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.
Newtown High School’s baseball team shook off an 11-3 setback to New Fairfield on May 4 with a 13-4 drubbing of New Milford in its next game, two days later. Not exactly nail-biting games, but these are not good examples of what this spring, on the whole, has been like for the Nighthawks. In fact, each of the seven games before the New Fairfield contest were battles, and nine of 16 games overall have been one- or two-run contests.
Four members of the Newtown High School Rowing Club competed in the Long Island Junior Championship Regatta, racing for GMS from New Milford, on May 5. The race was in Oyster Bay, Long Island, and was 1,500 meters long.
Anthony Vournazos raced a JV single race and placed second in his heat, earning a silver medal. He also placed second overall between the two heats with the second best time out of 18 entries.
In high school golf, qualification for the state tournament is not based on wins and losses but, rather, course differential. That said, what’s more significant than the fact Newtown High School’s boys’ golf squad carries an 8-4 record into the stretch run is that the season concludes with five straight home matches on the familiar greens and fairways of Rock Ridge Country Club.
“Huge advantage, huge advantage,” Newtown Coach and Rock Ridge Golf Professional Bill Flood said of the season closing out at home.
Newtown High School Baseball coach Matt Memoli will run two weeks of the Summer Baseball Academy at the Newtown High baseball field. The camp sessions will run on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Monday and Tuesday, June 26 through July 2, and Monday through Friday, July 8-12 — 9 am to noon each day.
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 girls’ track team defeated three opponents in a meet at Blue & Gold Stadium on April 30, and the NHS boys’ squad defeated one opponent and lost to two others in a meet at Pomperaug High School in Southbury on April 29. Both squads had several standout performances. Results are as follows: