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
Newtown High School sophomore wrestler Anthony Falbo won a national championship during the weekend of March 27–29. Falbo claimed the 160 pound weight division title in the Sophomore Division of the 26th Annual National High School Coaches Association High School National Wrestling Championships, held at the Virginia Beach (Va.) Convention Center.
Falbo won a 6-4 decision over Brandon Kui of New Jersey in the finals after a 10-3 decision over Angel Solis of California in the semifinal round.
Hard-hitting, fast-paced hockey at the collegiate level is quite a jump for those who have finished their high school careers. Dave Landau Jr, just completed bridging that gap with a ladder-climbing stint through junior hockey — one in which his skills on and off ice have left a big impression on his coach and others in the game.
All town fields remain closed, according to a reminder from Newtown Parks & Rec, which made the announcement via email Friday, March 27.
Treadwell and Tilson artificial fields remain closed as well, due to snow cover and frozen sub-surface conditions.
“Due to the potential for head impact injuries these fields will remain closed until at least Monday March 30, 2015,” the note continued. “These fields will be monitored early next week and opened as soon as safe playing conditions exist.”
School spring sports are underway; Mother Nature didn’t get the memo.
As of the middle of this week, plenty of snow and ice still caked the athletic playing fields, tennis courts, and golf courses in town, as well the Blue & Gold Stadium track, leaving Newtown High School’s athletics department having to be creative in approaches to tryouts and practices.
The 3rd Annual Sandy Hook 5K will take place at Fairfield Hills on Saturday, March 28, with Kids Runs beginning at 8:15 am and the 5K at 9 am. The race, despite an increase in runners from 1,200 to 1,500, sold out the day registration began, back in January. But there are still ways for those interested to become involved this year and in the future through donations, sponsorships, and volunteering opportunities, as well as via a virtual run option.
We may be closer to the end of last football season than we are to the kickoff to the next campaign, but preparations for the upcoming campaign are about to get back into full swing for some gridders, including Springfield College’s Max Nacewicz.
A former Newtown High School defensive standout, Nacewicz and his teammates, beginning next week, will participate in a month’s worth of spring drills and practices before a layoff of sorts leading into the August preseason.
Newtown’s Senior League boys’ basketball championship game took place at Newtown High School on March 19. Team Red defeated Team Gray 51-41. Connor Roche scored 13 points, Erik Street had 12, and Jack Pirone contributed 11 to lead the Red squad. Spencer Tolson, Adam Bergeron, and Gordon Walsh each added five; and Alex Street contributed in the victory.