A physical battle, under a mostly steady drizzle, came down to a round of penalty kicks at Blue & Gold Stadium, on November 10. For the second day in a row, a Simsbury soccer team ousted Newtown High from the state playoffs in PKs. A day after the girls were eliminated, Newtown’s Class LL ninth-seeded boys suffered a 2-1 (5-4 in PKs) loss to the No. 24 Trojans in the first round.
Newtown High School’s field hockey, girls’ soccer, and girls’ volleyball team all battled in state tournament action on Monday, November 9.
The field hockey team, seeded 15th in the Class L bracket, blanked No. 18 Amity of Woodbridge 3-0 in a qualifying-round contest, under the lights at Blue & Gold Stadium. Kayla DiSibio, Alison Kelleher, and Shannon Lynch all had second-half goals. Newtown advances to visit No. 2 Conard of West Hartford in the first round, on Wednesday, November 11, beginning at 5 pm.
Sparked by a record-setting performance in the diving portion of the South-West Conference championships by Kari Djonne, Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team placed fourth among ten teams. The diving finals were held at New Fairfield High School on November 4, and the swimming events took place at Masuk High in Monroe on November 7.
Newtown scored 308 points. Weston High won the title with 531.5, Pomperaug of Southbury was runner-up with 514, and Brookfield came in third with 383. Host Masuk placed fifth with 259.
Newtown High School’s girls’ cross country team placed fifth in the state open, at Wickham Park in Manchester, on November 6. The Nighthawks’ five fastest finishers totaled a score of 180, as the Hawks edged sixth-place Pomperaug of Southbury (186). Tolland, with 97, easily won the meet; second-place Glastonbury had 131, Ridgefield had 152, and Staples of Westport had 171. There were 21 schools represented by the state’s top runners from all of the class sizes.
Newtown High School’s postseason continues with soccer, field hockey, and volleyball state tournament action, getting underway on Monday, November 9. Brackets were released by the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, on the morning of November 6, and complete information is available on the ciac tournament webpage.
Newtown High School’s Kari Djonne finished first, and Gillian Eckwall was second, in the South-West Conference diving championships, at New Fairfield High School, on November 4. Djonne broke the SWC record with a score of 557.95.
The diving results count toward the swim team championships, which will take place on Saturday, November 7, at Masuk High in Monroe, beginning at 4 pm.
Newtown High School will celebrate 50 years of football and honor the 1965 team at its game against New Milford, on Friday, November 6. Former players will be on hand for the celebration, and fans are encouraged to come out to see the men who were a part of the start of 11-on-11 football in town.
Former players will be honored on the field at Blue & Gold Stadium at 6:45 pm, and kickoff is set for 7 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens.
Newtown High School’s girls’ soccer team, seeded sixth in the South-West Conference tournament, and coming off an upset of third-seeded Weston in the quarterfinals, pushed No. 2 New Milford into double overtime in the semifinals. But the Green Wave prevailed 3-2, in a November 3 battle at neutral site Joel Barlow in Redding.