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  • Divers Made Quite A Splash, Tops In State Open

    Newtown High School divers, this past fall, made a big splash at the state level. The Nighthawks, collectively, recorded the top scores among all of the state’s teams, helping the NHS girls’ swimming and diving team to an overall 17th-place finish among 57 squads in the State Open.

    “At the beginning of the season we definitely knew we had one of the more talented groups in the state,” Coach Zach Gauvin said.

  • Cyclocross Saturday At Fairfield Hills

    Connecticut bicycling organizations, the Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program (CCAP) and Team 26 are partnering to host a cyclocross bicycle event to begin at 9 am on Saturday, December 21, at Fairfield Hills.

    All ages and skill levels are invited to participate — or be a spectator — at this fun and competitive bicycling event. The course will be held on a two-mile circuit with surfaces ranging from pavement to grassy fields to dirt trails. Cyclocross and mountain bikes without bar-ends are recommended.

  • Swim Team Ahead Of Schedule As It Ramps Up Training

    Given the high volume of swimmers who enter into the campaign already with club team yardage under their belts, Newtown High School boys’ swimming and diving Coach Zach Gauvin has his team training hard in preseason.

    “We’re starting off with a bang,” said Gauvin, adding that the team members are already swimming the number of yards in practice — about 8,000 per day — that they were up to midway through last season.

  • Track Teams Off And Running (Throwing And Jumping Too)

    Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ indoor track teams will lean on the experience and stamina of their distance runners, the development of sprinters, and skill of the throwers as they strive to succeed this winter.

    Coach Doug Russell has more than 100 competitors in the program and, given the numbers and what he’s seen from returning athletes, the potential is there for the Nighthawks to be strong across the board.

  • Grapplers Have New Leader, High Expectations

    Newtown High School’s wrestling team has a new leader as former Newtown Youth Wrestling Association Coach Chris Bray takes over and is joined by first-year NHS assistant Mike McKeever.

    “I’m very excited. It’s like I’m regaining my guys,” said Bray, noting that he’s reacquainted with many of his former youth grapplers, some of whom he’s coached for as many as eight years.

  • Help Select Sportsman Of The Year

    It’s time to select the winner of the Newtown Bee’s Award For Sportsman of the Year – named in honor of former Bee Sports Editor Kim Harmon. The award will go to someone who has had a significant impact on Newtown sports. Please drop us a line with your suggestion(s). Send via email to andyh@thebee.com; fax to 203-426-5169; or snail mail: PO Box 5503, Newtown, CT 06470.

  • Babe Ruth Baseball 16 Prep Team Tryouts December 22

    Tryouts and evaluations for the newly formed 16-year-old Newtown Babe Ruth Baseball Prep team will be held at the Sports Academy of Connecticut and New York in Danbury on Sunday, December 22, from 8 to 9 pm. Players cannot turn 17 prior to April 30, 2104. Register online at the Newtown Babe Ruth Baseball website, newtownbaseball.com. Contact Ed Brady at bradysports@charter.net for additional information.

  • Newtown’s Smith Propels Prep Into Title Game

    TRUMBULL — Colton Smith of Newtown piled up nearly 100 yards rushing the ball for the Fairfield Prep Jesuits, but perhaps the most important carry he had in the December 7 Class LL state playoff semifinal round game was a 13-yard loss for safety — a designed play that enabled the Jesuits to run the final seconds off the scoreboard clock to capture a thrilling 29-28 win over West Haven.

  • Hockey Team Has Large Roster, Hunger, And D-III Status All On Its Side

    Newtown High School’s hockey team enters into the 2013-14 campaign facing some on- and off-ice changes. Returning skaters are hungry for success following a disappointing finish to the previous season, and given the potential for winning ways under a changed conference alignment and state division placement.

  • Defending Champion Gymnasts Boast Experience Throughout Lineup

    The defending South-West Conference champion Newtown High School gymnastics team is preparing for what Coach Keirsten Raccio and her competitors hope will be another successful season.

    The Nighthawks lost just one senior, Leah Wallace, and not only bring back a wealth of talent but also bring in some newcomers who bring plenty of skill to the uneven bars, balance beam, vault, and floor.