Two years, two state titles … and a pair of championships in as many weeks for Newtown High School’s wrestling team. The Nighthawks successfully defended their state championship, seven days after claiming a conference crown, easily outscoring runner-up Danbury in the February 20-21 Class LL state meet at Trumbull High School.
The Nighthawks racked up 282.5 points, and Danbury compiled 231. Simsbury and Xavier of Middletown tied for third with 189, and next was Trumbull, which scored 183.
Held to just nine first-half points, Newtown High School’s girls’ basketball team used tenacious defense to generate explosive offense in the third quarter – riding a 21-2 run to a 48-37 win over visiting Immaculate of Danbury in the South-West Conference tournament quarterfinals on February 21.
Newtown High School’s boys’ basketball team earned a big 42-40 win over Weston on Senior Night, February 20. The Nighthawks honored final-year players Charlie Huegi, Jacob Burden, Harry Depuy, Will Dalton, and Jeremy Doski, and proceeded to pick up a win that could loom large in the conference playoff picture.
The Nighthawks improved to 8-4 in South-West Conference play, bolstering their changes of earning one of the top four spots and a quarterfinal-round home game in the conference tournament. Weston fell to 4-8 in SWC action.
The defending Class LL state champion Newtown High School wrestling team has put itself into good position to repeat with 11 of 14 grapplers getting all the way to the semifinal round at Trumbull High School on Saturday, February 21.
The Nighthawks had 13 grapplers advance to the quarterfinals which took place Saturday morning. Newtown, coming off its South-West Conference title, is trying to defeat Xavier of Middletown and Danbury, among other tough Class LL schools. The championship rounds are expected to begin at about 2:30 pm, shortly after the completion of the semifinals.
The Harlem Wizards are coming back to Newtown for a comedy basketball game on Sunday, February 22. The game will be played at Newtown High School beginning at 3 pm. The Wizards will take on a team of Newtown teachers and school staff as they have done in the past. Tickets are $10 for students and $12 for adults at the door.
Newtown High School’s girls’ basketball South-West Conference playoff game has again been rescheduled to an earlier start time; the game has been bumped to 1 pm on Saturday, February 21, due to anticipated snow.
A scheduling change for a 3 pm start was initially made after the sports section of The Newtown Bee went to press this week. In the two articles covering the Nighthawks on page B-1, the original game time of 7 pm is listed for the quarterfinal contest between host Newtown and Immaculate of Danbury.
Due to anticipated snow, a scheduling change was made for the South-West Conference girls’ basketball playoffs after the sports section of The Newtown Bee went to press this week.
In the two articles covering the Nighthawks on page B-1, the original game time of 7 pm is listed for the Saturday, February 21, quarterfinal contest between host Newtown High School and Immaculate of Danbury. The new start time is 3 pm.
Newtown High School’s boys’ basketball team lost back-to-back games for the first time this season, falling 55-46 to visiting Masuk of Monroe on February 13, and 54-49 at Pomperaug of Southbury on February 17.
The Nighthawks fell to 7-4 in South-West Conference play and, with just two regular season games remaining, find themselves clinging to the third seed in the standings. The top four squads will earn quarterfinal-round home games when the playoffs begin at 7 pm on February 27.
Scheduling Note: Due to anticipated snow, a second change was made for the game times after this article was posted. Newtown is now scheduled to play Immaculate at 1 pm, following the Notre Dame-Barlow game at 11 am. Both contests will take place at Newtown High on Saturday, February, 21 as originally planned.
Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ indoor track teams participated in the Class LL State Championships at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven on February 16. The meet was originally scheduled for February 15 but got postponed because of snow. The Newtown girls placed 16th with seven points and the boys’ squad was 20th with one point; both lineups had several participants. Glastonbury, with 77, won the girls’ competition, and Danbury, with 71, was tops among the boys. Newtown’s results are as follows: