The Newtown High School girls’ soccer team finished out the regular season strong, winning three out of its last four games. Newtown put in a good stretch run fighting it out for a spot in the South-West Conference playoffs, narrowly missing the eighth and final spot.
Despite the disappointment of missing the opportunity to play in the SWC tournament, Coach Marc Kenney was very pleased with the team’s effort and overall improvement especially toward the end of the season.
Back on October 6, Newtown High School’s girls’ volleyball team upset Weston in four games, sparking the team’s ten-match winning streak which led the Nighthawks into a conference tournament rematch with the Trojans with a spot in the championship on the line.
On October 29, Weston turned the tables on the Nighthawks, as the South-West Conference’s third seed executed a mild upset of the No. 2 Hawks, earning a 3-1 (25-18, 15-25, 25-18, 25-18) victory in the tournament semifinals at Monroe’s Masuk High School.
Newtown High School’s girls’ volleyball team won its South-West Conference playoff opener, toppling visiting New Milford 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-14) on October 27. The Nighthawks, the tourney’s No. 2 seed, survived scares in each of the first two games, then pulled away in the clincher to overcome the No. 7 Green Wave in this quarterfinal-round match.
Newtown advances to take on No. 3 Weston, a winner over No. 6 Bunnell of Stratford, in the tourney’s semifinals (scheduled to take place at neutral site Masuk of Monroe on Wednesday, October 29 at 5 pm).
Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ cross country teams participated in the Class LL state championship meet at Wickham Park in Manchester on October 25. The girls placed sixth as a team and the boys were 12th.
Glastonbury, with a meet-low 56 points, won the girls' competition; Newtown had 220 points. There were 21 Class LL teams and 146 finishers in the meet.
Newtown High School’s boys’ soccer team, the No. 5 seed in the South-West Conference Tournament, traveled to Redding to tangle with No. 4 Joel Barlow in the tourney’s quarterfinals on October 24. Newtown, after beating the Falcons twice late in the regular season — holding Barlow to just one goal in those two games — fell behind 2-0 in the opening half and couldn’t overcome the early deficit. Barlow prevailed 2-0 to advance to the semifinals. The Nighthawks will try to bounce back in the upcoming state tournament.
In a battle of unbeaten South-West Conference football rivals, Newtown High School’s football team shook off some mistakes and penalties and overcame a tough Brookfield squad for a 21-14 victory at Blue & Gold Stadium on October 24. Newtown improved to 7-0 and Brookfield fell to 6-1 in a rematch of last season’s conference championship game, won by Newtown.
The host Nighthawks scored all of their points in the opening half as Nick Rubino and Jaret DeVellis both scored on a three-yard runs, and Jacob Burden hooked up with Julian Dunn on a 17-yard TD pass.
Newtown High School’s field hockey and girls’ soccer teams concluded their regular seasons on October 22, with the field hockey team hosting Bethel and the soccer team visiting Pomperaug of Southbury. The field hockey team, with a 2-1 win over Bethel, locked up a state playoff spot.
Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team concluded the regular season with a 94-81 win over visiting Masuk of Monroe on October 21. Newtown finished the campaign with 9-1 mark as the team gets ready for the South-West Conference championships; the diving competition will take place at Pomperaug High School in Southbury at 5:30 pm on October 29, and the swim events will unfold at Masuk High at 1 pm on November 1.
Newtown High School’s girls’ volleyball team heads into the South-West Conference playoffs riding high, having won eight straight matchups with SWC opponents, and the Nighthawks will look to carry that success over into the conference tournament, set to begin on Monday, October 27.
The Nighthawks finished 11-2 in SWC play and carried a 13-4 overall mark into the season finale, a nonconference clash with visiting East Lyme, set for 5:30 pm on Friday, October 24.