Newtown High School 2010 graduate Samantha Kent knew the weekend after the events of 12/14 that she wanted to create a community run on her current campus, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, that would help support Newtown students’ futures.
“I was looking for these kids to grow up into a legacy rather than a tragedy,” Kent said this week.
Miami University, she said, has always seemed to her as an extension of Newtown. Both places have a sense of home, she added.
The Newtown Parent Connection, Inc (NPC), a nonprofit organization serving the community of Sandy Hook and Newtown since 1993, is collaborating with the town’s premier soccer team, Newtown Pride, in a fundraising initiative.
Year in and year out, the Newtown High School girls’ lacrosse team has been the squad to beat in the South-West Conference. The Nighthawks captured their eighth straight SWC championship last spring, ensuring that they are the group everybody will strive to take down again this spring.
Although many SWC teams have been getting better in recent years, Newtown Coach Maura Fletcher notes, it doesn’t stand to be the least bit easy for anybody to take bragging rights from the Nighthawks.
Returning members of Newtown High School’s boys’ lacrosse team are hungry for a championship (or two) after reaching the semifinal round of both the South-West Conference and Class L state playoffs a year ago.
That’s the good, encouraging news. The challenge — in addition to other formidable teams standing in the way — is that Newtown lost a large contingent of key players to graduation.
Gone from last year’s South-West Conference champion squad are eight team members who graduated. Still in place, however, is the goal to succeed. Newtown High School’s baseball team is striving to repeat as SWC champs and, in fact, go deeper in the state tournament this time around.
Doug Russell is shooting for success in the short term with an eye on building for the future. The Newtown High School girls’ outdoor track and field coach has 70-plus participants to begin the campaign, and he is encouraging those new to the program to develop field events skills, hopeful that it will pay off down the road.
Newtown has strong sprinters, distance runners, and hurdlers, but has had some struggles in the field events in the past Russell notes.