If at first you don’t succeed — try again. The adage certainly applied for Newtown High School’s field hockey team in a 2-0 win at Southington in the qualifying round of the Class L state tournament on November 3.
Newtown High School’s girls’ soccer team will begin state playoff action with a visit to New Milford on Tuesday, November 4. The game, originally scheduled for 2 pm has been changed to 4 pm. Newtown is the No. 22 seed in the Class LL state tournament and New Milford is the No. 11 team in the bracket. The South-West Conference rivals played to a 1-1 tie during the regular season. New Milford, the No. 3 seed in the SWC tourney, went on to win the conference tournament title.
Strong serving and passing lifted Newtown High School’s girls’ volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-14) win over visiting Hamden in the Class LL state tournament’s first round on November 3.
The Nighthawks, seeded ninth in the bracket, shook off some mistakes and strong play by the No. 24 Green Dragons to advance into the second round. Newtown will visit No. 8 Southington, which defeated No. 25 Bristol Central, at 6 pm on Thursday, November 6.
National Wheelchair Basketball Association players compete in the McKane & Kennedy Memorial Tournament at NYA Sports & Fitness Center on October 25. The Connecticut Spokebenders and NYA hosted the tourney, which included six teams.
Sparked by a record-setting performance by its 200 yard freestyle relay team, Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team placed second in the South-West Conference championships, which wrapped up with swimming events at Masuk High in Monroe on November 1.
Perennial powerhouse Pomperaug of Southbury won the competition with 581 points. Newtown scored 415 to beat out Weston (third place with 391 points) for the runner-up team finish. Brookfield was fourth and host Masuk was fifth in the 11-team championship.
Newtown High School’s girls’ volleyball, field hockey, and girls’ and boys’ soccer teams all qualified for state tournament action, which gets going on Monday, November 3, and Tuesday, November 4. Only the volleyball squad earned a first-round home match; the others will have to prove their mettle on the road to advance into second-round play.
The Newtown High School football team didn’t need to do anything tricky to treat themselves to an easy 54-13 win under the lights at Weston High on Halloween. Newtown was scary-good from the start, piling up 34 first-quarter points en route to a 48-0 halftime lead. The Nighthawks improved to 8-0 and Weston fell to 3-5.
The first touchdown came on defense when Ben Mason recovered a fumble and ran the ball back 11 yards for a score. Jaret DeVellis found the end zone on a 38-yard run and Newtown had a 14-0 lead less than three minutes into the game.
Newtown High School’s Kari Djonne won the South-West Conference diving championship at Pomperaug High School in Southbury on October 29. Djonne had a score of 489.15 which broke the SWC record of 398.50, set in 2009.
Djonne also set Newtown High School team and pool records in her performances this season. Newtown's diving team, including Gillian Eckwall, Sarah MacMullen, and Emma Wolfman, has routinely helped led the Nighthawks to one-two-three finishes in meets this season.
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.