Newtown High School’s girls’ volleyball team heads into the South-West Conference playoffs riding high, having won eight straight matchups with SWC opponents, and the Nighthawks will look to carry that success over into the conference tournament, set to begin on Monday, October 27.
The Nighthawks finished 11-2 in SWC play and carried a 13-4 overall mark into the season finale, a nonconference clash with visiting East Lyme, set for 5:30 pm on Friday, October 24.
Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team concluded the regular season with a 94-81 win over visiting Masuk of Monroe on October 21. Newtown finished the campaign with 9-1 mark as the team gets ready for the South-West Conference championships; the diving competition will take place at Pomperaug High School in Southbury at 5:30 pm on October 29, and the swim events will unfold at Masuk High at 1 pm on November 1.
In control of their own destiny, but also down to the wire, members of the Newtown High School boys’ soccer team stepped up and locked up a South-West Conference playoff berth with a 3-0 win over Notre Dame-Fairfield, under the lights at Sacred Heart University on October 20.
Newtown's Jake Lambert and Ben Mason, pictured tackling Ansonia's quarterback, were among the Nighthawks who shut down Ansonia's typically potent offense during Newtown's 14-8 win at Blue & Gold Stadium October 17. The Nighthawks halted Ansonia's winning streak at 48, which until Friday night, was one win shy of Cheshire's state record.
Jared Pearson rushes the ball during Newtown's win at Bethel on October 10. The Nighthawks look to keep rolling in what could be their toughest test of the regular season, a game with Ansonia at Blue & Gold Stadium on Friday, October 17. Ansonia is one win shy of Cheshire's state record of 49 consecutive wins. The game is scheduled to begin at 7.
Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team topped visiting Bunnell of Stratford, 96-74 on October 14. The Nighthawks cruised to first-place finishes early on in the meet before coasting to the triumph. Newtown improved to 8-1.
The Nighthawks jumped to the early lead as the 200 yard freestyle relay team of Meg Olszewski, Annika Fagerholm, Megan McDonald, and Amy Martinelli finished first in a time of 2:06.82.
The South-West Conference cross country championships, originally scheduled for Thursday, October 16, were rescheduled for Friday, October 17 because of the threat of heavy rain and thunderstorms. The races will be held at the original location — Bethel High School — with the same start times of 3:30 pm for the girls’ varsity runners and 4 pm for the boys’ varsity runners. Junior varsity races will follow at 4:30 and 5 pm. Visit newtownbee.com and check out the October 24 print edition of The Bee for coverage.
In the last home game of the season, on October 14, the Newtown High School boys’ soccer team hosted the Stratford Red Devils and the teams finished in a 1-1 tie.
The game was an important one in terms of playoff race for both teams. Heading into the game, Newtown had 14 points in the South-West Conference standings and held the eighth and final playoff spot, and Stratford had 13 points and was two positions behind Newtown (Masuk of Monroe, also with 13 points, held the ninth spot by virtue of defeating second-place Weston).