Newtown High School’s girls’ basketball team battled past visiting Bethel 43-39, on January 16, for consecutive win number four. The Nighthawks improved to 8-2 overall and 4-0 in South-West Conference play; the Wildcats slipped to 4-7.
It was a physical-at-times, defensive-minded contest. The Nighthawks, ahead 19-17 at halftime, and 28-27 after three quarters, finally pulled away in the waning minutes. Bethel had just one second-half lead, at 23-22, but hung close until the finish.
Newtown High School’s wrestling team continued its winning ways, earning a 76-0 win at Stratford on January 14. The high school hockey team lost 9-3 to the New Fairfield-Immaculate of Danbury squad at Danbury Ice Arena the same night. Newtown High’s girls’ basketball team posted its second third straight victories with a 54-24 victory over Weston on January 12 and a 65-51 win at Brookfield the next night. The boys’ swimming and diving team was victorious in its third straight meet, toppling New Milford 96-74, on January 13.
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.