Forget all of the grueling practices in the heat, and juggling academic responsibilities with sports. For Julian Dunn, the hardest part of participating in athletics at Newtown High School was — well … not participating. Dunn had to sit out his senior basketball campaign for college visits and football drills as he was on his way to his next step, playing football at the University of Maine, which is located in the town of Orono.
Perhaps nothing is more synonymous with Newtown High School sporting events than the voice that can be heard emanating throughout the gymnasium, at Blue & Gold Stadium, on the back fields, and occasionally Treadwell Park, announcing starting lineups, and filling in the crowd between plays.
That voice belongs to Jason “J” Edwards, a teacher at Newtown High by day, and a public address announcer by afternoon, night, and weekend.
BRIDGEPORT — Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS) will benefit from a fundraiser at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, featuring the United Soccer League’s (USL) New York Red Bull II facing Newtown Pride FC of the Connecticut Soccer League, on Thursday, July 30, at 7:30 pm.
The evening will kick off at 6, outside of the ballpark, with an interactive fan zone. All ages are welcome to join in the fun.
Future, past, and present come together on the back fields at Newtown High School for Coach Matt Memoli’s youth baseball camps each summer. Up-and-coming ball players — this past week — worked on fielding, throwing, pitching, and hitting skills and got pointers from Memoli and some of his former and current players during the Youth Baseball Academy and Middle School Academy.
The Newtown Scholarship Association (NSA) held its 23rd Annual Jack Friel Memorial Golf Scramble on June 22. The event is sponsored by Newtown’s two golf venues, Rock Ridge Country Club and Newtown Country Club. The format of using the two Newtown clubs has allowed the NSA committee to put foursomes at each course and rotate teams the next year, thus all repeat teams signed up to play are playing a different course. All golfers end their day at Rock Ridge Country Club for dinner.
FAIRFIELD — Newtown and Sandy Hook were well represented on June 28 in the annual Faxon Law Group Fairfield Half Marathon. The 13.1-mile course started and finished at Jennings Beach and brought runners through the streets of downtown Fairfield and Southport, along the water in spots, and up some tough hills.
Sandy Hook’s Pedro Padilla finished the course in 165th place among nearly 3,000 competitors, crossing the finish line in a time of 1:34.35.
Joining a team requires athletes acclimate themselves to their new teammates, and it can take a little time to get comfortable. In the case of Newtown High School’s golf teams, that adjustment period was altogether avoided for some participants. That’s because they’re siblings — already very familiar with one another — on and off the course — before they went to their first high school practice together at Rock Ridge Country Club.
Newtown High School was well-represented in the All State and All South-West Conference selections for spring sports. All State First Team honorees were softball player Emily Woznick, baseball players Julian Dunn and David Matthews, and golfer Sarah Houle. Others to be honored with All State achievement are Julia Sughrue and Deegan Beauchemin.