No pads, no pigskin … no problem. Given the workouts Newtown High School’s team members are going through it may as well be football season over at Blue & Gold Stadium, at the NHS back fields, and in the school weight room and gymnasium.
Only a year ago, these young ballplayers were scattered among a trio of teams and playing with pitching machines rather than live pitching. Now, Newtown’s 9-year-old Wildcats, after a spring season together to get accustomed to pitching and facing hurlers, are District 5 champions. The Wildcats scratched and clawed past Southbury and Oxford, then beat Southbury a second time, to claim the Cal Ripken District title this past week and, with the triumph, are on their way to the state tournament. The district tourney unfolded on July 6, 7, and 10.
They won it last year as 9-year-olds, but Newtown Renegades Coach Adam Taylor says it wasn’t only the experience factor that paid off in the team winning the U10 state title this spring. The combination of the familiarity level of seven returning players and how well they meshed with six squad newcomers was significant in the team’s success.
The Newtown Hawks Green softball team won the U14 Babe Ruth championship hosted in Newtown July 5–7. The Hawks Green squad was one of eight teams competing along with Newtown Hawks White, Brookfield, Ridgefield, Cheshire, Danbury, New Milford, and Greenwich.
The Hawks Green went undefeated in the tournament, winning its pool play game on the first night and then winning all three double elimination games the next day, and then beating Brookfield 9-4 in the championship game on the third day.
The Rising Star Summer Basketball League will run Mondays and Thursdays, July 15 through August 15. Games will be held between 5 and 8 pm at Dickinson Park. The league is open for girls and boys ages 9-15. Cost is $95.
Newtown High School’s sports teams are well-represented by standout athletes who have been recognized as All State, All South-West Conference, All New England, and All American honorees. The All SWC winners were announced in The Bee following the fall and winter sports seasons.
Below are the spring season All SWC mentions, along with other award winners from all three sports seasons during this past school year:
For their efforts, skill, and scoring prowess — along with their ability to play two sports — Bridget Power and Dan Hebert are this year’s Newtown Bee’s Athletes of the Year. Both athletes won championships during their careers, were captains, and played significant roles in the success of their squads during their respective senior seasons and throughout their NHS playing days.
Taylor Brady has always been tremendously athletic; she entered into high school with the plan to play three sports. Little did she know that lacrosse would be one of them, and that it would turn out to be her best sport among the three — including soccer and basketball — at the Waterbury-based Chase Collegiate School.