Newtown High School’s hockey team, coming off a runner-up finish in the conference championship tilt, will go after the Division III state title, beginning with a first-round game on Monday, March 10. The Nighthawks, seeded second in the bracket, will face a familiar foe, No. 15 Joel Barlow of Redding, at Danbury Ice Arena. The puck is scheduled to drop at 5:30 pm. Newtown defeated conference rival Barlow twice during the regular season.
Dominic Cartelli (No. 28) makes his way toward the goal as Barlow players defend during Newtown's 5-1 win the Division III state tournament opener at Danbury Ice Arena on March 10. Cartelli had a goal in the triumph.
Caelan Ritter swims during the 200 yard individual medley event at the South-West Conference championships on March 7. Ritter came in 24th in the event in a time of 2:30.24. Ritter scored five points for his team by placing 14th in the 100 breaststroke race.
Newtown's Scott McLean skates toward the net during Newtown's clash with New Fairfield-Immaculate in the conference championship game at West Haven's Bennett Rink on March 7. Newtown fell 2-1 in overtime.
The Sandy Hook 5K, referred to as the Sandy Hook Run for Families a year ago, will once again be held, this time in the town the event benefits. The Saturday, March 29, race will begin 8:15 am on the campus of Fairfield Hills and will feature a 5K run/ fitness walk, as well as a fun run for children ages 2–11. Runners and walkers of all abilities and families with strollers are welcome.
Newtown High School’s hockey team, the top seed in the Southern Connecticut/ South-West Conference Division III tournament, will challenge No. 2 New Fairfield Immaculate of Danbury for the trophy on Friday, March 7. The game time, originally 6 pm, as reported in the March 7 print edition of The Bee, was changed by conference officials after deadline. The game is now slated to begin at 8 pm and will take place, as originally planned, at West Haven’s Bennett Rink.
He may “only” be a freshman, but Newtown High School wrestler Anthony Falbo already has Class LL and State Open weight division championships under his belt. Sure, wrestling is perhaps the one and only physical athletic competition that offers a consistently equal playing field for head-to-head competitors because of the weight classes, but Falbo’s achievement is particularly impressive — as if a State Open crown isn’t enough for any athlete — because of where he falls in the lineup.
Newtown High School’s gymnastics team competed in the Class L state championships at Pomperaug High School in Southbury on March 1. The Nighthawks, with 128.875 points, placed sixth among eight schools. Southington, with 138.375 points, won the championship.
Newtown High School Baseball Coach Matt Memoli will run an April Vacation Baseball Academy, during the week of April 14-18, for players ages 7-14. The program will be split into middle school and a youth baseball sessions.