- Friday, March 27, 2015 at 3:33 pm
All town fields remain closed, according to a reminder from Newtown Parks & Rec, which made the announcement via email Friday, March 27.
Treadwell and Tilson artificial fields remain closed as well, due to snow cover and frozen sub-surface conditions.
“Due to the potential for head impact injuries these fields will remain closed until at least Monday March 30, 2015,” the note continued. “These fields will be monitored early next week and opened as soon as safe playing conditions exist.”
- Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 11:15 am
The Newtown Police Department announced, on March 26, that certain roads on and around the Fairfield Hills campus will be closed during the Sandy Hook 5K, set to take place on Saturday, March 28.
Police will block off roads into the campus, as well as Mile Hill Road South and Nunnawauk Road. The roads will be closed to traffic from approximately 8:45 am until about 9:45 am.
Police will close roads only while the race is taking place, reopening the roads once the last runner completes the course.
- Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 8:23 am
School spring sports are underway; Mother Nature didn’t get the memo.
As of the middle of this week, plenty of snow and ice still caked the athletic playing fields, tennis courts, and golf courses in town, as well the Blue & Gold Stadium track, leaving Newtown High School’s athletics department having to be creative in approaches to tryouts and practices.
- Monday, March 23, 2015
The 3rd Annual Sandy Hook 5K will take place at Fairfield Hills on Saturday, March 28, with Kids Runs beginning at 8:15 am and the 5K at 9 am. The race, despite an increase in runners from 1,200 to 1,500, sold out the day registration began, back in January. But there are still ways for those interested to become involved this year and in the future through donations, sponsorships, and volunteering opportunities, as well as via a virtual run option.
- Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 10:25 am
We may be closer to the end of last football season than we are to the kickoff to the next campaign, but preparations for the upcoming campaign are about to get back into full swing for some gridders, including Springfield College’s Max Nacewicz.
A former Newtown High School defensive standout, Nacewicz and his teammates, beginning next week, will participate in a month’s worth of spring drills and practices before a layoff of sorts leading into the August preseason.
- Friday, March 20, 2015 at 10:45 am
Newtown’s Senior League boys’ basketball championship game took place at Newtown High School on March 19. Team Red defeated Team Gray 51-41. Connor Roche scored 13 points, Erik Street had 12, and Jack Pirone contributed 11 to lead the Red squad. Spencer Tolson, Adam Bergeron, and Gordon Walsh each added five; and Alex Street contributed in the victory.
- Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 3:30 pm
Basketball teams for AAU tournaments are forming now for girls in sixth grade and boys in fifth grade. Tryouts will be held at the Newtown Middle School A gymnasium March 23, 25, and 27 from 6 to 8 pm. Participants must be registered with AAU ($16) to try out, and there are no additional tryout fees.
Cost to play is $500 per player. Fees are determined by cost of uniforms, tournament fees, practice gym, AAU club registration, AAU insurance rider, and equipment.
- Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 1:20 pm
Newtown High School hosted the first Special Olympics Unified Sports South-West Conference Tournament on March 18. The event brought together unified sports basketball teams from host Newtown, as well as Joel Barlow of Redding, Bethel, and Bunnell of Stratford.
Following a parade of athletes, Julia Bogdanoff sang the National Anthem. Each of the squads followed with The Unified Sports Oath, led by Garrett Fitzpatrick: “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” Then the games began.
- Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Newtown High School’s boys’ swimming and diving team participated in the Class LL state championships at Wesleyan University on March 17. The Nighthawks scored 137 points and placed 14th among 21 teams to score in the meet. Greenwich, with 836, was the winner. The Nighthawks had some strong performances.
The 200 yard medley relay team, which included Tommy Horan, Seth Barrett, Matt Argraves, and Owen Gray, placed 13th in a time of 1:44.82 to score 28 points. In the 50 freestyle, Gray was 14th in 22.98 to earn 13 points.
- Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 2:00 pm
March Madness isn’t all about filling out NCAA tournament brackets and watching potential NBA stars in action. Newtown Youth Basketball Association’s up-and-coming cagers are playing in postseason games as well.
Throughout the afternoons on Saturday and Sunday, March 14 and 15, girls and boys in fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grade are concluding their seasons in All Star and championship contests at the Newtown High School court.