Halloween isn’t here just yet but there have been tricks — hat-tricks for both Clay Gattey and Charlie Poarch in a 6-1 win at Immaculate of Danbury on October 14 — and treats — four lopsided wins over conference foes to begin the month of October — for Newtown High School’s boys’ soccer team.
Newtown High School’s field hockey team blanked visiting Brookfield 2-0 in a potentially crucial South-West Conference clash at Treadwell Park on October 10. Newtown and Brookfield are among the teams on the South-West Conference playoff qualification fringe and the Nighthawks bolstered their chances of qualifying for the eight-team tourney by ending a three-game mini-slide with the shutout.
The Boot Trophy has been in Newtown High School’s possession since 1994. There was little question about whether or not things would remain status quo in the football team’s home tilt with New Milford at Blue & Gold Stadium on October 11. The Nighthawks jumped out to a commanding lead early on, went ahead 56-6 at halftime, and coasted to a 56-13 triumph to improve to 5-0. The visiting Green Wave fell to 1-4.
Newtown High School’s boys’ soccer team took the field against New Milford on October 3, and routed the Green Wave 5-1. The Nighthawks then blanked Brookfield 4-0 on October 8 to improve to 6-3-2 this season. Both games were held at Blue & Gold Stadium.
Against New Milford, Newtown came out of the gates quickly, scoring five straight goals until New Milford finally answered in the last ten minutes of the game.
Newtown High School’s boys’ and girls’ cross country teams competed in regular season-ending meets at New Milford High School on October 8.
The boys beat Oxford 15-50, edged Pomperaug of Southbury 26-30, and lost to New Milford 18-46 to finish the regular season with a record of 11-3. New Milford’s runners took eight of the top 11 spots so it quickly became about Newtown and Pomperaug.
Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team defeated host Stratford 85-71 on October 4, then lost 102-84 to visiting Lauralton Hall of Milford on October 8 in the final home meet of the campaign.
Despite falling short against Lauralton, the Nighthawks impressed Coach Zach Gauvin with a competitive meet highlighted by strong swims.
NYA Sports & Fitness Center will host its fifth Open Play Day on Friday, October 18. All Newtown children in grades 7-8 are invited to visit NYA between 3 and 4:30 pm; grades 5-6 will have open access from 4:30 to 6 pm; K-4 will have the facility from 6 to 7:30; and high school students will be welcomed from 7:30 until 9 pm.
Newtown High School’s girls’ soccer team had rebounded from a 1-0 loss, on the road, to the New Milford Green Wave on October 3 with a 2-1 win at Portsmouth, RI two days later. The Nighthawks tied visiting Brookfield 1-1 on October 8.
New Milford’s only goal was scored in the 25th minute by Sierra Grazia and assisted by Rachel Weir. Newtown goalkeeper Alyssa Ruefenacht had six saves in the losing effort. New Milford’s goalie Tara Lynch had three saves in the victory.
The Fourth Annual Turkey Trot 5K Road Race, in support of C.H. Booth Library, will be held on Thanksgiving morning, November 28, at 7:45 am.
The course remains the same as last year’s with a start at Hawley Elementary School, a downhill stretch on Main Street past the flagpole, and the finish at Newtown Middle School. A steep hill on Schoolhouse Road at the start of the course and another long hill on Grand Place at the end of the course will guarantee that all runners will earn their stuffing on Thanksgiving Day.
The Newtown High School girls’ volleyball team will host Oxford for their annual breast cancer fundraiser on Friday, October 11. Oxford’s visit to Newtown High School marks the fifth annual Dig Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Match put on by the rival South-West Conference Schools.