Up-and-coming wrestlers got some pointers from coaches and Newtown High School grapplers during the Newtown Youth Wrestling Association’s Introduction To Youth Wrestling clinic, at NYA Sports & Fitness, on September 12.
No sense easing into the campaign. Newtown High School’s girls’ volleyball team opened things with a visit to defending state Class M runner-up St Joseph on September 15, the day before a match with another nonconference powerhouse from the FCIAC, Darien — last year’s Class LL champion.
Newtown, after winning its first game against St Joes, hung close in games two through four, but St Joes prevailed 3-1 (24-26, 25-20, 25-20, 25-22). Darien posted a 3-0 (25-12, 25-18, 25-14) win in the second match.
Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team won its season-opening meet, defeating visiting Joel Barlow of Redding 97-80 on September 11. The Nighthawks built a 97-42 lead through nine events before exhibitioning the final three.
Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ cross country teams each started the season with victories over three opponents in races at Newtown’s home course, adjacent to Reed School on the grounds of Fairfield Hills, on September 15.
The girls beat New Fairfield 17-42, topped Weston 17-44, and defeated Bethel 15-46. The boys defeated New Fairfield 20-35, Weston 15-50, and Bethel 15-50.
Newtown High School’s girls’ soccer team began the season with a pair of 3-2 victories over South-West Conference rivals, edging visiting New Fairfield in the season opener, at Treadwell Park, on September 11, and getting past host Brookfield on September 15.
In the win over New Fairfield, Sarah Houle scored the game-winner in the final half minute of regulation. Alana Murray and Makenna Cerney also scored, and Houle added an assist. Goalkeeper Meghan Doyle had five saves.
The competition season isn’t until the winter, but Newtown High School’s cheerleading squad has been hard at work preparing to defend its South-West Conference crown which, this year, the team will have a chance to do at home. The SWC cheerleading championships will be held at NHS on February 6, beginning at 4 pm.
Last season, Newtown High School’s girls’ volleyball team posted a regular-season record of 14-4, and reached the South-West Conference tournament semifinals. The Nighthawks earned the No. 9 seed in the Class LL state tournament and, after winning their first-round contest, were eliminated by eighth-seeded Southington in the second round.
Newtown graduated four players, so will have some rebuilding to do, but the Hawks bring back players who saw varsity court time in last year’s rotation.
The loss of ten players to graduation from last season’s 7-9 team doesn’t have Newtown Coach Stephanie Paproski worried. Although the players leave shoes to fill, Newtown’s field hockey coach has been given reason to believe her lineup will be a tough one to deal with based on what she’s seen in the preseason.
As midsummerlike temperatures greeted the cross country team participants for practices in the first week of September, they had cool-weather success on their minds. By the time the late October South-West Conference championships roll around, the 90-degree heat will likely be long gone, and Newtown High School’s runners hope to be leaving many of their competitors in the dust on their way to conference success.