The Blue & Gold Game, Newtown High School’s annual spring football scrimmage, will be held at the high school’s Blue & Gold Stadium on Friday, June 14. Kickoff is set for 6:30 pm. Fans are encouraged to support the team and catch of glimpse of this coming fall season’s players. There is no cost to attend the scrimmage.
Former Newtown High School softball standout Kate Bowen, a junior at Manhattan College, was named the school’s Female Student-Athlete of the Year and was named First Team All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). She also organized a Sandy Hook Tribute Game during the season.
The Lady Hawks girls’ summer basketball league is open to players ages 9-15. Bantam, intermediate, and junior level girls are all eligible to participate. The league runs July 3 through August 22. Games will be played Tuesday and Wednesday nights, 5:30 and 6:30 pm at the Reed School outdoor courts (games will be moved inside for bad weather).
Athletes of a variety of ages and abilities put their fitness and endurance levels (not to mention their skill of slopping around in the mud) to the test on June 8. The second annual Mad Dash adventure race was held on the grounds of Fairfield Hills. Hosted by the Newtown Youth Academy and Newtown Parks & Recreation, and sponsored by Danbury Orthopedics, the Mad Dash drew 127 advanced (4.3-mile) course participants and another 286 beginner/family (1.7-mile) course competitors.
For the second year in a row, I participated in the advanced version of the Mad Dash adventure race, then followed participants through the course during the scaled down yet still very challenging beginner/family run to capture some photographs for the paper.
The second annual Mad Dash to benefit the Newtown Youth Academy drew hundreds of participants to Fairfield Hills Saturday. An overnight storm gave way to brilliant blue skies and bobbing clouds and temperatures just cool enough to make the mud bog really challenging according to Race Director Cody Foss.
"Otherwise, it's perfect weather for this kind of race," he told The Bee.
The endurance-type event also benefited Newtown Parks & Recreation, and wassponsored by Danbury Orthopedics.
The New Britain Rock Cats baseball team will hold Newtown Baseball Family Night on Saturday, June 29 when the Rock Cats (affiliate of the Minnesota Twins) face the Reading Fightin’ Phils (affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies). Game Time is 6:35 pm (gates open at 4:05 pm).
Newtown Baseball families may take part in exclusive pre-game activities starting at 4 pm. Meet players and participate in clinics on the field, enjoy the Fun Zone area with inflatable games, and grab a free popcorn.
The Newtown Parent Connection, Inc. (NPC) will hold a special soccer doubleheader fundraiser, Soccer Revolution, at Veterans Memorial Stadium in New Britain, on Tuesday, June 18.
The doubleheader of soccer action features the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer against Real Boston Rams of the United Soccer League’s Professional Development League in the first match. In the second game, the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League will face Newtown’s own, the Newtown Pride of the Connecticut Soccer League.
Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ tennis teams concluded their seasons in early June. The girls got all the way to the Class L state tournament’s semifinals before falling to eventual champion New Canaan. The boys’ tourney format is individual-only, and the Nighthawks’ top competitor was No. 1 singles player Cam McCleary, who reached the third round of the Class LL bracket as a No. 16 seed.