In high school golf, qualification for the state tournament is not based on wins and losses but, rather, course differential. That said, what’s more significant than the fact Newtown High School’s boys’ golf squad carries an 8-4 record into the stretch run is that the season concludes with five straight home matches on the familiar greens and fairways of Rock Ridge Country Club.
“Huge advantage, huge advantage,” Newtown Coach and Rock Ridge Golf Professional Bill Flood said of the season closing out at home.
Newtown High School Baseball coach Matt Memoli will run two weeks of the Summer Baseball Academy at the Newtown High baseball field. The camp sessions will run on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Monday and Tuesday, June 26 through July 2, and Monday through Friday, July 8-12 — 9 am to noon each day.
Former Newtown Youth Lacrosse player Joe Banno made Major League Lacrosse (MLL) debut on April 27 in a game that was aired on ESPN3.
Banno, a goaltender who went on to play at Notre Dame-Fairfield and Haverford College in Haverford, Pa. (class of 2012), played the second half of the Rochester Rattlers’ game against the Chesapeake Bayhawks — last year’s MLL champions — in St. Petersburg, Fla. He made 14 saves and allowed five goals in one half of action, the second half, in a 17-14 loss.
NORTHFIELD, VT — The Norwich University Cadets, ranked number one in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC), closed their lacrosse season with a 9-7 win over the second-ranked Mt Ida College to capture the program’s first-ever GNAC championship, at home in Northfield on April 27. Judd Baggett, of Newtown, contributed in the win as an offensive midfield player.
Newtown High School’s girls’ track team defeated three opponents in a meet at Blue & Gold Stadium on April 30, and the NHS boys’ squad defeated one opponent and lost to two others in a meet at Pomperaug High School in Southbury on April 29. Both squads had several standout performances. Results are as follows:
The second annual Mad Dash adventure race will be held on Saturday, June 8 at Fairfield Hills. Hosted by the Newtown Youth Academy and Newtown Parks & Recreation, and sponsored by Danbury Orthopedics, the Mad Dash offers participants the ultimate in fitness adventure.
Participants will run, jump, crawl, carry, and climb their way through scenic Fairfield Hills campus, utilizing both its natural topography as well as man-made structures. This fun but challenging course includes physical challenges, running, and skilled events.
After almost a month of waiting for final results, Newtown’s Winterset Ski Club has finally learned it finished first in the 2013 Winter Carnival. The Annual event, hosted by the Connecticut Ski Council, was held at Okemo Mountain in Vermont, March 1-3. This was the first time Winterset won the event, after having participated for more than 20 years.
Newtown High School softball player Jess Gibbons believes there should be an asterisk next to her name in the record books. Even so, the senior slugger is — in fact — the school’s all-time hits leader. Gibbons broke a tie with 2010 graduate Kate Bowen, and did so with a bang, crushing her sixth homerun of the season in a 12-0 blanking of visiting New Fairfield on April 29.
Newtown High School’s softball team made it five straight wins with four lopsided victories this past week. The Nighthawks also made it five straight games with a double-digit scoring performance. Newtown blanked Immaculate of Danbury 12-0 on April 24, crushed Pomperaug of Southbury 10-2 the next day, beat New Fairfield 12-0 on April 29, and toppled Bunnell of Stratford 10-2 on May 1 to carry a 10-3 (8-1 in South-West Conference play) record into a May 3 clash with Masuk of Monroe.