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  • Sandy Hook Mom’s Half-Marathon Run In NYC An "Overwhelming Experience"

    Catherine Galda recently competed in her first road race since late last year, when an injury sidelined the self-proclaimed weekend enthusiast. Mrs Galda ran the 2013 NYC Half Marathon to see how well her training has been going as well as to continue a personal fundraising effort for The Rotary Club of Newtown’s Sandy Hook School Fund. 

  • Gibbons Records 100th Hit As Softball Team Wins Third Straight

    Jess Gibbons had quite a milestone accomplishment on April 10. Gibbons joined Kate Bowen in the 100 hits category.

    She collected her sixth base hit of the season, and 100th of her career, and later added another hit in the Newtown High School softball team’s 10-3 win over visiting Pomperaug of Southbury.

  • Young Nighthawk Laxmen Battle Through Early-Season Growing Pains, Topple Weston

    Newtown High School’s boys’ lacrosse team has certainly had some bright spots in the early stages of the campaign: A season-opening 13-3 triumph over Pomperaug of Southbury, overcoming a four-goal deficit to nearly shock the New Fairfield Rebels, and a victory at Weston lead the list heading into this week.

    The Nighthawks ended a tough stretch of three consecutive setbacks with an 8-2 win over Weston on April 16, as they handed the Trojans their first loss after a 4-0 start, and improved to 2-3 to begin the campaign.

  • Run Newtown 5K At Ohio’s Miami University To Support NICE

    Newtown High School 2010 graduate Samantha Kent knew the weekend after the events of 12/14 that she wanted to create a community run on her current campus, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, that would help support Newtown students’ futures.

    “I was looking for these kids to grow up into a legacy rather than a tragedy,” Kent said this week.

    Miami University, she said, has always seemed to her as an extension of Newtown. Both places have a sense of home, she added.

  • Golfers Get Boost From Newcomers

    Forget the match schedule; Newtown High School’s boys’ golf team has significant competition every day it has practice at its home course, Rock Ridge Country Club. The Nighthawks’ roster, already loaded with strong returnees, is bolstered by several emerging newcomers who are playing their way into the starting lineup.

    Three matches into the season, Coach Bill Flood had three different starting fives as he shuffles the top handful of golfers based on match and practice performances.

  • Boys’ Tennis Team Won’t Overlook Anybody

    “I think it’s one of the best teams I’ve every coached,” 12th-year Coach Marty Margulies said of his Newtown High School boys’ tennis team.

    Even so, the Nighthawks, with almost all of last year’s South-West Conference runner-up squad back in place, will not look past any opponent as they try to get back to the conference’s pinnacle match.

    Newtown lost only a couple of players to graduation and retains almost every starter/regular from a year ago.

  • Allegretto Fills In With Softball Team

    Newtown High School’s softball team begins the season with a new leader. Coach Tara Allegretto is filling in for Bob Guererra, out with a short-term medical issue, this spring. Allegretto, who is a coach in the NHS volleyball program, was an assistant with the softball team two seasons ago.

    Allegretto’s biggest objective is for the players to make improvements as the season unfolds.

  • Girls’ Lacrosse Squad Goes For Yet Another Title

    Year in and year out, the Newtown High School girls’ lacrosse team has been the squad to beat in the South-West Conference. The Nighthawks captured their eighth straight SWC championship last spring, ensuring that they are the group everybody will strive to take down again this spring.

    Although many SWC teams have been getting better in recent years, Newtown Coach Maura Fletcher notes, it doesn’t stand to be the least bit easy for anybody to take bragging rights from the Nighthawks.

  • Laxmen Look To Build Off Last Year’s Success

    Returning members of Newtown High School’s boys’ lacrosse team are hungry for a championship (or two) after reaching the semifinal round of both the South-West Conference and Class L state playoffs a year ago.

    That’s the good, encouraging news. The challenge — in addition to other formidable teams standing in the way — is that Newtown lost a large contingent of key players to graduation.

  • Sluggers Have New Look, Same Championship Goals

    Gone from last year’s South-West Conference champion squad are eight team members who graduated. Still in place, however, is the goal to succeed. Newtown High School’s baseball team is striving to repeat as SWC champs and, in fact, go deeper in the state tournament this time around.