Sparked by a record-setting performance by its 200 yard freestyle relay team, Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team placed second in the South-West Conference championships, which wrapped up with swimming events at Masuk High in Monroe on November 1.
Perennial powerhouse Pomperaug of Southbury won the competition with 581 points. Newtown scored 415 to beat out Weston (third place with 391 points) for the runner-up team finish. Brookfield was fourth and host Masuk was fifth in the 11-team championship.
Newtown High School’s girls’ volleyball, field hockey, and girls’ and boys’ soccer teams all qualified for state tournament action, which gets going on Monday, November 3, and Tuesday, November 4. Only the volleyball squad earned a first-round home match; the others will have to prove their mettle on the road to advance into second-round play.
The Newtown High School football team didn’t need to do anything tricky to treat themselves to an easy 54-13 win under the lights at Weston High on Halloween. Newtown was scary-good from the start, piling up 34 first-quarter points en route to a 48-0 halftime lead. The Nighthawks improved to 8-0 and Weston fell to 3-5.
The first touchdown came on defense when Ben Mason recovered a fumble and ran the ball back 11 yards for a score. Jaret DeVellis found the end zone on a 38-yard run and Newtown had a 14-0 lead less than three minutes into the game.
Newtown High School’s Kari Djonne won the South-West Conference diving championship at Pomperaug High School in Southbury on October 29. Djonne had a score of 489.15 which broke the SWC record of 398.50, set in 2009.
Djonne also set Newtown High School team and pool records in her performances this season. Newtown's diving team, including Gillian Eckwall, Sarah MacMullen, and Emma Wolfman, has routinely helped led the Nighthawks to one-two-three finishes in meets this season.
The Newtown High School girls’ soccer team finished out the regular season strong, winning three out of its last four games. Newtown put in a good stretch run fighting it out for a spot in the South-West Conference playoffs, narrowly missing the eighth and final spot.
Despite the disappointment of missing the opportunity to play in the SWC tournament, Coach Marc Kenney was very pleased with the team’s effort and overall improvement especially toward the end of the season.
The New York Jets announced that Steve George, coach of the Newtown High School football team, has been named last week’s recipient of the New York Jets High School Coach of the Week Award presented by Chase.
Through Chase’s partnership, the monetary award to benefit the school’s football program has doubled to $2,000. George will be presented with a certificate and award ball. In addition, he is invited to watch the Jets-Patriots game in Chase’s suite at MetLife Stadium on December 21.
Back on October 6, Newtown High School’s girls’ volleyball team upset Weston in four games, sparking the team’s ten-match winning streak which led the Nighthawks into a conference tournament rematch with the Trojans with a spot in the championship on the line.
On October 29, Weston turned the tables on the Nighthawks, as the South-West Conference’s third seed executed a mild upset of the No. 2 Hawks, earning a 3-1 (25-18, 15-25, 25-18, 25-18) victory in the tournament semifinals at Monroe’s Masuk High School.
Newtown High School’s girls’ volleyball team won its South-West Conference playoff opener, toppling visiting New Milford 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-14) on October 27. The Nighthawks, the tourney’s No. 2 seed, survived scares in each of the first two games, then pulled away in the clincher to overcome the No. 7 Green Wave in this quarterfinal-round match.
Newtown advances to take on No. 3 Weston, a winner over No. 6 Bunnell of Stratford, in the tourney’s semifinals (scheduled to take place at neutral site Masuk of Monroe on Wednesday, October 29 at 5 pm).
Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ cross country teams participated in the Class LL state championship meet at Wickham Park in Manchester on October 25. The girls placed sixth as a team and the boys were 12th.
Glastonbury, with a meet-low 56 points, won the girls' competition; Newtown had 220 points. There were 21 Class LL teams and 146 finishers in the meet.