Newtown’s Unified Sports soccer players practiced and competed in games throughout the fall season. The special needs athletes will bring their skills and enjoyment indoors for basketball season next. “It’s such an opportunity for these children to have a team, be on a team — and be cheered on,” said Jane McGrath, a volunteer with Newtown’s Unified Sports program, while at the Bunnell Unified Sports Soccer Tournament in Stratford, this fall.
A trio of Newtown High School athletes recently signed their National Letters of Intent to play sports at the collegiate level, and one committed to bringing her game to the next level as well, this past week.
Newtown Underwater Search And Rescue’s (NUSAR) annual comedy basketball fundraiser with the Harlem Superstars took place at Newtown High School on November 21. The Harlem team entertained the crowd with dazzling dunks and trick shots, led by 7-foot center Kevin “Tiny” Briggs and a group of talented athletes.
A pair of Newtown Thanksgiving traditions continue with the annual Newtown-Masuk high school football game on Turkey Day Eve, and the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving. This year, the football game will be played at Masuk High, 1014 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe. Kickoff on Wednesday, November 25, is set for 7 pm. Start your Thanksgiving morning early with the 6th Annual Newtown Turkey Trot 5K road race and fun walk to support the Cyrenius H Booth Library. The race will be held on Thursday, November 26, beginning at 7:45 am.
Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team placed 18th in the State Open, which culminated with swimming events at Yale University, on November 21. The Nighthawks scored 89 points as a team. Greenwich, with 581, was first. The 200 yard medley relay team of Megan Olszewski, Emma Brantl, Casey Klein, and Mary Hufziger placed 21st in 1:57.30, for eight points.
Newtown High School diver Kari Djonne was runner-up in the State Open diving championship, at Middletown High, on November 19. Djonne had a score of 488.20; Westhill/Stamford’s Rachel Burtson was first with a score of 534.75. Burston and Djonne also finished one-two in the Class LL state championships. Newtown’s Gillian Eckwall was ninth in the State Open with a score of 393.80. There were two dozen divers representing the top performers from schools representing each of the state’s four class sizes.
Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team placed tenth among 20 teams in the Class LL state championship meet. The diving competition took place at Bulkeley High in Hartford on November 11, and the swimming events were held at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven on November 17. Mary Hufziger set the team record in the 100 yard freestyle race with her sixth-place time of 53.82 seconds, good for 23 of the Nighthawks’ 237 points.
Newtown’s girls’ cross country team placed sixth in the 81st New England High School Interscholastic Cross Country Championship, at Thetford Academy’s 5K course, in Thetford, Vermont, on November 14. There were 30 teams and several other individuals representing their schools in the race. Sarah Mawdsley, Newtown’s top runner, placed 24th overall (16th on the list of runners representing teams) among 250 finishers. She also earned All New England accolades.
The 6th Annual Newtown Turkey Trot 5K road race and fun walk to support the Cyrenius H Booth Library will be held on Thanksgiving Morning, Thursday, November 26, beginning at 7:45 am. The race starts and finishes at Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen Street.