Newtown High School’s wrestling team defeated host New Milford 42-18 on January 21. This was a battle of the top two teams in last year’s South-West Conference championships, won by the Green Wave in a nail-biter. In this matchup, the Nighthawks made sure there was little suspense, winning ten of 14 matches, although it wasn’t so easy. Newtown won only two matches via pinfall, and the Wave won the first two bouts of the nights for an early 9-0 lead before the Hawks reeled off nine victories in succession.
Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ indoor track and field teams competed in the Yale Classic Invitational in New Haven on January 16 and 17, and participated in the South-West Conference Developmental meet at Wesleyan University in Middletown on January 19.
A blocked shot, steal, go-ahead basket, and drawn charge in the waning seconds helped the host Newtown High School boys’ basketball team overcome a game-long deficit to shock Notre Dame-Fairfield 44-43 on January 20. The Nighthawks won their seventh game in a row.
Aspetuck Valley Rugby Club caters to boys ranging from age 8 through those in high school, from Newtown and area towns. The club fields teams for U10, 12, 14, 16, and 18, and half of the games are played on its home field in Redding.
Indoor preseason training is underway at the Redding Community Center gym on Lonetown Road (Route 107), behind Redding Elementary School. USA certified rugby coaches teach technique and safety. Register at aspetuckvalleyrugby.org.
Newtown High School’s hockey team pulled out a 7-6 win over Horace Greeley of New York in a battle at Danbury Ice Arena on January 17. The NHS wrestling team was also in action, and won the Eagle Classic in Manchester behind Matt Gonzalez’s 100th career win, and a trio of Newtown football players were recently honored. Here’s a brief recap:
The organizers of the Sandy Hook 5K are proud to announce the third annual race to honor the memories of the victims and support those affected by the tragic events of 12/14. The race event will take place on Saturday, March 28, on the campus of Fairfield Hills, beginning at 8:15 am with staggered kid fun runs and 9 am for the 5K. Online registration will open on the official race website, 5krunforshf.org, at 4 pm on Sunday, January 18.
Newtown High School’s girls’ basketball team battled past visiting Bethel 43-39, on January 16, for consecutive win number four. The Nighthawks improved to 8-2 overall and 4-0 in South-West Conference play; the Wildcats slipped to 4-7.
It was a physical-at-times, defensive-minded contest. The Nighthawks, ahead 19-17 at halftime, and 28-27 after three quarters, finally pulled away in the waning minutes. Bethel had just one second-half lead, at 23-22, but hung close until the finish.
Newtown High School’s wrestling team continued its winning ways, earning a 76-0 win at Stratford on January 14. The high school hockey team lost 9-3 to the New Fairfield-Immaculate of Danbury squad at Danbury Ice Arena the same night. Newtown High’s girls’ basketball team posted its second third straight victories with a 54-24 victory over Weston on January 12 and a 65-51 win at Brookfield the next night. The boys’ swimming and diving team was victorious in its third straight meet, toppling New Milford 96-74, on January 13.
Newtown High School’s wrestling team won the Greater Hartford Open on January 10.
Newtown scored 296.5 points to defeat ten opponents. Second-place New Milford had 184.5, and third-place Greenwich scored 142.5. The Nighthawks had 11 finalists, 10 champions, and 13 of 14 weight division grapplers among the top three. Newtown highlights from the finals of the Hartford tourney are as follows:
106: Tom Leuci pinned Foran of Milford’s Gino Esposito in 3:48.
The host Newtown High School boys’ basketball team used the fast-break—repeated transition baskets, many of which came off steals – to break Brookfield’s season-opening six-game winning streak with a 58-48 victory on January 13. While one stretch of victories came to an end, another continued. With the win, the Nighthawks made it five straight games without a loss and improved to 6-2. This was Newtown’s South-West Conference opener.