On Saturday, January 31, the Torpedoes will hold their second annual Swim-A-Thon at Newtown High School from 1 to 5 pm.
Last year approximately 85 members of the Newtown Parks & Recreation swim team participated in the inaugural event. Together team members swam for a total of four hours, completing more than 11,300 lengths of the Newtown High School pool.
Several Newtown sporting events — both in and out of town — scheduled for Saturday, January 24, have been canceled because of the expected snowstorm.
Newtown High School’s grapplers were scheduled to participate in the Gene Brigham Invitational Wrestling Tournament in Minisink, N.Y., on Saturday, but the meet was pushed to Sunday, January 25. The high school cheerleading team also had its event moved a day. The cheerleaders will now participate in the Connecticut Cheer Classic, in Wolcott, on Sunday.
In a battle of nine-win South-West Conference girls’ basketball rivals, host Newtown High School overcame an 11-point deficit to defeat Immaculate of Danbury 38-35 on January 23. The Nighthawks improved to 10-3 overall, and the Mustangs fell to 9-3.
A swimming and diving team’s success cannot be measured exclusively by wins and losses, or how close a meet is for that matter. Individual event times (and scores in the case of diving) have to be taken into consideration and, with that said, things are looking good for Newtown High School’s squad following a 98-82 win over visiting Bethel on January 20.
Newtown High School’s wrestling team defeated host New Milford 42-18 on January 21. This was a battle of the top two teams in last year’s South-West Conference championships, won by the Green Wave in a nail-biter. In this matchup, the Nighthawks made sure there was little suspense, winning ten of 14 matches, although it wasn’t so easy. Newtown won only two matches via pinfall, and the Wave won the first two bouts of the nights for an early 9-0 lead before the Hawks reeled off nine victories in succession.
Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ indoor track and field teams competed in the Yale Classic Invitational in New Haven on January 16 and 17, and participated in the South-West Conference Developmental meet at Wesleyan University in Middletown on January 19.
A blocked shot, steal, go-ahead basket, and drawn charge in the waning seconds helped the host Newtown High School boys’ basketball team overcome a game-long deficit to shock Notre Dame-Fairfield 44-43 on January 20. The Nighthawks won their seventh game in a row.
Aspetuck Valley Rugby Club caters to boys ranging from age 8 through those in high school, from Newtown and area towns. The club fields teams for U10, 12, 14, 16, and 18, and half of the games are played on its home field in Redding.
Indoor preseason training is underway at the Redding Community Center gym on Lonetown Road (Route 107), behind Redding Elementary School. USA certified rugby coaches teach technique and safety. Register at aspetuckvalleyrugby.org.
Newtown High School’s hockey team pulled out a 7-6 win over Horace Greeley of New York in a battle at Danbury Ice Arena on January 17. The NHS wrestling team was also in action, and won the Eagle Classic in Manchester behind Matt Gonzalez’s 100th career win, and a trio of Newtown football players were recently honored. Here’s a brief recap:
The organizers of the Sandy Hook 5K are proud to announce the third annual race to honor the memories of the victims and support those affected by the tragic events of 12/14. The race event will take place on Saturday, March 28, on the campus of Fairfield Hills, beginning at 8:15 am with staggered kid fun runs and 9 am for the 5K. Online registration will open on the official race website, 5krunforshf.org, at 4 pm on Sunday, January 18.