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  • Football Team Kicks Things Off With A Win

    SOUTHBURY — Newtown High School’s football team did all of its scoring in the first half and cruised to a season-opening 26-7 win over host Pomperaug on a September 13 late afternoon. Quarterback Drew Tarantino set the school's passing yards record. He threw for 229 yards, surpassing Mike Newman (1974) who had the old record with 3,405 yards. Tarantino has thrown for 3,581.

  • Boys’ Cross Country Team Runs After Another Title

    Gone from last year’s South-West Conference-winning Newtown High School boys’ cross country team are four of the team’s top five runners, but the Nighthawks have high expectations to again be a factor in the championship meet, maybe with another win.

  • Cheer And Dance Squads Target Championships

    Newtown High School’s cheerleading squad and dance team are both coming off memorable seasons in which they entertained fans and supported their peers on the football field in the fall and basketball court in the winter, then wowed the judges at their own championship competitions to cap off their campaigns.

  • Gridders Lean On Experience Of Offense, Emergence Of Defenders

    Coming off a season in which they won the South-West Conference championship and competed in the state playoffs, Newtown High School’s football team again has the potential for success on the gridiron this fall. As always, however, it’s a game-by-game approach with Coach Steve George and company; they won’t look past any opponents and aren’t announcing any win-loss or playoff qualification expectations.

  • Fresh Slate For Last Year’s Champs

    Deep down inside, Marc Kenney and his returning players may still be jumping for joy, but the Nighthawks aren’t about to get caught up in last year’s Class LL state championship success as they begin a new season. In fact, Kenney doesn’t even look at his Newtown High School girls’ soccer team as defending champions, and one can’t really question that given the high level of turnover from last year’s roster.

  • Boys’ Booters Turn To New Style Of Play

    With the new season comes a new beginning, some new players, new expectations, and — in the case of the Newtown High School boys’ soccer team — a new approach to the game.

    “We have a new style of play this year that we’re hoping to integrate into our game play,” senior captain and center defender Logan Puleri said.

  • Spikers Seek Improvement, Playoff Success

    Newtown High School’s girls’ volleyball team enters into the new campaign with expectations for runs in postseason tournaments once again this year. The perennial South-West Conference title contenders, after winning consecutive championships, fell in a tough-to-swallow semifinal clash with Weston a year ago. This season the Nighthawks hope to get back to the pinnacle SWC match for a chance to reclaim their spot at the top, but winning it isn’t a win or bust season in the eyes of the coach.

  • New Coach Leads New-Look Field Hockey Squad

    Newtown High School’s field hockey team has a new look almost entirely across the board. Stephanie Paproski takes over head coaching duties, and the first-year leader inherits a significantly inexperienced roster since 16 players graduated last year.

    “It’s a very exciting time. I’m looking forward to it. A great group of girls this year — a lot of talent,” said Paproski, a former Nighthawk field hockey player herself. She graduated from NHS in 2008 and went on to play at Castleton State College of Vermont.

  • Swim Team’s Lineup Bolstered By Depth Among Divers

    Some teams have that wildcard — the clutch player off the bench, the last-second play they pull out of proverbial hat, for example — that can lead to overcoming rivals in close contests.

    For Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team, the divers are that potential wildcard this fall.

  • Hawks Strive For Top-Three In SWC

    Newtown High School’s girls’ cross country team is loaded with a wealth of returning talent and has the work ethic, team members believe, to lead to a successful run this campaign.

    The team was sixth in the South-West Conference and 12th in the Class LL state championships last fall. Only a pair of runners from the top seven, standouts Reagan Cerney and Talia Fappiano, graduated.