A couple years, or more, away from putting on the Newtown High School baseball uniform, up-and-coming sluggers and pitchers are getting tips from Newtown High Baseball Coach Matt Memoli, other members of the NHS coaching staff, and some of their players and former team members at clinics this summer.
Memoli runs the Summer Baseball Academy for athletes ages 5–11 and the Middle School Academy for those on the cusp of getting involved in high school ball.
Riley Wurtz’s All-Star Basketball Camp, open to children ages 5-13, will take place July 8-12 from 9 am to 1 pm at Newtown High School. Wurtz is a former standout and state champion at Newtown High School.
The camp will focus on developing core basketball fundamentals and teach up and coming players what it takes to play at a high school level. There will be games and contests that will help each of the campers develop their shooting, passing, dribbling, rebounding, and defense skills. Each camper will receive a T-shirt. Cost is $125.
He may not be quite old enough to drive on the road just yet, but Stephen Kopcik is certainly making a name for himself on the racetracks. Kopcik, 15, drives too fast for the road anyway; he averages around 80 miles an hour, and tops out at about 90 when he’s in a race.
On June 19, Kopcik was not only fast — he was the fastest on the track, earning his first Legend Car race under the lights at Waterford Speedbowl.
For 9-year-old Damian Buccieri, a bump in the road is a good thing. In fact, the more bumps — and the bigger they are, within reason, for that matter — the merrier. That’s because the Newtown resident is a motocross racer who loves to catch air.
Buccieri has been an off-road motorcycle enthusiast during the past four years, and has come a long way on the tracks since he first started tearing up his lawn on a little Yamaha PW50, the first bike his dad brought home for him.
Ryan Tani stands with his go-kart, which was repainted recently to represent his hometown and his mother’s workplace. Ryan, 11, is paying respect to Sandy Hook School with his green and white vehicle, and disproving a long-held racing myth that green can be an unlucky paint scheme.
A preview of some of what’s to come this fall unfolded on the Blue & Gold Stadium turf on June 14. The annual Blue & Gold Game, an intrasquad football scrimmage, took place on a fittingly borderline early fall-like evening, and the Blue team pulled away for a 41-21 victory.
Newtown’s Irene McCarthy isn’t your average 82-year-old. She works part-time and exercises regularly. We’re not just talking about walks around the block either. As of June 15, McCarthy is a competitive runner.
McCarthy ran her first road race, the 39th Annual Rocking Rooster Run, a 5K, this past week. She’s almost four times the age of Rooster Run winner Kevin Hoyt (22), who has run in countless races. Hoyt’s time was ultra impressive (15:09) but it wasn’t nearly four times as fast as McCarthy’s.