The old saying “never judge a book by its cover” certainly applied for the Newtown High School girls’ basketball team in each of its last two games — a 58-44 loss to Saddle River Day School in New Jersey on January 3 and a 54-40 win over visiting Stratford on January 6. A 14-point loss is a 14-point loss? And a 14-point win is a 14-point win?
Newtown High School’s boys’ swimming and diving team, on January 6, returned from a two-week break from meets by easing back into competition with an 89-77 win over the visiting Bunnell-Stratford co-op team. Newtown, after sealing the team win in the 500 yard freestyle race, exhibitioned the final four events and improved to 2-1 this winter.
Newtown High School’s hockey, boys’ basketball, and wrestling teams were all victorious on January 7. On the ice, Newtown High’s hockey team played its third consecutive one-goal game, and won its second straight, with a 4-3 edging of host Wethersfield-Rocky Hill-Middletown at Newington Arena. Newtown’s boys’ cagers extended their winning streak to four with a 66-57 win at Abbott Tech in Danbury. The wrestling team had its home opener against Masuk of Monroe and earned a 72-3 victory for its ninth win in ten matches to begin the year.
Newtown High School’s boys’ basketball team fended off multiple comeback efforts by the host Masuk Panthers en route to a 70-62 victory, the team’s third straight win, on January 5. Newtown improved to 4-2 overall, and Masuk fell to 4-2.
Every time the Panthers tried to build momentum, Newtown got a key steal, rebound, or basket to maintain the lead.
“They made their runs. We hung tough,” Newtown Coach Tim Tallcouch said. “We answered every one of their runs with a run of our own.”
Newtown High School’s wrestling and boys’ basketball teams earned wins on Saturday, January 3. The wrestling squad won the Trumbull Duals, defeating Pomperaug of Southbury 63-9, Daniel Hand of Madison 70-5, Nanuet, N.Y., 70-3, and Trumbull 47-15 in the finals to claim the title. Luca Crudo joined teammate James Leuci in the 100-win club, and Matt Gonzalez moved closer to reaching that plateau.
Newtown High School’s boys’ basketball team defeated Kolbe Cathedral of Bridgeport, 76-65, in the consolation game of the Wilton Holiday Tournament on December 29.
Will Dalton led Newtown with 32 points and came up with eight steals; he was named to the All Tournament Team. Harry Depuy registered a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds, Jeremy Doski added seven assists, and Charlie Huegi had five assists. Newtown improved to 2-2 heading into a Saturday, January 3, visit from Torrington — tipoff is set for 6 pm.
Coming off a campaign in which it was narrowly edged out by New Milford for the South-West Conference championship, scoring 130.65 points to New Milford’s 130.9, and only two winters removed from winning the conference crown, Newtown High School gymnastics team is looking to again be in contention to be among the best in the SWC. It will take quick emergence among the team’s sophomores and freshmen, who comprise six of the nine team members, and some turnaround in the health department for Newtown to get into postseason shape.