A trio of Newtown youth teams won Shoreline Youth Football Conference championships this past weekend. The fourth-grade squad earned an 18-0 win over North Branford, the sixth-graders topped Guilford 24-8, and the seventh-graders defeated Shelton 32-14. Additionally, the fifth-grade lineup earned a 34-33 win over Clinton in the consolation championship game.
Read more about all of these teams, and other playoff efforts by Newtown’s up-and-coming gridiron athletes in the November 21 print edition of The Bee.
Fresh off its fifth-place Class LL state championship meet, which was chockfull of team record-setting performances, Newtown High School’s swimming and diving team made another big splash in the State Open, placing 11th among 54 teams to score points and claiming a state record in diving along the way.
Newtown had 173 points as a team and first-place Darien had 510 to win the clash between schools from each of Connecticut’s four class sizes.
After a tough, defensive-minded, scoreless opening quarter of play, Newtown High School’s football team showed how explosive its offense can be during New Fairfield’s visit to Blue & Gold Stadium on November 14. The Nighthawks, on Senior Night – in fact – poured it on with five touchdowns before halftime en route to a 41-14 triumph. Newtown improved to 10-0 and New Fairfield fell to 6-4.
Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team placed fifth in the Class LL state championships, which culminated with the swimming events, at Wesleyan University in Middletown, on November 12. The Nighthawks set five team records and recorded one first place finish in the process. All told, the team set six school records, including second-place overall diver Kari Djonne’s program record-setting performance on in Hartford on November 6.
The annual Thanksgiving morning Turkey Trot will take place at 7:45 am on Thursday, November 27. The 5K race and fun walk, benefiting the Cyrenius H Booth Library, begins at Hawley Elementary School and ends at Newtown Middle School.
Cost is $25 to run and $20 to walk for those who register in advance; $30 and $25 on race day. For course details and registration information, visit newtownturkeytrot.com.
Members of Newtown High School’s girls’ swim team participated in the Class LL state championship qualifying meet in East Hartford on November 8. Several of the team members not only earned their seedings for the November 15 championships (set for 7 pm at Wesleyan University in Middletown), but set records in the process.
Newtown High School’s football team jumped out to a 21-0 lead after one quarter of play and coasted to a 42-6 victory over host Stratford on a cool, crisp November 7 evening. The Nighthawks improved to 9-0 and the Red Devils fell to 5-4.
Newtown High School’s divers competed in the Class LL state championships at Bulkeley High in Hartford on November 6. The Nighthawks’ top diver, Kari Djonne finished in second place, with a finals tally of 439.05, good for 27 points. Westhill/Stamford diver Rachel Burston was first with a score of 475.30 for 30 points.
Newtown High School is among 17 high school athletics programs to be selected as Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) Michaels Achievement Cup exemplary programs, recognizing outstanding achievement as overall athletics programs for the 2013-14 academic year.
The 17 schools represent all six classifications and are selected based on achievement in seven distinct areas: sportsmanship, participation, athletic scholarship, athletic personnel, equity, chemical-free initiatives, and athletic achievement.
Newtown High School’s girls’ volleyball team saw its strong season come to an end in a second-round Class LL state tournament match on November 6. The Nighthawks fell to host Southington 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-18).