TRUMBULL – Newtown High School’s wrestling team celebrated its first state championship in the program’s history by dethroning Danbury to claim the Class LL state title at Trumbull High on February 22.
MILFORD – Newtown High School’s girls’ basketball team avenged a pair of regular-season losses to Pomperaug of Southbury – and did so in convincing fashion – in the quarterfinal round of the South-West Conference tournament on February 22. The fifth-seeded Nighthawks toppled No. 4 Pomperaug 66-47 on the court of tourney top seed Lauralton Hall to advance to the semifinals.
Newtown High School’s girls’ basketball team hopes the third time is the charm. The Nighthawks will face a Pomperaug of Southbury team that they lost to twice during the regular season, in the quarterfinal round of the South-West Conference Tournament on Saturday, February 22. The teams will square off at 5 pm on the court of SWC top seed Lauralton Hall of Milford.
Newtown High School’s gymnastics team placed second in the South-West Conference championship meet in New Milford on February 19. The Nighthawks scored 130.65 points and were narrowly edged out for first by host New Milford (130.9).
Pomperaug of Southbury scored 127.3 points for a third-place finish, and Nonnewaug of Woodbury came in fourth with 123.1.
Never mind head-to-head competitions. Mother Nature is having the biggest say in who wins and loses these days. And it’s been both teams “losing” (as in losing out) in given matchups thanks to hosts and visitors not getting a chance to play as a result of snowstorms.
A winter that has had the schedulers making more changes than coaches make to their lineups in blowouts continues to be a snowy (and game-altering) one.
Newtown's Anthony Falbo, right, competes with Bethel's Victor Vieira in the 152-pound weight division title match during the SWC championships in Southbury on February 16. Falbo won a 16-8 major decision to help the Nighthawks place second as a team.
The Newtown and Joel Barlow high school hockey teams will attempt to play their first annual Warrior Cup game on Friday, February 28. The game is slated to be played at Danbury Ice Arena at 7:50 pm. It was originally to have been played on February 5 and again on February 13, but snow postponed it both times.
Snowfalls that blanketed the area February 13 into Valentine’s Day postponed sporting events both days, and an anticipated subsequent storm made a change to one athletic event (the indoor track and field State Open) and threatened others slated for Saturday, February 15.