After seeing its season-opening five-game unbeaten streak come to an end and enduring consecutive losses, Newtown High School’s field hockey team got back on the winning track. The Nighthawks, following a 2-1 setback to New Milford on September 24 and a 4-0 loss at New Fairfield two days later, blanked Weston 2-0 at Blue & Gold Stadium on September 27.
Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team improved to 3-2 with an 87.5-80.5 victory over visiting New Milford on September 27. The Nighthawks sealed the win with three events to go, and exhibitioned those final few races.
The Hawks then suffered a tough 99.5-86.5 loss to Pomperaug of Southbury on October 1 to move their record to 3-3 overall.
STAFFORD SPRINGS — NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver Richie Pallai, Jr, and the Stafford Motor Speedway recognized the efforts of the Sandy Hook first responders who were on hand to serve as grand marshals of the track’s SK Modified feature event on September 29.
Pallai developed friendships with members of the Sandy Hook community through his fundraising efforts to help raise money for the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary as part of Stafford Motor Speedway’s CARQUEST Champions For Charities program.
Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ cross country teams competed in meets on the trails behind Reed School on October 1.
The girls defeated Joel Barlow of Redding 24-33, Brookfield 16-45, and Stratford 15-50. The Nighthawks were led by the one-two finish of standouts Brianne Moulder and Hannah Schwartz, who completed the 3.1-mile course with times of 20:25 and 20:46. Kiera Elkow was sixth in 22:14.
The Nighthawks kept piling up the high-percentage scoring opportunities, only to have Bunnell of Stratford goalkeeper Jeremy Proto make saves or see their shots sail just wide in a boys’ soccer clash at Blue & Gold Stadium on September 30. Finally, about 14 minutes into the second half, a cross attempt by Newtown’s Grant Ricketts ricocheted off a diving Proto and into the net. That fluky goal proved to be the difference as Newtown High School’s booters ended a mini two-game losing skid in a 1-0 win.
The local vintage nine closed out its ninth regular season on a recent Saturday as the Newtown Sandy Hooks vintage base ball team swept a doubleheader from the 1884 Providence Grays on a spectacular day at Fort Adams in Newport, RI. The annual event in America’s First Resort is a highlight of Newtown’s season and all hands greet the day with vigor and expectation.
Both the early 1860’s affair as well as the later 1884 main event featured riveting athleticism and field play that kept the assembled cranks awestruck and engaged.
Charlotte Gray says her favorite part about competing with the Newtown High School swimming and diving team is the connection she has with her teammates. The senior captain recently used that and another connection she has — one with challenged swimmers — to help raise money for Special Olympics.
Gray is a unified partner with the Oxford chapter of Special Olympics. She’s volunteered two times a week, helping participants swim and play croquet, for the past seven years, and also contributing time at the Special Olympic Games.
Newtown High School’s boys’ soccer team earned at least a point in each of its first five games heading into a September 26 game against Joel Barlow of Redding. For the better part of the afternoon on September 21, the Nighthawks controlled the ball and dominated in scoring opportunities. The Hawks, however, settled for a 1-1 tie with visiting Bethel at Treadwell Park on September 21.
It would be easy to excuse members of the Newtown High School girls’ soccer team for having a lot of confidence and for starting to think repeat. Last year’s state champions have a new look with a mostly different starting lineup, but the Nighthawks picked up where left off a year ago — coming out on top game after game. They were unbeaten in five straight tilts to begin the season, but won’t make the mistake of believing they still don’t have a lot to prove.