It’s been ten years since both of Newtown High School’s soccer teams captured state championships in the same season — an incredible feat the program celebrated during halftime of the boys’ game, the second in a twin bill for the girls and boys at Blue & Gold Stadium on September 27.
Former players and coaches walked out to midfield and were acknowledged by a large crowd that mostly packed the bleachers for the games.
Sure, the Nighthawks didn’t win, but they put in quite an effort and were fairly pleased with earning a scoreless tie with visiting Weston in the first game of a Newtown High School soccer doubleheader at Blue & Gold Stadium on September 27 (the boys’ squad followed with a 1-1 tie against Weston in the nightcap).
“We were happy about the tie because they’re a good team — we know they’ve played well so far,” senior captain Brenna Kelly said. “We had some good effort.”
The Newtown Soccer Club will hold its first Fall Open House on Monday October 6, in the Alexandria Room in Edmond Town Hall, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Stop by to meet the Soccer Club staff along with members of the new Coach Advisory Board and several of the travel coaches. Learn more about the direction of the club and how you can help through various volunteer opportunities.
Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team continues to perform at a high level and break records. The Nighthawks set two pool records in relay events in a September 19 win over Weston, and diver Kari Djonne broke both her own team record and the pool mark during a 96-82 win over visiting New Fairfield on September 30.
Newtown High School’s boys’ and girls’ cross country teams both defeated host Joel Barlow of Redding and Kolbe Cathedral of Bridgeport in races on September 30. The boys beat Barlow 21-40 and topped Kolbe 15-50.
Kyle Mangold outkicked Barlow’s Ben Ruffing for his first career individual win as the Nighthawks improved to 7-3 this fall.
What has been a summer of competitive races, tough breaks, and close-but-no-cigar finishes is coming to a close and, with one week to go, Steve Kopcik and Mike Gervais recorded their best memories of the campaign at Stafford Motor Speedway.
Kopcik, of Newtown, won his first SK Light division race, and Gervais, who is sponsored by Newtown’s Gervais Brothers Roofing, captured first place in the SK division — both in their Friday Night Feature Shoot-Out races on September 19.
Newtown High School’s cross country teams visited Weston to take on the host Trojans, as well as New Fairfield, on September 23. The girls’ squad defeated Weston 17-41 and fell to New Fairfield 32-24. The girls’ record is 6-2. The boys had a pair of close outcomes as they defeated New Fairfield 26-31 and lost 29-28 to Weston, and are now 5-3.