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  • Nighthawk Swimmers Cruise Past New Milford, Swim Well Against Pomperaug

    Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team improved to 3-2 with an 87.5-80.5 victory over visiting New Milford on September 27. The Nighthawks sealed the win with three events to go, and exhibitioned those final few races.

    The Hawks then suffered a tough 99.5-86.5 loss to Pomperaug of Southbury on October 1 to move their record to 3-3 overall.

  • NASCAR Driver Raises Money For Animal Sanctuary, Honors First Responders

    STAFFORD SPRINGS — NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver Richie Pallai, Jr, and the Stafford Motor Speedway recognized the efforts of the Sandy Hook first responders who were on hand to serve as grand marshals of the track’s SK Modified feature event on September 29.

    Pallai developed friendships with members of the Sandy Hook community through his fundraising efforts to help raise money for the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary as part of Stafford Motor Speedway’s CARQUEST Champions For Charities program. 

  • Full Game Effort Propels Hawk Gridders Past Bobcats

    Troy Frangione runs with the ball in Newtown's 35-7 win at Brookfield on September 27.

  • Ed Randall's Efforts Are A Hit; Wiffle Ball Players Take Swings Against Prostate Cancer At NYA

    The teenagers and preteens who swung bats and fielded groundballs on the turf at NYA Sports & Fitness Center earlier this month were carefree, and feeling good. Men over the age of 40 — although maybe not as limber and free-spirited on the whole — may have about the same level of overall comfort in their health as these young athletes. But they are at risk of dealing with something that can become deadly if not spotted early and treated properly: prostate cancer.

  • Youth Wrestlers Grappling With Practice Space Issue

    Since being displaced from their practice site — Sandy Hook Elementary School — in the wake of last December’s tragedy, Newtown Youth Wrestling Association (NYWA) members bounced around to wherever space has been available. That included locations out of town — in Bethel, Danbury, and in a Brookfield warehouse.

  • Sandy Hooks Beat Providence At Its Own Game

    The local vintage nine closed out its ninth regular season on a recent Saturday as the Newtown Sandy Hooks vintage base ball team swept a doubleheader from the 1884 Providence Grays on a spectacular day at Fort Adams in Newport, RI. The annual event in America’s First Resort is a highlight of Newtown’s season and all hands greet the day with vigor and expectation.

    Both the early 1860’s affair as well as the later 1884 main event featured riveting athleticism and field play that kept the assembled cranks awestruck and engaged.

  • Led By Gray, Swim Team Raises Money For Special Olympics

    Charlotte Gray says her favorite part about competing with the Newtown High School swimming and diving team is the connection she has with her teammates. The senior captain recently used that and another connection she has — one with challenged swimmers — to help raise money for Special Olympics.

    Gray is a unified partner with the Oxford chapter of Special Olympics. She’s volunteered two times a week, helping participants swim and play croquet, for the past seven years, and also contributing time at the Special Olympic Games.

  • Boys’ Soccer Team Bounces Back From Tough Ties To Nip Weston

    Newtown High School’s boys’ soccer team earned at least a point in each of its first five games heading into a September 26 game against Joel Barlow of Redding. For the better part of the afternoon on September 21, the Nighthawks controlled the ball and dominated in scoring opportunities. The Hawks, however, settled for a 1-1 tie with visiting Bethel at Treadwell Park on September 21.

  • Girls’ Soccer Team Maintains Winning Ways And Focus

    It would be easy to excuse members of the Newtown High School girls’ soccer team for having a lot of confidence and for starting to think repeat. Last year’s state champions have a new look with a mostly different starting lineup, but the Nighthawks picked up where left off a year ago — coming out on top game after game. They were unbeaten in five straight tilts to begin the season, but won’t make the mistake of believing they still don’t have a lot to prove.

  • Cross Country Teams Compete In Meets

    Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ cross country teams had strong showings in a pair of meets this past week. They competed in the 32nd Bethel Cross Country Invitational on September 21, then raced in South-West Conference action at Eisenhower Park in Milford on September 24. Results are as follows:

     

    Bethel Invite