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  • Boys Lose Tough One But Get Taste Of Playoffs In The Process

    FAIRFIELD — Newtown High School’s boys’ basketball team is proving to be quite a resilient and competitive group. The Nighthawks suffered a tough-to-swallow 63-59 loss to host Notre Dame-Fairfield on January 17, the team’s fifth loss by nine or fewer points, after reeling off four consecutive victories in the wake of a four-game slide to begin the season.

    “They compete — they play hard,” Newtown Coach Tim Tallcouch said after the Notre Dame game. “It’s all you can ask for.”

  • NHS Girls Cagers Involved In Close Battles

    DANBURY — Tension and pressure in sports tends to get magnified when playoff time rolls around. While the stakes aren’t as high in the regular campaign — when there is always another game to bounce back — down-to-the-wire nail-biters at any juncture of the campaign provide a little taste what potentially will come in the postseason.

  • Wood Bat Adult Baseball League

    A Men’s Senior League Baseball team is being formed to begin wood bat play in Newtown this spring. Cost to play will be determined based on interest among participants and possible sponsorship.

    Interested players ages 28–65-plus are asked to contact Joe Augustine at JJA789@gmail.com or call 323-533-5449 for more information.

  • Race4Chase Triathlon Program Expanding

    (AP) A children’s triathlon program inspired by the life a 7-year-old boy who was killed in the Sandy Hook School shooting is expanding in Connecticut.

    The CMAK Sandy Hook Memorial Foundation has reached an agreement with the Greater Waterbury YMCA, Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut in Danbury, and the Central Connecticut Coastal YMCA in Trumbull to host the Race4Chase Kid’s Tri program.

  • Free Snow Ski Clinics Open To Those With Disabilities

    Sandy Hook-based Leaps of Faith Adaptive Skiers Club invites individuals with any and all disabilities to hit the slopes this winter for adaptive skiing at Mount Southington in Plantsville. Leaps of Faith will offer both beginner and advanced snow ski classes with certified instructors.

  • Hawks Pile Up 10 Goals, Then Win In OT

    The way Newtown High School’s hockey team’s defensive and goaltending play have been, there hasn’t been an overwhelming need for explosiveness on offense. But that doesn’t mean the Nighthawks aren’t thrilled to pile up the goals as they did in a 10-3 win over the Shepaug-Litchfield-Nonnewaug team at Linen Rink in Washington, on January 10.

    The Nighthawks had blanked visiting Tri-Town 3-0 at Danbury Ice Arena on January 8 for their second straight shutout, then got that double-digit effort two days later.

  • Sharp-Shooting Boys Keep Up Winning Ways, Reach .500

    Troy Frangione, left, muscles by an Abbott Tech defender during Newtown's 74-54 win on January 10.

  • Nighthawk Girls Win Two Of Three On The Hardwood

    Newtown High School’s girls’ basketball team won two of its last three games to get into a little groove after a tough start to the season.

    The Nighthawks beat Bethel 50-34 on the road on January 9 in a game that had been postponed twice because of inclement weather. Then, after falling to a tough Lauralton Hall of Milford team 56-42 the next night, the Hawks earned a 45-28 win at Brookfield on January 14.

  • Torpedoes Swim 11,316 Laps For A Great Cause; Fundraising Continues

    Members of the Newtown Torpedoes swim team, on January 11, joined forces and hit the water at the Newtown High School pool for an event that had no first, second, or third place finishes affecting league standings, no opposing team, no heated races — but plenty of serious swimming and lots of heartfelt meaning. They swam lap after lap in the first Annual Newtown Torpedoes Swim-A-Thon, to raise money for the Daniel Barden Newtown Torpedoes Memorial Scholarship, in honor of the team member they lost in the Sandy Hook tragedy a little more than a year ago.

  • Newtown High School Wrestling Team Experiencing Success, But Not Content

    So far, so good for the Newtown High School wrestling team. The grapplers have won three early-season tournaments in Fairfield, Trumbull and, most recently Natick, Mass., and have had their way with four opponents in dual meets. Newtown placed fifth in the 14-team Danbury Holiday Tournament, won by the host Hatters.

    “We’ve been drilling a lot harder this year — practices are a lot harder,” 220-pound grappler Ryan Wagner said. “It’s definitely paying off a lot.”