Eager Treadwell Day campers lined up outside the Treadwell Park basketball courts on August 6 as they anxiously awaited the start of a basketball and life skills clinic hosted by members of the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA).
The NBRPA has a two-pronged mission to assist former NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters and WNBA players in their transition from the playing court into life after the game, while also positively impacting communities and youth through basketball.
The Newtown Renegades 10-year-old baseball team competed in pool play of the Cal Ripken World Series in Ocala, Fla., August 10-14 and finally saw its magical season come to an end. The Renegades, coming off their New England Championship, fell 18-1 to South Lexington, Ky., on August 10, and dropped a 12-3 decision to West Raleigh, N.C., on August 12. The Renegades rebounded with a 9-7 win over Okeeheelee, Fla., on August 13.
Former Newtown High School standout softball player Kate Bowen helped the Stratford Brakettes to a 5-0 win over the Connecticut Charmers at Frank DeLuca Field in Stratford on August 11, as the Brakettes earned their fourth straight Women’s Major Softball (WMS) championship.
Bowen singled in her first at bat, then led off the bottom of the third inning with a double and scored on a Denise Dennis home run to break a scoreless tie.
Bowen also got on base in the fourth when she worked a two-out walk.
The Newtown One-Eyed Cats 11-year-old baseball team finished second in the New England Regional, losing to neighboring town Danbury in the final in Dover, N.H., in early August. The Connecticut teams proved to be the two best teams in the tournament, going a combined 7-1 versus the teams from Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
The Newtown 15U baseball team, which was runner up in the state championship, hosted the Babe Ruth New England Regional Tournament at Fairfield Hills in August. The other teams competing were Keene, NH, Braintree Mass, Central Maine, Pittsfield, Mass, Bennington, VT, Norwalk, and Cranston, RI. After meeting and greeting the teams at a welcome dinner held at Reed School in which the teams were provided with words of wisdom from UConn baseball coach Jim Penders, the tournament commenced in spirited fashion on Saturday, August 3 with all eight teams in action.
Four Sandy Hook fathers, John Principi, Brendan Duffy, Matt Murphy, and Jeremy O’Connell, cycled 192 miles in the Pan Mass Challenge August 3 and 4. The ride took the cyclists from Sturbridge to Bourne on day one and then Bourne to Provincetown day two.
Donations made to Newtown Youth Academy Sports & Fitness Center (NYA) make it possible for the center to offer the following programs to the Newtown community at no charge. Registration is requested for each program and can be done through NYA’s website, at NYASportsFitness.com.
NYA, at 4 Primrose Street, can be reached for additional information at 203-426-0088.
For Joseph Moravsky, scaling up and bouncing off walls, jumping across moving platforms, and pulling himself up a ladder with use of a metal bar — basically doing things superheroes and stunt devils do — is all about as routine and simple as everyday activities for those who have an opportunity to watch him in action on television this week.
The Newtown One-Eyed Cats defeated Danbury 6-2 to win the Cal Ripken 11-year-old division Connecticut state baseball championship at Mitchell Park in Bethel on July 27. Newtown won the first three games of the tournament and had to defeat defending New England Regional Champion Danbury one time in two tries to win the championship. Danbury defeated Newtown 6-4 on July 26 to force a winner-take-all game the next day.
Members of Newtown’s Cal Ripken 10U baseball team are feeling as if they are on top of the world. They are, after all, headed to the World Series. The Renegades captured the New England Regional Tournament championship with four consecutive wins, culminating with a come-from-behind 8-7 edging of Dedham, Mass in the championship game on July 27. The tourney was held at Cranston, RI’s Ricci Field, July 20-27.
With the triumph, the Newtown sluggers are headed to the 10U Cal Ripken World Series in Ocala, Fla, August 10-17.