Newtown High School’s boys’ basketball team fended off multiple comeback efforts by the host Masuk Panthers en route to a 70-62 victory, the team’s third straight win, on January 5. Newtown improved to 4-2 overall, and Masuk fell to 4-2.
Every time the Panthers tried to build momentum, Newtown got a key steal, rebound, or basket to maintain the lead.
“They made their runs. We hung tough,” Newtown Coach Tim Tallcouch said. “We answered every one of their runs with a run of our own.”
Newtown High School’s wrestling and boys’ basketball teams earned wins on Saturday, January 3. The wrestling squad won the Trumbull Duals, defeating Pomperaug of Southbury 63-9, Daniel Hand of Madison 70-5, Nanuet, N.Y., 70-3, and Trumbull 47-15 in the finals to claim the title. Luca Crudo joined teammate James Leuci in the 100-win club, and Matt Gonzalez moved closer to reaching that plateau.
Newtown High School’s boys’ basketball team defeated Kolbe Cathedral of Bridgeport, 76-65, in the consolation game of the Wilton Holiday Tournament on December 29.
Will Dalton led Newtown with 32 points and came up with eight steals; he was named to the All Tournament Team. Harry Depuy registered a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds, Jeremy Doski added seven assists, and Charlie Huegi had five assists. Newtown improved to 2-2 heading into a Saturday, January 3, visit from Torrington — tipoff is set for 6 pm.
Coming off a campaign in which it was narrowly edged out by New Milford for the South-West Conference championship, scoring 130.65 points to New Milford’s 130.9, and only two winters removed from winning the conference crown, Newtown High School gymnastics team is looking to again be in contention to be among the best in the SWC. It will take quick emergence among the team’s sophomores and freshmen, who comprise six of the nine team members, and some turnaround in the health department for Newtown to get into postseason shape.
It may be early in the season, but the Danbury Holiday Wrestling Tournament had a postseason feel as some of the state’s best teams tangled on the mats on December 27. Newtown High, defending Class LL state champion, came out on top in the event which included last year’s Class L champion New Milford, as well as the State Open winners, the tournament hosts from Danbury High.
Luca Crudo (113 pound division), Anthony Falbo (170), Joe Accousti (152), and Andy Hubina (195) all won weight division championships to help the Nighthawks capture the team title.
Newtown High School had strong representation for fall season recognition. The following athletes earned All State honors: Cross country: Sarah Mawdsley; Soccer: Clay Gattey (All New England) and Jessica Keller; Football: Julian Dunn, Tim Krapf, and Ben Mason; Volleyball: Kyle Dandrea; Swimming and diving: Kari Djonne, Mary Hufziger, Eliza Eggleston, Amanda Mele, and Amy Martinelli.
Newtown High School’s boys’ swimming and diving team defeated Masuk of Monroe on December 22, and the basketball, hockey, and wrestling teams all had competitions on December 23 before taking a break for the holidays.
The swim team topped host Masuk 85-77 to even its record at 1-1. The girls’ basketball team won its second straight game with a 59-52 victory over visiting Masuk. Newtown was led by Mali Klorczyk’s career high 26 points, including five 3-pointers.
Newtown High School's wrestling team won the Fairfield Ludlowe Invitational on December 20, and 138-pound grappler James Leuci earned his 100th career win in the process. Anthony Falbo earned the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler Award.
The Nighthawks scored 317 points to easily outscore runner-up Ludlowe, which had 180. Newtown had 11 finalists and nine champions. Wrestlers from 14 schools participated in the tourney.
The following Newtown wrestlers won championships in their weight divisions: