Newtown High School’s hockey team, the top seed in the Southern Connecticut/ South-West Conference Division III tournament, will challenge No. 2 New Fairfield Immaculate of Danbury for the trophy on Friday, March 7. The game time, originally 6 pm, as reported in the March 7 print edition of The Bee, was changed by conference officials after deadline. The game is now slated to begin at 8 pm and will take place, as originally planned, at West Haven’s Bennett Rink.
He may “only” be a freshman, but Newtown High School wrestler Anthony Falbo already has Class LL and State Open weight division championships under his belt. Sure, wrestling is perhaps the one and only physical athletic competition that offers a consistently equal playing field for head-to-head competitors because of the weight classes, but Falbo’s achievement is particularly impressive — as if a State Open crown isn’t enough for any athlete — because of where he falls in the lineup.
MILFORD – No matter how strongly a team starts, it sometimes comes down to the effort at the end of a game to differentiate a win from a loss. Newtown High School’s hockey team made it a point to finish what it started, pulling away for a 5-2 win over Sheehan of Wallingford, in its conference tournament semifinals at Milford Ice Pavilion on March 5.
Newtown High School’s hockey team enters into the postseason hungry for success after falling short of championships last winter. The Nighthawks had a tremendous regular campaign (going 13-4-3 overall) and are — on paper — among the teams to beat in the playoffs. But make no mistake about it, the Nighthawks know it won’t be an easy task to capture a conference and/or state championship. The Hawks know they’ll have to work hard to prove they are the team to beat on the ice.
STRATFORD — In the second half of the March 1 South-West Conference quarterfinal-round game, held at Bunnell High School, Newtown High School’s boys’ basketball team went toe to toe with Kolbe Cathedral of Bridgeport. Unfortunately, for the Nighthawks, they’d dug themselves too deep of an opening-half hole for a second-half back-and-forth battle to be enough to advance and move on.
Newtown High School’s boys’ swimming and diving team concluded the regular campaign with three straight victories to finish the year with a 7-3 mark as it gets ready for the South-West Conference championships.
The Nighthawks, after defeating New Fairfield 94-86 on February 11, topped Joel Barlow of Redding 92-82 on February 20, then beat the Stratford-Bunnell co-op 93-73 on Senior Night, February 25.
Results from the win over Stratford-Bunnell are as follows:
Newtown High School’s dance team, only four years ago, had club sport status. Interest in the squad grew, and strong support from school officials, including Athletic Director Gregg Simon and Coach Cheryl Stenz, led to varsity status for the program. Commitment on the part of the athletes and coaches, and lots of hard work, has made it all pay off.
Jake Ball launches a shot as he beats the buzzer at the end of the second quarter during Newtown's win over Bethel on February 25. Ball's off-balance launch didn't fall but he did contribute a dozen points before all was said and done.
BETHEL — Credit the Nighthawks for showing plenty of fight. Newtown High School’s girls’ basketball team dug into a large deficit to make things a bit interesting down the stretch, but ultimately fell 43-33 to top-seeded Lauralton Hall of Milford in the South-West Conference tournament semifinals at Bethel High on February 25.
TRUMBULL – Newtown High School’s wrestling team celebrated its first state championship in the program’s history by dethroning Danbury to claim the Class LL state title at Trumbull High on February 22.