perhaps the most threatening part of the lineup lies in the group’s younger runners, including freshmen, according to Coach Doug Russell.
“Our strength is going to be this year’s newcomers,” said Russell, noting that several of athletes in a time trial run last week, as preseason unfolded, were freshmen and sophomores.
Faced with finding replacements for four of his top seven runners from a year ago, David Foss, coach of the Newtown High School boys’ cross country team, isn’t sure exactly what to expect from his team this year, but views potential for the lineup to make some noise if enough runners emerge at the top of the team’s pack.
Growing up around horses and receiving riding and jumping training from a teacher who couldn’t possibly care any more about her success than any other (the instructor happens to be her mom), Newtown’s Ellie Ferrigno has quickly become an advanced rider for her age.
Now 12, Ferrigno is competing against horse lovers who are two, three, four, five — sometimes as many as six — years older than her.
He’s been to the Polo Grounds, the old Yankee Stadium, San Francisco’s AT&T Park — and every still-standing (and some no longer in existence) Major League Baseball stadium between New York and California. He’s met former star players and collects memorabilia and memories from his visits to ballparks and talks with National Baseball Hall Of Fame inductees.
Dr. Neil Culligan, of Associated Neurologists in Danbury, will come to the Newtown High School auditorium on Tuesday, September 9, at 6:30 pm to speak to athletes and their parents about concussions. Newtown High Athletic Director Gregg Simon and Athletic Trainer Sabrina Byrne strongly encourage parents of athletes to attend.
The Winterset Ski Club will host its annual picnic and, new this year, Ski/Snowboard Tag Sale on Sunday, September 14, from 1 to 5 pm at Dickinson Memorial Park, 50 Elm Drive.
Burgers, dogs, and drinks will be provided by the Winterset Ski Club, which asks that attendees bring along an appetizer, side dish, salads, or desserts to this wonderful opportunity to meet with old friends and new members of this family-friendly Newtown-based club.
Success at local competitions led to Kris Kling earning an invitation to a National Pro Grid League (NPGL) tryout, where Kling displayed his athleticism and strength for eight teams in the newly established fitness league. Kling, who, along with his brother Kurt, owns CrossFit RedZone at 3 Simm Lane, was drafted by the NPGL’s Boston Iron this summer, and — following a ten-day training camp — participated in his first team competition, against the Miami Surge, at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, Mass, on August 24.
Since moving out of town after graduating from Newtown High School in 1985, Kelley Johnson has returned for the Labor Day Parade numerous times. Each visit has been special — Johnson had marched in the parade as a clown in fifth grade, and later as a member of the school band — but this year’s will have a different sort of significant meaning for Johnson.