Newtown High School’s hockey team enters into the postseason hungry for success after falling short of championships last winter. The Nighthawks had a tremendous regular campaign (going 13-4-3 overall) and are — on paper — among the teams to beat in the playoffs. But make no mistake about it, the Nighthawks know it won’t be an easy task to capture a conference and/or state championship. The Hawks know they’ll have to work hard to prove they are the team to beat on the ice.
STRATFORD — In the second half of the March 1 South-West Conference quarterfinal-round game, held at Bunnell High School, Newtown High School’s boys’ basketball team went toe to toe with Kolbe Cathedral of Bridgeport. Unfortunately, for the Nighthawks, they’d dug themselves too deep of an opening-half hole for a second-half back-and-forth battle to be enough to advance and move on.
Newtown High School’s boys’ swimming and diving team concluded the regular campaign with three straight victories to finish the year with a 7-3 mark as it gets ready for the South-West Conference championships.
The Nighthawks, after defeating New Fairfield 94-86 on February 11, topped Joel Barlow of Redding 92-82 on February 20, then beat the Stratford-Bunnell co-op 93-73 on Senior Night, February 25.
Results from the win over Stratford-Bunnell are as follows:
Newtown High School’s dance team, only four years ago, had club sport status. Interest in the squad grew, and strong support from school officials, including Athletic Director Gregg Simon and Coach Cheryl Stenz, led to varsity status for the program. Commitment on the part of the athletes and coaches, and lots of hard work, has made it all pay off.
Jake Ball launches a shot as he beats the buzzer at the end of the second quarter during Newtown's win over Bethel on February 25. Ball's off-balance launch didn't fall but he did contribute a dozen points before all was said and done.
BETHEL — Credit the Nighthawks for showing plenty of fight. Newtown High School’s girls’ basketball team dug into a large deficit to make things a bit interesting down the stretch, but ultimately fell 43-33 to top-seeded Lauralton Hall of Milford in the South-West Conference tournament semifinals at Bethel High on February 25.
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.