The second annual Mad Dash adventure race will be held on Saturday, June 8 at Fairfield Hills. Hosted by the Newtown Youth Academy and Newtown Parks & Recreation, and sponsored by Danbury Orthopedics, the Mad Dash offers participants the ultimate in fitness adventure.
Participants will run, jump, crawl, carry, and climb their way through scenic Fairfield Hills campus, utilizing both its natural topography as well as man-made structures. This fun but challenging course includes physical challenges, running, and skilled events.
After almost a month of waiting for final results, Newtown’s Winterset Ski Club has finally learned it finished first in the 2013 Winter Carnival. The Annual event, hosted by the Connecticut Ski Council, was held at Okemo Mountain in Vermont, March 1-3. This was the first time Winterset won the event, after having participated for more than 20 years.
Newtown High School softball player Jess Gibbons believes there should be an asterisk next to her name in the record books. Even so, the senior slugger is — in fact — the school’s all-time hits leader. Gibbons broke a tie with 2010 graduate Kate Bowen, and did so with a bang, crushing her sixth homerun of the season in a 12-0 blanking of visiting New Fairfield on April 29.
Newtown High School’s softball team made it five straight wins with four lopsided victories this past week. The Nighthawks also made it five straight games with a double-digit scoring performance. Newtown blanked Immaculate of Danbury 12-0 on April 24, crushed Pomperaug of Southbury 10-2 the next day, beat New Fairfield 12-0 on April 29, and toppled Bunnell of Stratford 10-2 on May 1 to carry a 10-3 (8-1 in South-West Conference play) record into a May 3 clash with Masuk of Monroe.
Newtown High School’s baseball team shook off a five-game losing streak with a pair of wins — both comebacks, but one of which ended as a lopsided affair, and the other a nail-biter — to close out play in the month of April with a 5-6 overall record.
Newtown High School’s boys’ lacrosse team had a lopsided win and hard-fought defeat, and the golf and tennis squads continue to compete at a high level. A recap of these Nighthawk teams from the final days of April:
Laxmen Fall To Barlow, Rout West Springfield
The boys’ lacrosse team suffered a 9-4 loss to Joel Barlow of Redding on April 24. Deegan Beauchemin scored two goals in the setback.
Newtown Soccer Club, in conjunction with Newtown Kindness, announces the second edition of Soccer Night in Newtown this spring in an effort to bring fun and compassion to the community.
This event will take place at the soccer fields at Fairfield Hills on Friday, May 17, from 5-8 pm. It is open to Newtown residents and Newtown Soccer Club members. This event is free and no registration is required to attend.
It nearly ended only a few times along the way. There was a nail-biting outcome here or there, including some conference tournament battles, but the Newtown High School girls’ lacrosse team always found a way to keep its winning ways against South-West Conference opponents alive. Finally, after nearly seven full seasons, and parts of eight campaigns, of SWC dominance, the Nighthawks tasted defeat at the hands of a conference foe.
Newtown High School’s boys’ lacrosse team walloped South-West Conference rival Bethel 15-5 on Treadwell Park on April 18, then fell 9-6 to nonconference foe Glastonbury at Blue & Gold Stadium two days later. The Nighthawks fell 9-4 to Joel Barlow of Redding on April 24 to drop to 3-5 overall.
Newtown will be well-represented by 24 runners who will run in the Ragnar Relay Cape Cod May 3 and 4. There will be women’s and men’s 12-person teams, named Newtown Strong and Newtown Strong 2. The participants will raise money for Newtown Youth and Family Services by running nearly 200 miles overnight from Hull, Mass to Provincetown, Mass. For information, and to make a contribution, visit www.firstgiving.com and search for Newtown Strong.