A common saying in sports — it’s not how you start, but how you finish that matters most — pertains to the Newtown High School boys’ lacrosse team which, after a 3-5 beginning to the campaign, won six of seven games heading into the season-finale against Xavier of Middletown on May 16.
The Third Annual Glenn R Benny Atkinson Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, June 10 at The Golf Club at Oxford Greens in Oxford.
Tournament fee is $175 per golfer and includes a round of golf, access to the driving range, lunch, and awards dinner.
Registration is due by May 31, and payment should be sent to Benny Atkinson Golf, P.O. Box 3322, Newtown, CT 06470. Please make checks payable to: “The Glenn R. Atkinson Memorial Scholarship Fund Inc.”
Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ tennis teams cruised into South-West Conference tourney action riding waves of momentum. The girls, in fact, went unbeaten in SWC play after blanking Pomperaug of Southbury and Lauralton Hall of Milford each by 7-0 scores, May 10 and 13, respectively.
Former Newtown Youth Lacrosse player Joe Banno made Major League Lacrosse (MLL) debut on April 27 in a game that was aired on ESPN3.
Banno, a goaltender who went on to play at Notre Dame-Fairfield and Haverford College in Haverford, Pa. (class of 2012), played the second half of the Rochester Rattlers’ game against the Chesapeake Bayhawks — last year’s MLL champions — in St. Petersburg, Fla. He made 14 saves and allowed five goals in one half of action, the second half, in a 17-14 loss.
NORTHFIELD, VT — The Norwich University Cadets, ranked number one in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC), closed their lacrosse season with a 9-7 win over the second-ranked Mt Ida College to capture the program’s first-ever GNAC championship, at home in Northfield on April 27. Judd Baggett, of Newtown, contributed in the win as an offensive midfield player.
Newtown High School’s boys’ lacrosse team made it four wins in five games and kicked off a regular-season closing four-game homestand with an 11-6 win over South-West Conference rival New Milford at Blue & Gold Stadium on May 7.
The Nighthawks improved to 7-6 and, in doing so, clinched a berth in state tournament play by ensuring a winning percentage of at least .400. Newtown also bolstered its SWC playoff positioning by dropping the Green Wave to 8-5.
A big part of the reason Maura Fletcher, coach of the Newtown High School girls’ lacrosse team, schedules ultracompetitive, nonconference battles is wins like the two Newtown had this past week. The Nighthawks sandwiched a hard-fought 7-6 loss to Wilton out of the FCIAC on May 4 with a pair of lopsided wins over South-West Conference foes Notre Dame-Fairfield and Pomperaug of Southbury.
Newtown High School’s boys’ tennis team, with wins over Joel Barlow of Redding and Masuk of Monroe this past week, improved to 10-2 overall, heading into the final three matches of the campaign as the Nighthawks gear up for a run at the South-West Conference championship match.
Beginning in about a week, Newtown High School’s girls’ tennis team will focus on trying for back-to-back South-West Conference tournament championships — the team semifinals are scheduled for May 16, with the finals slated for May 20.