Newtown High School’s wrestling team won the Greater Hartford Open on January 10.
Newtown scored 296.5 points to defeat ten opponents. Second-place New Milford had 184.5, and third-place Greenwich scored 142.5. The Nighthawks had 11 finalists, 10 champions, and 13 of 14 weight division grapplers among the top three. Newtown highlights from the finals of the Hartford tourney are as follows:
106: Tom Leuci pinned Foran of Milford’s Gino Esposito in 3:48.
The host Newtown High School boys’ basketball team used the fast-break—repeated transition baskets, many of which came off steals – to break Brookfield’s season-opening six-game winning streak with a 58-48 victory on January 13. While one stretch of victories came to an end, another continued. With the win, the Nighthawks made it five straight games without a loss and improved to 6-2. This was Newtown’s South-West Conference opener.
Members of Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ indoor track teams competed in the Elm City Coaches Invite at Hillhouse High School in New Haven on January 10. Highlights are as follows:
The 4x800 meter relay squad, of Erin Tressler, Emma Bayuk, Camryn Ciccarelli, and Jess Keller, improved its state qualifying time to 10:27.24. The sprint medley relay team of Shay Fahey, Makenna Cerney, Shelby Tolla, and Emma Bayuk improved its state qualifying time to 4:38.73.
AC Connecticut, the state’s only Premier Development League (PDL) soccer team, will hold its first round of open tryouts for the 2015 season, from noon to 2 pm on Friday, January 16, at NYA Sports & Fitness Center, 4 Primrose Street.
Newtown Middle School’s physical education department will host a Family Fitness Night at Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen Street, from 6 to 7:30 pm on Tuesday, January 20.
The Family Fitness Night event, which is free, will take place in both the A and B gyms and will comprise cardio and weight training, and crossfit training, along with team sports such as volleyball or basketball.
The old saying “never judge a book by its cover” certainly applied for the Newtown High School girls’ basketball team in each of its last two games — a 58-44 loss to Saddle River Day School in New Jersey on January 3 and a 54-40 win over visiting Stratford on January 6. A 14-point loss is a 14-point loss? And a 14-point win is a 14-point win?
Newtown High School’s boys’ swimming and diving team, on January 6, returned from a two-week break from meets by easing back into competition with an 89-77 win over the visiting Bunnell-Stratford co-op team. Newtown, after sealing the team win in the 500 yard freestyle race, exhibitioned the final four events and improved to 2-1 this winter.
Newtown High School’s hockey, boys’ basketball, and wrestling teams were all victorious on January 7. On the ice, Newtown High’s hockey team played its third consecutive one-goal game, and won its second straight, with a 4-3 edging of host Wethersfield-Rocky Hill-Middletown at Newington Arena. Newtown’s boys’ cagers extended their winning streak to four with a 66-57 win at Abbott Tech in Danbury. The wrestling team had its home opener against Masuk of Monroe and earned a 72-3 victory for its ninth win in ten matches to begin the year.