Never mind head-to-head competitions. Mother Nature is having the biggest say in who wins and loses these days. And it’s been both teams “losing” (as in losing out) in given matchups thanks to hosts and visitors not getting a chance to play as a result of snowstorms.
A winter that has had the schedulers making more changes than coaches make to their lineups in blowouts continues to be a snowy (and game-altering) one.
Newtown's Anthony Falbo, right, competes with Bethel's Victor Vieira in the 152-pound weight division title match during the SWC championships in Southbury on February 16. Falbo won a 16-8 major decision to help the Nighthawks place second as a team.
The Newtown and Joel Barlow high school hockey teams will attempt to play their first annual Warrior Cup game on Friday, February 28. The game is slated to be played at Danbury Ice Arena at 7:50 pm. It was originally to have been played on February 5 and again on February 13, but snow postponed it both times.
Snowfalls that blanketed the area February 13 into Valentine’s Day postponed sporting events both days, and an anticipated subsequent storm made a change to one athletic event (the indoor track and field State Open) and threatened others slated for Saturday, February 15.
Throughout the years, Chris Bray coached up-and-coming wrestlers in the Newtown Youth Wrestling Association’s (NYWA) middle school and elementary programs. He taught young grapplers and prepared them to become strong high school competitors for nearly a decade. As it turned out, he was shaping many of them to become his team members once again, down the road.
The Nighthawks seem to have opponents right where they want them when trailing. Newtown High School’s boys’ basketball team has made a habit of erasing large deficits to scratch out close victories this season, the latest a 49-45 win over visiting Stratford on February 11.
Newtown trailed by six points at halftime and but eked out the win to improve to 10-6 overall and 8-2 in South-West Conference play.
The Newtown Soccer Club is hosting tryouts for a boys U9/U10 travel team to compete this spring season. The tryouts will be held during the week of March 10. The newly-formed team will compete in the Southwest District and be eligible for the Newtown Memorial Day Tournament. To qualify, participants must have a birthdate between August 1, 2003 and July 3, 2004 for U10, or August 1, 2004 and July 21, 2005 for U9. If interested, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Newtown High School girls’ basketball team ensured that it will continue its season once the regular campaign is complete by clinching a Class LL state playoff berth.
The Nighthawks did so by earning their eighth win of the season in a 41-20 triumph over visiting Weston on February 6. Newtown held a 16-2 lead after one quarter of play, and went ahead 28-6 at halftime before cruising past its winless foes.