Throughout the years, Chris Bray coached up-and-coming wrestlers in the Newtown Youth Wrestling Association’s (NYWA) middle school and elementary programs. He taught young grapplers and prepared them to become strong high school competitors for nearly a decade. As it turned out, he was shaping many of them to become his team members once again, down the road.
The Nighthawks seem to have opponents right where they want them when trailing. Newtown High School’s boys’ basketball team has made a habit of erasing large deficits to scratch out close victories this season, the latest a 49-45 win over visiting Stratford on February 11.
Newtown trailed by six points at halftime and but eked out the win to improve to 10-6 overall and 8-2 in South-West Conference play.
The Newtown Soccer Club is hosting tryouts for a boys U9/U10 travel team to compete this spring season. The tryouts will be held during the week of March 10. The newly-formed team will compete in the Southwest District and be eligible for the Newtown Memorial Day Tournament. To qualify, participants must have a birthdate between August 1, 2003 and July 3, 2004 for U10, or August 1, 2004 and July 21, 2005 for U9. If interested, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
DANBURY — Newtown High School’s hockey team members hope to get some extra ice time in March with runs deep in the conference and state playoffs. For now, they’re getting more shots, saves, and hits thanks to overtime games in the regular season.
The Nighthawks played in their fifth overtime battle of the campaign — a tilt that ended in a scoreless deadlock with host New Fairfield-Immaculate of Danbury — at Danbury Ice Arena on February 8. Newtown is 2-0-3 in OT battles.
Newtown High School senior Jenna Calandro earned the Class LL state title in the pole vault event by clearing the bar with a height of 11 feet, seven inches in the championship meet at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven on February 8.
It may have been a little short of Calandro’s school indoor track record-setting 12-foot-3 effort but it was enough to beat out her closest competitor by more than a foot. And, what’s more, it set a Class LL championship record.
The Newtown and Joel Barlow high school hockey teams will play their first annual Warrior Cup game on Thursday, February 13. The game will be played at Danbury Ice Arena at 5:30 pm. It was originally to have been played on February 5 but snow postponed it. Both teams are joining forces to raise funds to support the Wounded Warrior Project.
Donations will be accepted at the game and online using this link: https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/individual-fundraising/Newtown. The teams are striving to raise $10,000.
Another game, another close outcome – a fifth straight hard-fought win for the Newtown High School boys' basketball team.
The Nighthawks used a wild fourth-quarter outburst to go on a 27-15 run to overcome host New Milford for a 71-62 win on February 4. Newtown earned its fifth straight victory to improve to 9-5 overall and 7-1 in South-West Conference play. New Milford fell to 4-10 overall (1-8 in SWC action).
Newtown High School’s gymnastics team scored 127.6 points to tie host New Milford and defeat Weston (113.4) on February 4.
The Nighthawks were led by strong performances across the board. Elisha Wilson scored an 8.0 on the vault, an 8.9 on the uneven bars, and an 8.65 on the balance beam. Anna Jannott scored an 8.15 on the vault and an 8.45 on the beam.
MILFORD — The Sandy Ground Project was established by the New Jersey Fireman’s Benevolent Association last year. Its mission is to build 26 playgrounds along the coast of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut in towns hit by Hurricane Sandy. Each playground honors and provides a lasting memory of the 26 children and teachers who lost their lives on December 14, 2012.
Milford will be the location of one of those playgrounds. It will be built in memory of James Mattioli, a 6-year old who was among the children killed on 12/14.
After losing a 52-49 double-overtime thriller at Joel Barlow of Redding on January 31, the Newtown High School girls’ basketball team got back on track, beating the visiting New Milford Green Wave, 43-36, in a very important late-season game, on February 4.
Newtown was led by Sarah Lynch who had 19 points and also led the team with three steals. Cassie Ekstrom contributed to the win by bringing down 11 rebounds. Mali Klorczyk gave the team a spark after hitting back to back 3-pointers and tacking on a couple more clutch buckets.