The new-look Newtown High School field hockey team couldn’t have put together much better of a start to the season than it has had. The Nighthawks, led by first-year Coach Stephanie Paproski and with a roster almost entirely made up of newcomers, posted an impressive 3-0-2 mark in their first handful of games this season.
Newtown’s first loss came in a 2-1 nail-biter against visiting South-West Conference foe New Milford, at Treadwell Park, on September 24.
The teenagers and preteens who swung bats and fielded groundballs on the turf at NYA Sports & Fitness Center earlier this month were carefree, and feeling good. Men over the age of 40 — although maybe not as limber and free-spirited on the whole — may have about the same level of overall comfort in their health as these young athletes. But they are at risk of dealing with something that can become deadly if not spotted early and treated properly: prostate cancer.
Since being displaced from their practice site — Sandy Hook Elementary School — in the wake of last December’s tragedy, Newtown Youth Wrestling Association (NYWA) members bounced around to wherever space has been available. That included locations out of town — in Bethel, Danbury, and in a Brookfield warehouse.
Newtown High School’s girls’ volleyball team coasted to a 3-0 (25-12, 25-8, 25-21) win over visiting Notre Dame-Fairfield on September 23, improving to 4-2 overall.
Newtown Coach Tom Czaplinski has been able to get everybody plenty of playing time throughout the season. In fact, not only did all ten varsity team members get into the match against now 1-6 Notre Dame, but junior varsity call-up Jamie Calandro also earned some varsity time.
Newtown High School’s football team overcame some turnovers, costly penalties, and overall inexperience to hold off a veteran-led Bethel squad for a 22-14 victory under the lights at Blue & Gold Stadium on September 20. The Nighthawks (2-0) made their home opener a victorious one despite being held scoreless in the second half for the second week to begin the season.
Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ cross country teams both came away with a trio of wins in home races on September 17. Newtown’s runners came out on top against Bethel, Masuk of Monroe, and Notre Dame-Fairfield in a 5K race on the trails adjacent to Reed School.
In the girls’ competition, Newtown bested Masuk and ND each by 15-50 scores, and topped Bethel 25-32 to improve to 5-1 this season.
Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team began the season with a 96-85 win over visiting Joel Barlow of Redding on September 12, then came up a little short in a 96-88 setback to Brookfield, in another home meet, on September 17.
Against Barlow, Newtown put the meet out of reach before exhibitioning the final two events. Newtown’s top placements in each event are as follows:
FAIRFIELD — Newtown High School’s girls’ soccer team has taken care of business in the early going of the campaign, and now braces for some potentially tougher competition. The Nighthawks blanked the host Notre Dame-Fairfield Lancers 3-0 on September 16 to improve to 3-0 heading into a September 19 clash with always-tough Masuk of Monroe.
The Newtown Youth Wrestling Association (NYWA) invites those interested in learning about wrestling to come to attend an open house scheduled for 6-8 pm in The Alexandria Room of Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street, on Wednesday, September 25.
NWYA concluded last season as co-champions of the Western Connecticut Wrestling League. There were also several individual, state, and regional championship titles earned.
New Head Coach Brian Hayes of Danbury is excited to get the season started.