Newtown High School’s boys’ tennis team defeated host Joel Barlow of Redding 5-2 on April 15, then toppled visiting Brookfield 7-0 the next day. Newtown edged Barlow, 4-3 in a rematch, on April 21. On the golf course, the first-year varsity girls’ squad has won three matches to begin the campaign. The Nighthawks won twice this week, topping Weston and Stratford. The NHS boys’ golfers, following a loss to Masuk of Monroe, on April 15, have won two in a row heading into a big match with Pomperaug of Southbury, set for April 27.
Newtown High School’s girls’ track and field team defeated host Pomperaug of Southbury 101-49, and Kolbe Cathedral of Bridgeport 150-0, on April 21. The season-opening meet was put on hold for an afternoon because of rain.
It’s still early in the season, but Newtown High School’s somewhat new-look girls’ lacrosse team is beginning to resemble the same old dominant squad it has been for several years. The ten-time South-West Conference champions, revamped with a new coach and several new faces following the graduation of a dozen players, won its second straight game, doubling up visiting Masuk of Monroe 16-8 on April 21.
The first charity Wingathlon will be held on Saturday, May 2, at the Fairfield Hills campus. Participants may choose from a Family 5K Run/Walk or a competitive Duathlon (5K run/26K cycle/5K run) event around the scenic roads of greater Newtown. The Wingathlon will benefit Dylan’s Wings of Change, a foundation established to honor the life of Dylan Hockley, who was killed in his classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. Dylan had autism and his parents, Nicole and Ian, created Dylan’s Wings of Change in order to help children with autism and other related conditions to achieve their full potential.
Newtown High School’s softball team defeated two Panther squads in as many days in their first games after a week-long trip to Florida, during which the Nighthawks played six games at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, and enjoyed Walt Disney World. The Nighthawks withstood a big comeback effort by visiting Masuk of Monroe to hold off the Panthers from the south for an 8-7 win on April 16. The Hawks then came back to edge visiting Pomperaug of Southbury with two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to prevail 5-4 over the Panthers from the north, the next afternoon.
Newtown High School’s boys’ volleyball team, in its inaugural campaign, earned its first win with a victory over visiting Daniel Hand of Madison, on Friday, April 17. The Nighthawks overcame a two games to one deficit to come out on top.
Newtown High School’s boys’ lacrosse team won three of its first four games to begin the season. Newtown beat visiting Bethel 9-6 at Blue & Gold Stadium on April 16. Ryan Sullivan had three goals and an assist, Morris and MacKinnon both hit the back of the net twice, and Logan Walsh and Matt Myers each added tallies. Jared Pearson had a trio of assists, and Walsh added two helpers. David MacKinnon and Peyton Manning fielded four and three ground balls, respectively.
Newtown High School’s baseball team played three games decided by just one run in its first four of the campaign. The Nighthawks had a pair of one-run contests to begin play this spring. The Nighthawks fell 5-4 at Staples of Westport in its season opener, on April 8, then edged visiting Fairfield Ludlowe 6-5 the next day. The team fell 5-1 at Notre Dame-Fairfield 5-1 on April 13, then won in walk-off fashion, pulling out an 8-7 victory in the bottom of the ninth inning against Masuk of Monroe on April 15.
They say good things come to those who wait. Newtown High School’s first-year varsity girls’ golf team had to hang tight for an extra few days to begin competition thanks to unplayable course conditions in early April. The Nighthawks, who played as club squad a season ago, finally got their first varsity match in on April 13 with a visit to Immaculate of Danbury at Richter Park. Newtown made the wait worthwhile. The Hawks came out on top, shooting a 200; Immaculate shot a 235.
A first-year varsity team that doesn’t even have prior club playing experience under its belt certainly has some catching up to do out of the gate. In the case of Newtown High School’s brand-new boys’ volleyball team, however, things are looking pretty good in their first week of competition. An 0-3 start to the campaign is a bit deceptive since the Nighthawks have been competitive in the early going, providing a positive outlook among team members and Coach Sandy Doski. The Hawks are confident that the wins will come.