Newtown High School’s boys’ basketball team lost back-to-back games for the first time this season, falling 55-46 to visiting Masuk of Monroe on February 13, and 54-49 at Pomperaug of Southbury on February 17.
The Nighthawks fell to 7-4 in South-West Conference play and, with just two regular season games remaining, find themselves clinging to the third seed in the standings. The top four squads will earn quarterfinal-round home games when the playoffs begin at 7 pm on February 27.
Scheduling Note: Due to anticipated snow, a second change was made for the game times after this article was posted. Newtown is now scheduled to play Immaculate at 1 pm, following the Notre Dame-Barlow game at 11 am. Both contests will take place at Newtown High on Saturday, February, 21 as originally planned.
Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ indoor track teams participated in the Class LL State Championships at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven on February 16. The meet was originally scheduled for February 15 but got postponed because of snow. The Newtown girls placed 16th with seven points and the boys’ squad was 20th with one point; both lineups had several participants. Glastonbury, with 77, won the girls’ competition, and Danbury, with 71, was tops among the boys. Newtown’s results are as follows:
If Newtown High School’s girls’ basketball team wins its regular-season finale, it gets to host a South-West Conference tournament quarterfinal round game. If the Nighthawks lose, they’ll have to go on the road.
“Everything is laid out in front of us now. We control our own destiny,” said Newtown Coach Jeremy O’Connell, whose team hosts Pomperaug of Southbury at 7 pm on Tuesday, February 17.
Newtown High School’s gymnastics team performed on a the vault, uneven bars, balance beam, and floor, and took home a fourth-place finish in the South-West Conference championship meet at New Milford High School on February 12.
The Nighthawks scored 126.85 points. New Milford won the competition with 140.5, Nonnewaug placed second with 134.15, and Pomperaug of Southbury was third with 133.2. Newtown, coached by Keristen Raccio, had the following strong performances:
Ed Marks grew up here, participating in Newtown Parks & Recreation activities and playing sports on fields across town throughout his childhood, and continued to do so in men’s softball leagues while his children followed in his sports-playing footprints. For the past decade and a half, Marks has played a significant role in the progress of athletics and recreation on those very same fields, first serving on the Newtown Parks & Recreation Commission, and eventually becoming chairman in 2007.
Newtown High School’s wrestling team capped off its regular campaign with a 59-18 Senior Night win over the New Fairfield Rebels, on February 11. Also that night, the hockey team lost to Masuk of Monroe. Newtown’s gymnastics team competed in regular-season meets on February 6 and 10, as they geared up to participate in the South-West Conference championships, in New Milford, on February 12. The boys’ swimming and diving team had several strong performances in a 97-86 loss at Brookfield, on February 10. Here’s an update of these squads:
Newtown High School’s boys’ basketball team hasn’t lost consecutive games since the early stages of the season, and made sure that trend continued with a 53-41 win at New Fairfield on February 10. The Nighthawks improved to 12-4 overall and 7-2 in South-West Conference play with four games to play before the start of the postseason.
The Harlem Wizards are coming back to Newtown for a comedy basketball game on Sunday, February 22. The game will be played at Newtown High School beginning at 3 pm. The Wizards will take on a team of Newtown teachers and school staff as they have done in the past.