The balancing act of providing field space for youth and adult athletics and accommodating a combination of the most competitive of those children (and their parents), as well as out-of-town players on travel and premier squads, has been a tricky one for Newtown Parks & Recreation officials.
Newtown Recreation officials now hope some changes to the field use procedures will make Newtown residents happy while not shutting out nonresidents altogether. They also hope to maximize use of the town’s field space in the process.
The 2014 Newtown Savings Bank Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, to benefit the C. H. Booth Library, will take place Thursday morning. Travelers can expect brief delays and road closures Thursday, November 28, between the hours of 7:30 and 9:30 am, in and around the center of town.
Faced with a halftime deficit for the first time this season, and held scoreless through two quarters for that matter, Newtown High School’s football team turned things around in its clash with rival Masuk of Monroe on November 25. The host Nighthawks overcame a 7-0 hole to roll to a 28-7 triumph at Blue & Gold Stadium and carries an unbeaten mark into the Class LL state playoffs, which are scheduled to start on December 6.
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.
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 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.