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  • Grapplers Have New Leader, High Expectations

    Newtown High School’s wrestling team has a new leader as former Newtown Youth Wrestling Association Coach Chris Bray takes over and is joined by first-year NHS assistant Mike McKeever.

    “I’m very excited. It’s like I’m regaining my guys,” said Bray, noting that he’s reacquainted with many of his former youth grapplers, some of whom he’s coached for as many as eight years.

  • Help Select Sportsman Of The Year

    It’s time to select the winner of the Newtown Bee’s Award For Sportsman of the Year – named in honor of former Bee Sports Editor Kim Harmon. The award will go to someone who has had a significant impact on Newtown sports. Please drop us a line with your suggestion(s). Send via email to andyh@thebee.com; fax to 203-426-5169; or snail mail: PO Box 5503, Newtown, CT 06470.

  • Babe Ruth Baseball 16 Prep Team Tryouts December 22

    Tryouts and evaluations for the newly formed 16-year-old Newtown Babe Ruth Baseball Prep team will be held at the Sports Academy of Connecticut and New York in Danbury on Sunday, December 22, from 8 to 9 pm. Players cannot turn 17 prior to April 30, 2104. Register online at the Newtown Babe Ruth Baseball website, newtownbaseball.com. Contact Ed Brady at bradysports@charter.net for additional information.

  • Newtown’s Smith Propels Prep Into Title Game

    TRUMBULL — Colton Smith of Newtown piled up nearly 100 yards rushing the ball for the Fairfield Prep Jesuits, but perhaps the most important carry he had in the December 7 Class LL state playoff semifinal round game was a 13-yard loss for safety — a designed play that enabled the Jesuits to run the final seconds off the scoreboard clock to capture a thrilling 29-28 win over West Haven.

  • Youth Basketball Association’s Yard Clean Up Efforts, Food Drive Successful

    The Newtown Youth Basketball (NYBA) family is at it again. In efforts to achieve “Sportsmanship with Citizenship” the NYBA representatives have been doing everything they can to help out the community. They have held food drives, raked leaves, and hosted an event at a high school game for senior citizens.

  • Basketball Clinic At NYA

    Connecticut youth basketball players are invited to a Basketball Basics clinic, alongside Yale University men’s Basketball players, at Newtown Youth Academy Sports & Fitness Center December 28 and 29.

    Participants from kindergarten to eighth grade are encouraged to register for this established and proven training program. Cost is $10 per child.

    Register for the clinic at nyasportsfitness.com/sports/basketball.

    Times/age groups are as follows:

     

  • Newtown Racers Show Their Stuff On The Tracks

    Several racers — car and motocross — of a variety of ages are making names for themselves with standout performances on the tracks. The season heated up during the summer months and continued to stay busy for some competitors right through Thanksgiving. Here are some of the highlights:

     

    Damian Buccieri

  • NYBA Food Drive Saturday, December 7

    The Newtown Youth Basketball Association will hold its annual Food Drive to benefit the Morning Glory Breakfast program at the Dorothy Day House in Danbury this Saturday, December 7. Residents are asked to bring items specified for games below:

    *Hawley School: Midget Girls - 11 am to 1 pm. Bantam Girls - 2-4:30 pm – oatmeal.

    *Reed: Intermediate Girls - 9 am to 12:30 pm – juice. Junior Girls - 12:45-5:30 pm – coffee.

  • Nighthawks’ Furious Comeback Bid Falls A Couple Yards Short

    Newtown High School’s football team nearly erased a three-touchdown deficit but came up just short in a tough-to-swallow 35-33 loss to visiting Ridgefield in their Class LL state playoff quarterfinal round game at Blue & Gold Stadium on December 3.

  • NHS Football Update: Nighthawks Will Not Play December 14 If They Reach State Finals

    The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) Football Committee has approved a request from Newtown High Athletic Director Gregg Simon that if the Nighthawks advance to the Class LL title game, it will be played Friday, December 13.

    The CIAC typically schedules one championship on Friday and the remaining three on Saturday. With December 14 being the first anniversary of the events of 12/14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Mr Simon had requested a change of game date for his team.