Since moving out of town after graduating from Newtown High School in 1985, Kelley Johnson has returned for the Labor Day Parade numerous times. Each visit has been special — Johnson had marched in the parade as a clown in fifth grade, and later as a member of the school band — but this year’s will have a different sort of significant meaning for Johnson.
The 9th Annual Newtown Road Race 5K and Kid’s Run will take place at Dickinson Park on Saturday, August 30. Nike presents the 5K race and the Newtown Prevention Council is sponsoring this year’s Kids Run to benefit Newtown Youth & Family Services. This year’s race will feature a new start time of 8 am. Parts of Route 302 will be closed from approximately 7 to 10 am.
Newtown High School Baseball Coach Matt Memoli will run the Fall Middle School Baseball Academy on five consecutive Sunday mornings, beginning Sunday September 14. The academy is geared toward helping young players make the transition to playing on the big diamond and at the next level. Players will learn hitting, fielding, and baserunning fundamentals, along with position specific work and instruction, from the NHS varsity coaching staff. The program is held at the NHS baseball field from 9 to 11 am Sundays September 14, 21, and 28, and October 5 and 12. Cost is $200.
Youth sports games are primarily for the enjoyment of participants, their proud parents, and other family members in attendance, and coaches who help their developing players improve.
In the case of Newtown youth baseball and basketball contests, the games also serve as an opportunity for an up-and-coming announcer to gain experience from the press box and scorer’s table, all the while adding to the at-the-field atmosphere for those team members and their families.
Adam Carley looks on as Newtown Youth Football player Stephen Sedensky runs during a drill at Treadwell Park in early August. Carley took over as president of the Newtown Youth Football and Cheerleading program this year.
The Newtown Renegades baseball team saw its regional title hopes end at the hands of Exeter, N.H., in a 4-1 loss at Glander Field on August 6.
The Renegades had won their first two Cal Ripken 11U New England Regional Tournament games, including a thrilling 8-7 win over Exeter, before falling to New Milford and Exeter in the rematch, to get dropped from the double-elimination tourney.
The Newtown Thunder rolled off a remarkable string of victories in a three-day period at Hawley School Field to win the Cal Ripken Summer Extreme 9B League playoffs. The Thunder had dropped a game early in the playoffs, resulting in a playoff run with no room for error the rest of the way. And the team showed its resiliency in its quest for the title, capping off the winning streak with a victory over the Newtown Nighthawks.
Newtown High School’s fall sports tryouts will be held later in August. Most teams will meet on Saturday, August 23. The football team will meet on Monday, August 18. Athletes are asked to bring water to all tryouts. Schedule is as follows:
Football: Monday, August 18. Meet at 2 pm in the boys’ locker room. Practice from 3:30 to 6 pm. Contact Coach Steve George at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information