Personal best times up and down the Newtown High School boys’ swim team’s lineup not only helped the Nighthawks to a fourth-place finish in the March 6 South-West Conference championships at Masuk High in Monroe, but also gave Coach Zach Gauvin plenty of positive signs and, thus, things to say about his team as the competitors head into the state finals.
The tipoff time for Newtown High School’s boys’ basketball team’s Class LL state tournament first round game has been changed. The Nighthawks will host Kennedy of Waterbury at 6 pm tonight, Monday, March 9. The game was originally scheduled for 7 pm. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students.
Newtown is the tournament’s No. 16 seed and Kennedy is the No. 17 team in the bracket. This is a rematch of last year’s opening round clash when then No. 11 Kennedy beat the No. 22 Nighthawks in Waterbury.
Newtown High School’s wrestling team put forth a valiant effort in the New England championship competition in North Andover, Mass., March 6-7, and placed second among 169 schools. Newtown had two finalists and four grapplers among the top five to compile 84 points. Mt Anthony of Vermont won the meet with 122.5 points.
The Harlem Wizards returned to Newtown High School on Sunday, February 22, to perform a comedy basketball game against a team of Newtown teachers and school staff to raise money for the district’s PTSA and PTAs.
The Harlem Wizards are a professional entertainment basketball team, according to a release for the event. Each player brings unique talent and humor to the court, and events include audience participation during the halftime show and a free autograph session at the end of each game.
Newtown High School’s Tommy Horan won the 100 yard backstroke race at the South-West Conference championship swim meet, at Masuk High on March 6. Horan made his final touch in a time of 54.74, cutting nearly three seconds from his season’s best time of 57.83. The Nighthawks scored 331.50 points to place fourth as a team behind first-place Pomperaug of Southbury (663), Brookfield (522.50), and Weston (390).
Newtown High School’s girls’ basketball team’s Class LL state playoff second round contest, on the road against Mercy of Middletown, will take place at 5 pm tonight, March 6. The game was originally listed to have a 7 pm start time as is listed in The Bee’s March 6 print edition coverage of Nighthawks. The No. 14 Nighthawks defeated No. 19 Conard in the first round. Mercy, the third seed in the bracket, defeated No. 30 East Hartford in the opening round.
Newtown High School’s girls’ basketball team held visiting Conard of West Hartford to just a dozen second-half points on the way to a 45-37 victory in the first round of the Class LL state tournament on March 4. The Nighthawks, seeded 14th in the bracket, trailed only once in the second half before advancing past the Chieftains.
Newtown High School’s gymnastics team placed seventh in the Class L state championship meet, at Pomperaug High in Southbury, on February 28. The Nighthawks scored 125.375 points; Southington won the competition with a score of 139.125.
Newtown Softball will hold player evaluations at NYA Sports & Fitness this Saturday, March 7, from 6 to 8 pm. Age groups will be scheduled as follows: U8 (6 pm), U10 (6:30 pm), and U12/14 (7 pm). Prospective players will be evaluated on the turf on throwing, fielding, and hitting. For more information and to sign up, visit www.newtownsoftball.org.