There has not been much practice for the Nighthawks. Holidays and snow days resulting in canceled school have left the Newtown High School swimmers with minimal time in the water to gear up for meets. The rust didn’t show in the team’s first meet in more than a week — a 100-75 win over visiting Bethel on January 7.
A table tennis event to support Newtown Memorial Fund will take place at Newtown High School, 12 Berkshire Road, on Saturday, January 25, beginning at 5:30 pm.
The event is a tournament for all ages, and refreshments will be served. Cost is $10 and tickets may be purchased at the door. All proceeds will benefit Newtown Memorial Fund, whose mission is to serve as "an ongoing remembrance that provides care and support for those directly affected today, and for the entire community, for the long term," according to its website.
The Newtown High School boys’ basketball team and Newtown Youth Basketball Association (NYBA) are teaming to host Pack The Gym Night to kick off the American Cancer Society’s Officials vs Cancer fundraising event during the Newtown versus Brookfield game at Newtown High School at 7 pm.
NYBA representatives will collect donations at the game, and present pink whistles to the referees. The high school players will wear pink ribbon logo socks provided by NYBA. Additionally, NYBA representatives will sell NYBA pink ribbon shirts.
Newtown High School’s boys’ basketball team has certainly been competitive in its four games of the season, but the team is yet to get that first taste of victory.
The Nighthawks dropped each game by a single-digit margin, falling by just two points in the season opener against New Fairfield. Although the first contest was the closest on the early season, Newtown Coach Tim Tallcouch has seen progress from game to game.
Newtown High School’s wrestling team, after battling with Bristol Eastern on December 26, competed in the Danbury Holiday Invitational on December 28. The Nighthawks (with 139 points) placed fifth in the 14-team invitational, won by Danbury (224).
Anthony Falbo took first place in the 152-pound weight class, beating Steven Beckham from Danbury. At 195, Andy Hubina went to the finals, but lost to Jared Wilsey of Bethel. Greg LaRussa (182), James Leuci (132), and Forest Speed (170) all took third place.
From great individual efforts — including record-setting performances — to thrilling team achievements — such as championship triumphs — 2013 had it all in the Newtown sports world. As we bid farewell to ’13 and turn the calendars — and our attention to the games ahead — to 2014, here’s a sampling of some of the many great accomplishments that took place on the Newtown playing surfaces during the past 12 months:
The Knights of Columbus will run its annual Free Throw Competition, sponsored by Newtown Council No. 185. There are ten categories of competition for boys and girls, ages 10-14 as of Jan 1.
The event will be held Sunday, January 5 at 2 pm in the St. Rose School Gym/Gathering Hall. The competition is expected to last for about an hour. There is no entry fee and registration will take place at the door.