Coming off a tough-to-swallow runner-up finish to Weston, in which just a half a point decided things, in last year’s South-West Conference championships, Newtown High School’s girls’ track and field squad — needless to say — is hungry for redemption.
“I think we’re going to be contenders for the conference championship this year,” said Doug Russell, coach of the Nighthawks. “The girls are motivated and prepared to do well.”
Some things remain the same, and some things change. In the case of Newtown High School’s girls’ lacrosse team, both apply. The Nighthawks, as always, are the team to beat in the South-West Conference — in fact, they’re going for the 11th straight SWC title — but a new leader is in place to try to get the Nighthawks back to the top.
Amanda Mastera takes over for Maura Fletcher, who retired after completing a decade of dominance.
Coming off a South-West Conference title, Newtown High School’s boys’ lacrosse team is the undisputed defending champion. However, Newtown Coach Glenn Adams doesn’t look at it that way as his team takes the field in search of another trophy.
“That’s always our goal,” Adams said of winning a league crown. “We’re not looking at it like we’re defending because we won last year’s championship. This is a new team.”
Although Newtown High School’s boys’ golf team’s season is slated to begin Wednesday, April 8, with a visit to Brookfield at 3 pm, and the Nighthawks have (weather permitting) seven more matches before of Southbury visits Rock Ridge Country Club, it’s that April 27 match with the rival Panthers that the Nighthawks have circled on the schedule.
Last spring, girls’ golfers from Newtown High School came out in full swing to participate on a club team. They practiced chips, putts, and drives in anticipation of competing as a varsity squad this year.
Their time has come. The Nighthawks are scheduled to tee off for their first official campaign on Monday, April 13, when they visit Danbury’s Richter Park at 3 pm to take on Immaculate of Danbury.
Members of Newtown High School’s baseball team performed/executed fielding and base running drills on the turf at Blue & Gold Stadium (because the grass playing field was soggy after the snow finally melted away) on April 1 as they prepared for the start of the campaign.
The key to some success this spring, Coach Memoli anticipates, is playing fundamentally sound ball; smart base running and solid fielding will be important.
“We have to make sure we don’t hand outs away,” the coach said.
Coach Bob Guererra is hopeful that the slow start to the spring — his Newtown High School softball team preparing first indoors before moving onto the Blue & Gold Stadium turf field to conduct drills, and having preseason scrimmages canceled — doesn’t set the tone for a tough start to the year. No matter how quickly the Nighthawks get into the swing of things, the coach is optimistic that they’ll emerge as contenders for a championship by the time the season winds down in late May.
Newtown High School’s baseball and softball teams, after starting their tryouts indoors in area fitness facilities, have been practicing on the Blue & Gold Stadium turf field; and tennis players finally moved outside now that the snow has melted off the courts.