- Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 8:34 am
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.
- Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 8:28 am
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.”
- Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 8:20 am
Brett Teolis, coach of Newtown High School’s boys’ tennis team, is hopeful that his team’s depth translates into going deep into the postseason.
- Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 11:00 am
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.
- Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 10:58 am
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.
- Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 10:55 am
Here’s something volleyball enthusiasts in town are sure to dig: Newtown High School has a boys’ volleyball team in place — and its first season is underway this week.
Sandy Doski, who previously was an assistant coach with Newtown High’s girls’ squad, and has also worked as a volleyball official, offered to coach the team without pay to get it up and running.
- Monday, April 6, 2015 at 11:30 am
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.
- Monday, April 6, 2015 at 11:20 am
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.
- Friday, April 3, 2015 at 3:15 pm
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.
- Friday, April 3, 2015 at 8:58 am
Newtown High School’s wrestling team, winners of the South-West Conference, Class LL and State Open championships, was selected as the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Team of the Year.
Pictured, from left, are Coach Chris Bray, Assistant Coach Mike Long, James Leuci, Connor LeMay, Luca Crudo, Anthony Falbo, Joe Accousti, Tom Long, Assistant Coach Mike McKeever, Matt Gonzalez, Thomas Leuci, and Ed Lovely.