For 9-year-old Damian Buccieri, a bump in the road is a good thing. In fact, the more bumps — and the bigger they are, within reason, for that matter — the merrier. That’s because the Newtown resident is a motocross racer who loves to catch air.
Buccieri has been an off-road motorcycle enthusiast during the past four years, and has come a long way on the tracks since he first started tearing up his lawn on a little Yamaha PW50, the first bike his dad brought home for him.
Ryan Tani stands with his go-kart, which was repainted recently to represent his hometown and his mother’s workplace. Ryan, 11, is paying respect to Sandy Hook School with his green and white vehicle, and disproving a long-held racing myth that green can be an unlucky paint scheme.
The registration deadline for the 25th Annual ShopRite Nutmeg State Games is Monday, June 24. Registration information for all sports may be found at www.nutmegstategames.org.
More than 6,500 athletes, 1,500 volunteers, and 15,000 spectators will convene in New Britain and throughout the Hartford County area July 13 through July 28 for Connecticut’s only Olympic-style sport competition. The Games consist of 22 sporting events, which include team and individual competitions.
A preview of some of what’s to come this fall unfolded on the Blue & Gold Stadium turf on June 14. The annual Blue & Gold Game, an intrasquad football scrimmage, took place on a fittingly borderline early fall-like evening, and the Blue team pulled away for a 41-21 victory.
Newtown’s Irene McCarthy isn’t your average 82-year-old. She works part-time and exercises regularly. We’re not just talking about walks around the block either. As of June 15, McCarthy is a competitive runner.
McCarthy ran her first road race, the 39th Annual Rocking Rooster Run, a 5K, this past week. She’s almost four times the age of Rooster Run winner Kevin Hoyt (22), who has run in countless races. Hoyt’s time was ultra impressive (15:09) but it wasn’t nearly four times as fast as McCarthy’s.
Newtown’s Kevin Hoyt and Zach Schwartz led a field of nearly 500 participants in the 39th Annual Rocking Rooster Run at Fairfield Hills on June 15. Both former Newtown High School distance running standouts finished the 5K race in a time of 15:09. Hoyt, 22, narrowly edged out Schwartz, 24, to claim first-place honors.
Newtown High School and Western CT Militia Minor League Football will co-host The Helmets and Hearts Newtown Memorial Scholarship Fund Benefit Football Game on Saturday, June 29, at Blue & Gold Stadium at NHS.
The game will be between Western CT Militia and Lowell Noreaster. Pre-game events will begin at 6 pm, and kick-off will be at 6:45.
Admission is free, but donations will be welcomed. All proceeds will go directly to the Newtown Memorial Scholarship Fund.