Deep down inside, Marc Kenney and his returning players may still be jumping for joy, but the Nighthawks aren’t about to get caught up in last year’s Class LL state championship success as they begin a new season. In fact, Kenney doesn’t even look at his Newtown High School girls’ soccer team as defending champions, and one can’t really question that given the high level of turnover from last year’s roster.
Ed Randall, longtime New York radio and television personality, published author, and founder of Ed Randall’s Fans for the Cure (www.fans4thecure.org), will host an All-Star Wiffle Ball tournament at Newtown Youth Academy Sports & Fitness Center on Tuesday, September 17.
On a hot humid Labor Day weekend the U12 Wolfpack girls’ soccer team took the top spot at the Adidas Bernie Ward Labor Day Shootout in Farmington, posting an undefeated record along the way. The girls had a tough go in the first round against a strong Simsbury team, playing to a 1-1 tie. The lone Wolfpack score came off midfielder Hannah Daly’s foot. The team was supported by the great defense of Colleen Phaneuf, Mary Celentano, and Malia Gioffree, and goaltending of Olivia Cavalero.
Newtown Hikers does not have a formal hike scheduled for Saturday, September 7, but anyone who would like to join the group for an informal gathering is invited to meet at the lower/rear parking lot of Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street, by 9 am that morning.
The group will officially begin its new season of weekend events on Saturday, September 14, with a hike at Wadsworth Falls in Middletown.
Kevin Hoyt led a course record number of participants to claim top honors at the 8th Annual Newtown Road Race on a humid August 31 morning. The 5K race, which started and finished at Dickinson Park, featured 687 registered runners, according to Steve Meeker, director of the 5K and Kids Fun Run, presented by Nike and to benefit Newtown Youth & Family Services.
Jenna Calandro and Jake Feinstein are two very different yet, in many ways, similar athletes. Both are track and field standouts — Calandro a pole vaulter and Feinstein a distance runner. Calandro is starting her senior year at Newtown High School, and Feinstein is about to begin a new chapter in his student-athlete career at Providence College.
The 8th Annual Newtown Road Race 5K and Kids Fun Run, presented by Nike, will take place at Dickinson Park at 9 am on Saturday, August 31.
Benefiting Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS), this race annually draws 500 to 600 runners plus another 200 children in the fun run. Race organizers are expecting a larger than usual turnout this year.
The gently rolling course, certified by USATF, begins and ends at Dickinson Park and incorporates both paved and dirt roads. It is ideal for runners and walkers.