Youth sports games are primarily for the enjoyment of participants, their proud parents, and other family members in attendance, and coaches who help their developing players improve.
In the case of Newtown youth baseball and basketball contests, the games also serve as an opportunity for an up-and-coming announcer to gain experience from the press box and scorer’s table, all the while adding to the at-the-field atmosphere for those team members and their families.
Adam Carley looks on as Newtown Youth Football player Stephen Sedensky runs during a drill at Treadwell Park in early August. Carley took over as president of the Newtown Youth Football and Cheerleading program this year.
The Newtown Renegades baseball team saw its regional title hopes end at the hands of Exeter, N.H., in a 4-1 loss at Glander Field on August 6.
The Renegades had won their first two Cal Ripken 11U New England Regional Tournament games, including a thrilling 8-7 win over Exeter, before falling to New Milford and Exeter in the rematch, to get dropped from the double-elimination tourney.
The Newtown Thunder rolled off a remarkable string of victories in a three-day period at Hawley School Field to win the Cal Ripken Summer Extreme 9B League playoffs. The Thunder had dropped a game early in the playoffs, resulting in a playoff run with no room for error the rest of the way. And the team showed its resiliency in its quest for the title, capping off the winning streak with a victory over the Newtown Nighthawks.
Newtown High School’s fall sports tryouts will be held later in August. Most teams will meet on Saturday, August 23. The football team will meet on Monday, August 18. Athletes are asked to bring water to all tryouts. Schedule is as follows:
Football: Monday, August 18. Meet at 2 pm in the boys’ locker room. Practice from 3:30 to 6 pm. Contact Coach Steve George at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
The Newtown Renegades baseball team will face Exeter, N.H., in a must-win Cal Ripken 11U New England Regional Tournament game on Wednesday, August 6, at 5:30 pm. The teams will battle at Glander Field, on Mile Hill Road South, in a rematch of an August 2 contest in which Newtown overcame a 7-1 deficit to pull out an 8-7 victory.
The Renegades fell into the loser’s bracket of the double elimination tourney with a 7-2 loss to New Milford on August 5. Josh Taylor drove in both runs, and Luke Galer smacked a pair of doubles in the setback.
Young football players will have the opportunity to exhibit their football skills when NYA Sports & Fitness Center hosts an NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition on Saturday, August 30, at 11 am. The competition is free and open to boys and girls ages 6-15.
The NFL Punt, Pass & Kick football competition allows youngsters to showcase their talents in punting, passing, and kicking with scores based on distance and accuracy.
Josh Taylor throws a pitch during New England Regional Tournament action at Glandor Field on August 3. Taylor and the Newtown Renegades beat Keene, N.H., 5-3, and will host New Milford at 5 pm on Tuesday, August 5.
In the inaugural season of the 16-year-old Prep Division of Connecticut Babe Ruth Baseball, the Newtown 16U team traveled to North Haven and captured the state championship on Saturday, July 26 by beating Fairfield in the semifinals and North Haven in the finals.
Newtown crushed Fairfield 12-1 in a game that was shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule. Luke Rustici pitched a complete game, four-hitter; Jared Brady had three hits including a double and had four runs batted in; and Chris Calo had three hits and two RBI.