Newtown High School hosted the first Special Olympics Unified Sports South-West Conference Tournament on March 18. The event brought together unified sports basketball teams from host Newtown, as well as Joel Barlow of Redding, Bethel, and Bunnell of Stratford.
Following a parade of athletes, Julia Bogdanoff sang the National Anthem. Each of the squads followed with The Unified Sports Oath, led by Garrett Fitzpatrick: “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” Then the games began.
Newtown High School’s boys’ swimming and diving team participated in the Class LL state championships at Wesleyan University on March 17. The Nighthawks scored 137 points and placed 14th among 21 teams to score in the meet. Greenwich, with 836, was the winner. The Nighthawks had some strong performances.
The 200 yard medley relay team, which included Tommy Horan, Seth Barrett, Matt Argraves, and Owen Gray, placed 13th in a time of 1:44.82 to score 28 points. In the 50 freestyle, Gray was 14th in 22.98 to earn 13 points.
March Madness isn’t all about filling out NCAA tournament brackets and watching potential NBA stars in action. Newtown Youth Basketball Association’s up-and-coming cagers are playing in postseason games as well.
Throughout the afternoons on Saturday and Sunday, March 14 and 15, girls and boys in fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grade are concluding their seasons in All Star and championship contests at the Newtown High School court.
Interested in a hockey rink right here in Newtown? Hockey and skating enthusiasts are seeking support for a rink in town. Kraft Hockeyville is looking for America’s most passionate hockey community, and its webpage indicates that the winning community will receive $150,000 toward a rink. Newtown skaters travel to Danbury Ice Arena for home games and practices. For information, and to nominate Newtown, visit http://bit.ly/1MnVbYz.
Newtown High School’s boys’ basketball team saw its season come to an end in an 80-49 loss to host Fairfield Prep in the second round of the Class LL state tournament on March 11. The No. 16 Nighthawks hung close with top-seeded Prep and trailed by just nine points at halftime after trailing by as many as a dozen in the second stanza. The Jesuits scored 24 first-quarter points and led 36-27 at the break. Charlie Huegi’s basket, followed by Dylan Palumbo’s hoop set up by a Huegi steal, closed out the first-half scoring.
Newtown High School’s lacrosse teams will host their 4th Annual Mattress Fundraiser Sale on Saturday, March 14. The sale will be held in the high school cafeteria from 10 am to 5 pm.
There will be 22 different mattress sets to choose from, available in all sizes, including twin, full, queen, king, California-king and even special sizes. Customers will have an opportunity to lay on and try out every set. Styles include plush sets, pillow-top sets, latex, memory foam, and much more.
It was a rematch of last year’s championship game, but the circumstances were far different this time around.
Matched up against top-seeded EO Smith-Tolland in the first round of the Division III state tournament on March 9, the No. 16 Newtown High School’s hockey team — which qualified for the playoffs thanks to a wild win in their regular-season finale — were outmatched and suffered a 10-0 defeat on the University of Connecticut campus in Storrs.
MILFORD — Runners and walkers are invited to flood the streets of Milford on Saturday, March 21, to honor the memory of James Mattioli on the weekend of his birthday.
James was one of the 20 children who died in the tragedy at Sandy Hook School in 2012. The race, which drew over 1,200 participants in its inaugural event last year, will feature a certified 5K course, a kids event, and a variety of local food trucks with food for purchase at the finish line.
Newtown High School’s boys’ basketball team topped visiting Kennedy of Waterbury 56-54 in the opening round of the Class LL state tournament on March 9. Harry Depuy and Will Dalton both scored 16 points, Jacob Burden scored 12, Jeremy Doski had eight, and Charlie Huegi and Tom Cotton each added two in the win.
The Nighthawks advance to the second round and will face top-seeded Fairfield Prep, on the road, at 7 pm on Wednesday, March 11.
A tremendous season of high-level success came to a conclusion for Newtown High School’s wrestling team on March 7. The Nighthawks put forth a valiant effort in the two-day New England championship competition in North Andover, Mass., and placed second among 169 schools representing Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Newtown had two finalists and four grapplers among the top five to compile 84 points. Mount Anthony of Vermont won the meet with 122.5 points.