Newtown High School had strong representation for fall season recognition. The following athletes earned All State honors: Cross country: Sarah Mawdsley; Soccer: Clay Gattey (All New England) and Jessica Keller; Football: Julian Dunn, Tim Krapf, and Ben Mason; Volleyball: Kyle Dandrea; Swimming and diving: Kari Djonne, Mary Hufziger, Eliza Eggleston, Amanda Mele, and Amy Martinelli.
Newtown High School’s boys’ swimming and diving team defeated Masuk of Monroe on December 22, and the basketball, hockey, and wrestling teams all had competitions on December 23 before taking a break for the holidays.
The swim team topped host Masuk 85-77 to even its record at 1-1. The girls’ basketball team won its second straight game with a 59-52 victory over visiting Masuk. Newtown was led by Mali Klorczyk’s career high 26 points, including five 3-pointers.
Newtown High School's wrestling team won the Fairfield Ludlowe Invitational on December 20, and 138-pound grappler James Leuci earned his 100th career win in the process. Anthony Falbo earned the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler Award.
The Nighthawks scored 317 points to easily outscore runner-up Ludlowe, which had 180. Newtown had 11 finalists and nine champions. Wrestlers from 14 schools participated in the tourney.
The following Newtown wrestlers won championships in their weight divisions:
Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ indoor track teams began the season at the New Haven Invitational at Hillhouse High this past weekend. The meet was highlighted by high jumper Cole Terry’s school record-setting in the high jump event as Terry cleared 5-foot-10. Newtown’s results are as follows:
For the first 31-plus minutes, Newtown High School’s girls’ basketball team was playing from behind. But it’s the final score that counts, and Haley Ryan’s go-ahead 3-pointer with just 26 seconds left stood up as the host Nighthawks shocked the Hillhouse Academics 48-45 in the consolation game of the Threes For Charity Tournament on December 20.
A win in the Class LL state championship certainly did a lot to ease the pain of narrowly missing out on a South-West Conference title last winter. But while the Nighthawks may be on top of things and be the hunted in the state, they are every bit as much hungry for success and the hunters in the conference.
“We’re absolutely not hiding from anybody right now, so that means everybody’s going to come at us harder,” Coach Chris Bray anticipates. “Everybody here has a good understanding of what they need to do.”
Cohesion and athleticism are strengths of the Newtown High School boys’ basketball team, and Coach Tim Tallcouch is hopeful that those traits will help his team have some success as what stands to be a rigorous schedule unfolds this season.
“Every night’s going to be a challenge for us,” Tallcouch said.