It’s called March Madness, and fans of college basketball understand why when they fill out (then mark up or tear up and redo) their brackets. Inevitably there will be upsets. Which No. 12 seed will “shock” a No. 5 this time around? It seems to happen almost every year. Which top-seed will fall? And when?
In an event to benefit the Jessica Rekos Memorial Fund, the stars of ESPN’s College GameDay will be at Newtown High School on Saturday, March 30, from 10 am to 12:30 pm
Jessica was one of the victims of 12/14. One of her passions was learning about whales, and through her memorial fund and this event, her family hopes to raise funds to build awareness for whale and marine mammal research.
If the Newtown High School football team’s early showing of success in offseason workout efforts is a precursor for what’s to come in the fall, the Nighthawks stand to be one of the stronger teams — literally — in the South-West Conference.
Given to someone who has had a significant impact on Newtown athletics for years, the Newtown Bee’s Harmon Award For Sportsman of the Year — this time around — goes to not just one person but, rather, the many people and organizations that have reached out to assist the Sandy Hook community in the aftermath of 12/14.
Newtown High School’s cheerleading squad placed second among 21 Class LL teams in the state championships at New Haven’s Floyd Little Athletic center on March 9. This marks the highest the Nighthawks have placed in the state finals. Newtown scored 170.2 points; champion Fairfield Ludlowe, had 174.8.
Newtown Scholarship Association’s 21st Annual Jack Friel Memorial Golf Scramble will honor First Selectman and longtime Newtown resident Patricia Llodra. The scramble will take place on Monday, June 17, at two of Newtown’s own: Rock Ridge Country Club and Newtown Country Club.
Cost is $200 per golfer, which includes lunch, golf, reception and prizes, and dinner at Rock Ridge. Early Bird foursome registration by May 1 is $720. For those who would like to attend dinner only, cost is $60 per person.
MILFORD – Penalties were a difference-maker as a tough North Branford team put an end to the Newtown High School hockey team’s playoff run. The Division II state tournament’s ninth-seeded Thunderbirds skated to a 5-1 win over the No. 17 Nighthawks in the quarterfinal round at Milford Ice Pavilion on March 9.
Newtown scored first, when Evan Isaacs broke a scoreless deadlock with a power play goal in the second period, but the Thunderbirds reeled off the next five goals – three of which came with the man advantage.
STAMFORD — Coming off a remarkable upset victory at fourth-seeded Crosby of Waterbury in the first round of the Class LL state tournament, the No. 29 seed Newtown High School’s boys’ basketball team couldn’t overcome No. 13 Westhill in the second round. The host Vikings ended Newtown’s campaign with a 56-34 win on its home court on March 6.