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  • Hawk Skaters Overcome Obstacles In Season-Opening Win, Then Come Back For Tie

    DANBURY — Newtown High School’s hockey team overcame a 2-0 deficit and a physical Masuk of Monroe squad to skate away with a hard-fought 3-2 win in the season opener, at Danbury Ice Arena, on December 19.

    The Nighthawks then battled back from a 3-1 hole late in the third period to salvage a 3-3 tie with nonconference foe Wilton, also in Danbury, on December 21. Cooper McLean scored twice in the final stanza, including the tying tally with just ten seconds remaining to give Newtown a 1-0-1 record to begin the campaign.

  • Boys’ Basketball Team Shows Character In Season Opener

    Newtown High School’s boys’ basketball team nearly erased an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter but a late-game comeback fell just short in a season-opening 51-49 loss to visiting New Fairfield on December 19.

    This was a foul-filled contest and both teams saw the outcome literally on the line — the free throw line — down the stretch. All told, the host Nighthawks shot 9 of 20 from the line, and the Rebels were 13 for 23.

  • Girls’ Basketball Team Pulls Away, Earns Confidence-Building Win

    It may be very early in the campaign, but it’s never too soon for a team to get its first win, especially with a fairly new roster on the court. Newtown High School’s girls’ basketball team, in its second game of the season, pulled away to defeat visiting Immaculate of Danbury 51-36 on December 16 — a victory Coach Jeremy O’Connell wasn’t about to downplay.

  • 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.

  • Babe Ruth Hot Stove Dinner January 16

    Newtown Babe Ruth Baseball will have its Third Annual Hot Stove Dinner on Thursday, January 16, from 6 to 9 pm at The Waterview in Monroe. This night of baseball is designed to promote a positive baseball culture in the area and will include a talk from current Major Leaguer John McDonald.

  • 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.

  • 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.