The Winterset Ski Club will host its annual picnic and, new this year, Ski/Snowboard Tag Sale on Sunday, September 14, from 1 to 5 pm at Dickinson Memorial Park, 50 Elm Drive.
Burgers, dogs, and drinks will be provided by the Winterset Ski Club, which asks that attendees bring along an appetizer, side dish, salads, or desserts to this wonderful opportunity to meet with old friends and new members of this family-friendly Newtown-based club.
He’s been to the Polo Grounds, the old Yankee Stadium, San Francisco’s AT&T Park — and every still-standing (and some no longer in existence) Major League Baseball stadium between New York and California. He’s met former star players and collects memorabilia and memories from his visits to ballparks and talks with National Baseball Hall Of Fame inductees.
The 9th Annual Newtown Road Race 5K and Kid’s Run will take place at Dickinson Park on Saturday, August 30. Nike presents the 5K race and the Newtown Prevention Council is sponsoring this year’s Kids Run to benefit Newtown Youth & Family Services. This year’s race will feature a new start time of 8 am. Parts of Route 302 will be closed from approximately 7 to 10 am.
Success at local competitions led to Kris Kling earning an invitation to a National Pro Grid League (NPGL) tryout, where Kling displayed his athleticism and strength for eight teams in the newly established fitness league. Kling, who, along with his brother Kurt, owns CrossFit RedZone at 3 Simm Lane, was drafted by the NPGL’s Boston Iron this summer, and — following a ten-day training camp — participated in his first team competition, against the Miami Surge, at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, Mass, on August 24.
Since moving out of town after graduating from Newtown High School in 1985, Kelley Johnson has returned for the Labor Day Parade numerous times. Each visit has been special — Johnson had marched in the parade as a clown in fifth grade, and later as a member of the school band — but this year’s will have a different sort of significant meaning for Johnson.
Newtown High School Baseball Coach Matt Memoli will run the Fall Middle School Baseball Academy on five consecutive Sunday mornings, beginning Sunday September 14. The academy is geared toward helping young players make the transition to playing on the big diamond and at the next level. Players will learn hitting, fielding, and baserunning fundamentals, along with position specific work and instruction, from the NHS varsity coaching staff. The program is held at the NHS baseball field from 9 to 11 am Sundays September 14, 21, and 28, and October 5 and 12. Cost is $200.
Youth sports games are primarily for the enjoyment of participants, their proud parents, and other family members in attendance, and coaches who help their developing players improve.
In the case of Newtown youth baseball and basketball contests, the games also serve as an opportunity for an up-and-coming announcer to gain experience from the press box and scorer’s table, all the while adding to the at-the-field atmosphere for those team members and their families.