Master Michael Porco, Sr and Master Michael Porco, Jr, from Porco’s Karate Academy in Sandy Hook, recently attended the 25th Masters’ Clinic held by the World Tang Soo Do Association (WTSDA). It was held at the University of Northern Alabama in Florence, Ala, under the leadership of Dr. Robert Beaudoin, its current Grandmaster.
Every athlete of organized team sports in Newtown can stay here in town to practice and compete — every one except for hockey players. The youth skaters hit the ice in surrounding towns, including Danbury, and Newtown High School’s hockey team’s “home” ice is at Danbury Ice Arena.
Newtown High School’s wrestling team, winner of the Class LL state championship, earned recognition from the Connecticut High School Coaches Association at its All-State Wrestling Banquet, held recently at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville.
The Fairfield County Captains baseball program, which offers teams ranging from 10 and under to 18 and under, will begin the spring season in the coming weeks.
The organization was founded as a non-profit organization by John Klages in 2010. It started out with one team and has grown throughout the years. The program is a member of the American Association of Baseball Congress (AABC) and the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) ,and attends various tournaments each year.
NEW HAVEN — He didn’t score the game-winning goal in Saturday’s Division III state hockey championship game — but he made a gutsy, determined play to help set it up. He didn’t play his freshman, sophomore, or junior years for Newtown High School — yet has made among the biggest, perhaps the most significant, on-ice impacts on the program in its 13-year history.
Tennis Made Simple, led by Certified Tennis Professional Val Stoiana, provides camps, private lessons, and classes, geared toward children and adults of all levels and abilities. The five-week spring sessions starts the week of March 31 at The Heritage Hotel in Southbury. Adults may enroll in the new player group lesson special — ten classes for $100.
NEW HAVEN – Newtown High School’s hockey team turned a bad break at the beginning of the game – standout senior Dan Harrison suffering a broken wrist on his first shift – into a good break. Freshman Scott McLean, inserted into Harrison’s spot at center on the second line, netted the game-winning goal in sudden death overtime in the Division III state championship at Yale University’s Ingalls Rink on March 22.
Newtown High School’s hockey team will compete for the Division III state championship at Yale University’s Ingalls Rink in New Haven on Saturday, March 22.
The Nighthawks, seeded second in the bracket, will oppose No. 4 EO Smith-Tolland at 10 am — the second of three Connecticut hockey championships on the slate for the weekend. The Division II title game is scheduled for the night before, and the D-I final is set to take place later in the day on March 22.
The thrill of putting on a uniform, being part of a team, and playing a game, or cheering during halftime, in front of fans is something many athletes get to experience and, perhaps, take for granted. Now, thanks to the efforts of Newtown High School students and faculty alike, some girls and boys — those with special needs who hadn’t previously been afforded this opportunity — are in the game.