Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ tennis teams both picked up victories this past week, with the squads defeating Bethel and Brookfield, and falling to Weston.
Maureen Maher, coach of the girls, has been pleased with her new-look team this spring. The two-time South-West Conference champions lost eight players between graduation, moves out of town, and players not returning, but that hasn’t prevented success. The Nighthawks won five of their first seven matches before a hard-fought 4-3 setback to Weston on April 28.
After a 12-7 setback to nonconference foe Conard at Blue & Gold Stadium on April 19, Coach Glenn Adams’ viewpoint was that if his Newtown High School’s boys’ lacrosse team’s first loss was just a “bump in the road,” and his team rebounded, there was nothing to worry about.
Fast forward a couple of days to the team’s return to South-West Conference play and a visit to Pomperaug of Southbury.
Newtown didn’t allow that bump to turn into a bouncy ride, and won 12-3.
Newtown High School’s baseball team, in its sixth game of the spring, picked up its first win — toppling host Oxford 15-9 on April 21.
The teams combined for 30 hits (15 apiece) and eight errors in a wild contest that featured eight opening-inning runs.
Newtown carried a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the first, but trailed 5-3 heading into the second inning. Oxford led 7-4 going to the fourth, but Newtown put up six runs to turn a three-run deficit into a three-run advantage, and never looked back.
During the preseason, Coach Bill Flood already had his sights on the April 30 visit to Heritage Village Country Club and a clash with South-West Conference rival Pomperaug of Southbury. As that date fast approaches, both Flood’s Newtown High School boys’ golf team (6-0 heading into Thursday’s meet with Notre Dame-Fairfield) and defending regular season conference champion Pomperaug (2-0 in the early going) continue to look like the best teams in the conference, Flood said.
Offensive fireworks were the story in one game, and a low-scoring battle unfolded in another as Newtown High School’s softball team split a pair of games this past week. The Nighthawks toppled visiting Weston 14-1 on April 17, then fell 2-1 at Oxford on April 21 to carry a 3-3 overall mark into an April 23 clash with Joel Barlow of Redding. Newtown defeated Barlow 8-3 (read about the game in the May 2 print edition of The Bee).