The Newtown High School girls’ basketball team ensured that it will continue its season once the regular campaign is complete by clinching a Class LL state playoff berth.
The Nighthawks did so by earning their eighth win of the season in a 41-20 triumph over visiting Weston on February 6. Newtown held a 16-2 lead after one quarter of play, and went ahead 28-6 at halftime before cruising past its winless foes.
DANBURY — Newtown High School’s hockey team members hope to get some extra ice time in March with runs deep in the conference and state playoffs. For now, they’re getting more shots, saves, and hits thanks to overtime games in the regular season.
The Nighthawks played in their fifth overtime battle of the campaign — a tilt that ended in a scoreless deadlock with host New Fairfield-Immaculate of Danbury — at Danbury Ice Arena on February 8. Newtown is 2-0-3 in OT battles.
Newtown High School senior Jenna Calandro earned the Class LL state title in the pole vault event by clearing the bar with a height of 11 feet, seven inches in the championship meet at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven on February 8.
It may have been a little short of Calandro’s school indoor track record-setting 12-foot-3 effort but it was enough to beat out her closest competitor by more than a foot. And, what’s more, it set a Class LL championship record.
The Newtown and Joel Barlow high school hockey teams will play their first annual Warrior Cup game on Thursday, February 13. The game will be played at Danbury Ice Arena at 5:30 pm. It was originally to have been played on February 5 but snow postponed it. Both teams are joining forces to raise funds to support the Wounded Warrior Project.
Donations will be accepted at the game and online using this link: https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/individual-fundraising/Newtown. The teams are striving to raise $10,000.
MILFORD — The Sandy Ground Project was established by the New Jersey Fireman’s Benevolent Association last year. Its mission is to build 26 playgrounds along the coast of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut in towns hit by Hurricane Sandy. Each playground honors and provides a lasting memory of the 26 children and teachers who lost their lives on December 14, 2012.
Milford will be the location of one of those playgrounds. It will be built in memory of James Mattioli, a 6-year old who was among the children killed on 12/14.
After losing a 52-49 double-overtime thriller at Joel Barlow of Redding on January 31, the Newtown High School girls’ basketball team got back on track, beating the visiting New Milford Green Wave, 43-36, in a very important late-season game, on February 4.
Newtown was led by Sarah Lynch who had 19 points and also led the team with three steals. Cassie Ekstrom contributed to the win by bringing down 11 rebounds. Mali Klorczyk gave the team a spark after hitting back to back 3-pointers and tacking on a couple more clutch buckets.
Another game, another close outcome – a fifth straight hard-fought win for the Newtown High School boys' basketball team.
The Nighthawks used a wild fourth-quarter outburst to go on a 27-15 run to overcome host New Milford for a 71-62 win on February 4. Newtown earned its fifth straight victory to improve to 9-5 overall and 7-1 in South-West Conference play. New Milford fell to 4-10 overall (1-8 in SWC action).
Newtown High School’s gymnastics team scored 127.6 points to tie host New Milford and defeat Weston (113.4) on February 4.
The Nighthawks were led by strong performances across the board. Elisha Wilson scored an 8.0 on the vault, an 8.9 on the uneven bars, and an 8.65 on the balance beam. Anna Jannott scored an 8.15 on the vault and an 8.45 on the beam.
Newtown High's dance team performs during halftime of the boys' basketball team's win over Joel Barlow on January 31. The girls, the next day, won the South-West Conference championship at Newtown High.