Winning close, down-to-the-wire nail-biters has become customary for Newtown High School’s girls’ basketball team. The latest installment of the late-game magic came in the form of a 40-37 win over visiting New Milford on January 30. The Nighthawks made this one particularly memorable, after things appeared to be on their way to forgettable. The Hawks fell behind 14-0 before chipping away, taking their first lead in the third quarter, and finally escaping to remain perfect in the South-West Conference at 8-0.
DANBURY — Newtown High School’s wrestling team went into the Danbury High School gymnasium ranked No. 1 in the Norwich Bulletin state coaches poll — already having beaten the Hatters in the Danbury Holiday Tournament back in December — but came up short, 30-25, in a head-to-head competition with the second-ranked Hatters, on January 28.
Just a couple of days after snow postponed several Newtown sporting events, Mother Nature is at it again. The anticipated Monday through Tuesday blizzard caused several Newtown High School sporting events, originally slated for Tuesday, January 27, to be rescheduled a day in advance.
Newtown High School’s cheerleading team won the 20th Annual Wolcott Cheer Classic on January 25. The Nighthawks competed against nine other varsity teams and scored 90.5 out of 100 points to claim top honors. Newtown also received the Showmanship Award.
Newtown Parks & Recreation is offering an indoor tennis program through Fairfield County Tennis at NYA Sports & Fitness Center, which has indoor regulation tennis courts.
The next indoor season begins on February 3. Clinics will run for ten weeks and are offered for Pee Wee (ages 4-5), Juniors (ages 6-8, 9-12 and 11-14), for Beginners, Advanced Beginners, Low Intermediate, and Intermediate.
On Saturday, January 31, the Torpedoes will hold their second annual Swim-A-Thon at Newtown High School from 1 to 5 pm.
Last year approximately 85 members of the Newtown Parks & Recreation swim team participated in the inaugural event. Together team members swam for a total of four hours, completing more than 11,300 lengths of the Newtown High School pool.
In a battle of nine-win South-West Conference girls’ basketball rivals, host Newtown High School overcame an 11-point deficit to defeat Immaculate of Danbury 38-35 on January 23. The Nighthawks improved to 10-3 overall, and the Mustangs fell to 9-3.
Several Newtown sporting events — both in and out of town — scheduled for Saturday, January 24, have been canceled because of the expected snowstorm.
Newtown High School’s grapplers were scheduled to participate in the Gene Brigham Invitational Wrestling Tournament in Minisink, N.Y., on Saturday, but the meet was pushed to Sunday, January 25. The high school cheerleading team also had its event moved a day. The cheerleaders will now participate in the Connecticut Cheer Classic, in Wolcott, on Sunday.
A swimming and diving team’s success cannot be measured exclusively by wins and losses, or how close a meet is for that matter. Individual event times (and scores in the case of diving) have to be taken into consideration and, with that said, things are looking good for Newtown High School’s squad following a 98-82 win over visiting Bethel on January 20.
Newtown High School’s wrestling team defeated host New Milford 42-18 on January 21. This was a battle of the top two teams in last year’s South-West Conference championships, won by the Green Wave in a nail-biter. In this matchup, the Nighthawks made sure there was little suspense, winning ten of 14 matches, although it wasn’t so easy. Newtown won only two matches via pinfall, and the Wave won the first two bouts of the nights for an early 9-0 lead before the Hawks reeled off nine victories in succession.