STAFFORD SPRINGS — NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver Richie Pallai, Jr, and the Stafford Motor Speedway recognized the efforts of the Sandy Hook first responders who were on hand to serve as grand marshals of the track’s SK Modified feature event on September 29.
Pallai developed friendships with members of the Sandy Hook community through his fundraising efforts to help raise money for the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary as part of Stafford Motor Speedway’s CARQUEST Champions For Charities program.
Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ cross country teams competed in meets on the trails behind Reed School on October 1.
The girls defeated Joel Barlow of Redding 24-33, Brookfield 16-45, and Stratford 15-50. The Nighthawks were led by the one-two finish of standouts Brianne Moulder and Hannah Schwartz, who completed the 3.1-mile course with times of 20:25 and 20:46. Kiera Elkow was sixth in 22:14.
The Nighthawks kept piling up the high-percentage scoring opportunities, only to have Bunnell of Stratford goalkeeper Jeremy Proto make saves or see their shots sail just wide in a boys’ soccer clash at Blue & Gold Stadium on September 30. Finally, about 14 minutes into the second half, a cross attempt by Newtown’s Grant Ricketts ricocheted off a diving Proto and into the net. That fluky goal proved to be the difference as Newtown High School’s booters ended a mini two-game losing skid in a 1-0 win.
Newtown High School’s girls’ soccer team had easily its toughest test of the campaign in a September 26 visit to unbeaten Joel Barlow of Redding. The Nighthawks suffered a 1-0 setback for their first regular-season loss since October of 2011, but the Hawks bounced back with a 5-1 win over visiting New Fairfield two days later. Newtown then tied host Bunnell of Stratford 1-1 on September 30 to carry a 6-1-1 record into an October 3 clash with New Milford.
Newtown High School’s volleyball team extended its winning streak to six with a trio of triumphs this past week. The Nighthawks improved to 7-2 overall with wins over Brookfield, New Milford, and Kolbe Cathedral of Bridgeport.
After seeing its season-opening five-game unbeaten streak come to an end and enduring consecutive losses, Newtown High School’s field hockey team got back on the winning track. The Nighthawks, following a 2-1 setback to New Milford on September 24 and a 4-0 loss at New Fairfield two days later, blanked Weston 2-0 at Blue & Gold Stadium on September 27.
It would be easy to excuse members of the Newtown High School girls’ soccer team for having a lot of confidence and for starting to think repeat. Last year’s state champions have a new look with a mostly different starting lineup, but the Nighthawks picked up where left off a year ago — coming out on top game after game. They were unbeaten in five straight tilts to begin the season, but won’t make the mistake of believing they still don’t have a lot to prove.
Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ cross country teams had strong showings in a pair of meets this past week. They competed in the 32nd Bethel Cross Country Invitational on September 21, then raced in South-West Conference action at Eisenhower Park in Milford on September 24. Results are as follows:
The Western Connecticut Youth Hockey Association opened its season Saturday afternoon with Hockey Day in Danbury, at Danbury Arena, with a ceremonial puck drop by Mayor Mark Boughton. Skaters from all eight of the organization’s travel hockey teams were introduced in a ceremony that featured a banner raising for Western’s Pee Wee A team, which won the Connecticut Hockey Conference Pee Wee Tier III state championship in March.