Maura Fletcher schedules tough out-of-conference games to challenge her Newtown High School girls’ lacrosse team, which, for the most part, has dominated the South-West Conference competition through the years.
The coach of the eight-time SWC champions hasn’t lost an in-conference battle — regular or postseason — since 2006. When it comes to nonconference clashes, however, Fletcher’s Nighthawks have had a combination of success and struggles in the regular campaign and state tournament.
Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ track and field teams competed in meets this week. The girls defeated all three opponents they faced in a competition at Joel Barlow in Redding on April 23, improving to 6-0 this spring, and the boys defeated two of three opponents at Blue & Gold Stadium on April 22. Results are as follows:
Newtown 78, Joel Barlow 72; Newtown 84.5, Brookfield 65.5; Newtown 106, New Fairfield 40.
Members of the New York Giants football team came to Newtown Youth Academy (NYA) to visit with residents and offer pointers to up and coming grid iron battlers at the NYA/ American Youth Football (AYF) Spring Break Football Camp on April 18.
The event was organized by Cody Foss, Sports Wings Manager, Special Event Planning & Manager of SPEED Programs at NYA, along with Newtown Youth Football and Cheer President Sean Dunn, and Steve George, coach of the Newtown High School football team.
Opening Day for fishing season was on April 20. Fishermen (and fisherwomen) of all ages reeled in some fresh dinner (or tossed their catches back) at bodies of water throughout the state. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection expected to have 376,000 trout stocked throughout 101 lakes and ponds, and 203 rivers and streams in Connecticut.
Catherine Galda recently competed in her first road race since late last year, when an injury sidelined the self-proclaimed weekend enthusiast. Mrs Galda ran the 2013 NYC Half Marathon to see how well her training has been going as well as to continue a personal fundraising effort for The Rotary Club of Newtown’s Sandy Hook School Fund.
Newtown High School’s boys’ lacrosse team has certainly had some bright spots in the early stages of the campaign: A season-opening 13-3 triumph over Pomperaug of Southbury, overcoming a four-goal deficit to nearly shock the New Fairfield Rebels, and a victory at Weston lead the list heading into this week.
The Nighthawks ended a tough stretch of three consecutive setbacks with an 8-2 win over Weston on April 16, as they handed the Trojans their first loss after a 4-0 start, and improved to 2-3 to begin the campaign.
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.