Over the past decade, an increasing public awareness about treating and preventing concussions, especially among younger rec league, school, and college athletes, has brought the issue out of emergency rooms and into living rooms. It now concerns not just coaches, but whole communities.
Weeks before UConn’s starting quarterback Casey Cochran made national headlines announcing he was leaving the team because of repeated concussions, the Newtown High School sports department scheduled a student-parent forum on concussions.
Chasing teams in the standings in the final two weeks of the regular season, Newtown High School’s boys’ soccer team picked up a pair of crucial wins — defeating visiting Joel Barlow of Redding on October 8 and host Immaculate of Danbury two days later.
Newtown Youth Wrestling Association is holding its second free Introduction to Youth Wrestling clinic at NYA Sports & Fitness, 4 Primrose Street, on Sunday October 12 from 10:30 to 11:45 am — no need to sign up, just show up.
After a tough 2-1 loss to visiting Masuk of Monroe at Blue & Gold Stadium on October 6, Newtown High School’s boys’ soccer team members listened to their coach talk about the importance of earning wins in upcoming games.
“If we do not collect points we will not make the SWC tournament,” he told them.
A two-game losing streak was snapped by the Newtown High School field hockey team at Blue & Gold Stadium on October 1. The girls faced off against Masuk of Monroe and came away with a 7-0 win to improve to 5-4 overall. Newtown had beaten Masuk 3-1 earlier in the season, and had a much easier time in the rematch behind the scoring of a variety of players.
Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team, after a 6-0 start, suffered a 101-85 loss at unbeaten Pomperaug of Southbury on October 2. The Nighthawks rebounded with a 92-81 victory over visiting Stratford on October 7.
Newtown Coach Zach Gauvin noted that his team had plenty to be pleased with in the meet with Pomperaug.