The annual Newtown-Masuk of Monroe high school football game, traditionally played the night before Thanksgiving, has been switched to Tuesday, November 25, because of anticipated severe weather conditions, according to an announcement on the Newtown High School athletics webpage, nighthawksports.com. The game will be played at Blue & Gold Stadium, with the kickoff at 7 pm, as originally planned. Weather forecasts that originally called for rain, now have heavy snow on the radar.
Newtown High School’s football team has had pretty much everything – offense, defense, special teams – clicking throughout the regular season. So why not continue the winning formula to kick off the postseason?
The Nighthawks, in fact, shut out Brookfield 42-0 in the South-West Conference championship game at Southbury’s Pomperaug High School, on November 20. This was Newtown’s third straight SWC title, and second consecutive triumph over Brookfield in the pinnacle game.
The Newtown Youth Basketball Association will hold its annual 3 on 3 Tournament at NYA Sports & Fitness Center on Saturday, November 22.
The tournament is open to girls and boys and broken into age categories for basketball players in grade four through high school. The format will be double elimination, so every team plays at least two games. Tournament medals are awarded for first- and second-place in each division. Each team should register three players, and the cost per team is $100. All players receive a commemorative T-shirt.
In this day and age, technology is a significant part of society. One of the fastest forms of communication is through social media and cellphones. The Newtown High School athletic department has realized this, and capitalized on the situation. With 2,000 followers and counting, the NHS Athletics Twitter account (@nhsathletics) is keeping students, as well as friends and family members, up on the latest happenings on the courts and playing fields.
The Thursday, November 20, South-West Conference championship football game, between Newtown and Brookfield high schools, will take place at Pomperaug High School in Southbury. The game was originally scheduled to be played at Bunnell High in Stratford but the SWC announced this week the game location change. Game time remains the same — 7 pm. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults.
Newtown defeated Brookfield 21-14 on October 24. The teams also met in last year’s SWC title game, and the Nighthawks came out on top.
A trio of Newtown youth teams won Shoreline Youth Football Conference championships this past weekend. The fourth-grade squad earned an 18-0 win over North Branford, the sixth-graders topped Guilford 24-8, and the seventh-graders defeated Shelton 32-14. Additionally, the fifth-grade lineup earned a 34-33 win over Clinton in the consolation championship game.
Read more about all of these teams, and other playoff efforts by Newtown’s up-and-coming gridiron athletes in the November 21 print edition of The Bee.
Fresh off its fifth-place Class LL state championship meet, which was chockfull of team record-setting performances, Newtown High School’s swimming and diving team made another big splash in the State Open, placing 11th among 54 teams to score points and claiming a state record in diving along the way.
Newtown had 173 points as a team and first-place Darien had 510 to win the clash between schools from each of Connecticut’s four class sizes.
After a tough, defensive-minded, scoreless opening quarter of play, Newtown High School’s football team showed how explosive its offense can be during New Fairfield’s visit to Blue & Gold Stadium on November 14. The Nighthawks, on Senior Night – in fact – poured it on with five touchdowns before halftime en route to a 41-14 triumph. Newtown improved to 10-0 and New Fairfield fell to 6-4.
Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team placed fifth in the Class LL state championships, which culminated with the swimming events, at Wesleyan University in Middletown, on November 12. The Nighthawks set five team records and recorded one first place finish in the process. All told, the team set six school records, including second-place overall diver Kari Djonne’s program record-setting performance on in Hartford on November 6.
The annual Thanksgiving morning Turkey Trot will take place at 7:45 am on Thursday, November 27. The 5K race and fun walk, benefiting the Cyrenius H Booth Library, begins at Hawley Elementary School and ends at Newtown Middle School.
Cost is $25 to run and $20 to walk for those who register in advance; $30 and $25 on race day. For course details and registration information, visit newtownturkeytrot.com.