Newtown athletes, including some who have taken their skills to the collegiate level, have been recognized for accomplishments on the playing fields, courses, and courts. Former Newtown High School standout football player Max Nacewicz, a senior at Springfield College, has been selected as the Liberty League Defensive Player of the Year. Will Arndt set records for Western Connecticut State University; Grandon Smith earned All Conference accolades; Emma Herring earned All-Tournament honors; and Jamie Calandro competed in an All-Star game.
Runners and walkers got Thanksgiving off to an early start as they participated in the 6th Annual Newtown Turkey Trot 5K road race and fun walk to support the Cyrenius H Booth Library, on November 26. Newtown’s Zach Schwartz was the first to complete the course, which started at Hawley Elementary School – at 7:45 am and in high 30-degree temperatures – and ended at Newtown Middle School. Schwartz, who was third last year and won the race in 2013, finished in a time of 15:47.
Newtown High School’s football team – Ben Mason specifically – feasted on host Masuk of Monroe for a 40-8 triumph in the annual Thanksgiving Eve battle, on November 25. Mason scored five of the visiting team’s six touchdowns. With the win, the Nighthawks improved to 9-1 and it appears have earned a Class LL state playoff quarterfinal round home game (seedings will be announced on Friday, November 27). Masuk finishes the season with a mark of 6-4.
Newtown’s Unified Sports soccer players practiced and competed in games throughout the fall season. The special needs athletes will bring their skills and enjoyment indoors for basketball season next. “It’s such an opportunity for these children to have a team, be on a team — and be cheered on,” said Jane McGrath, a volunteer with Newtown’s Unified Sports program, while at the Bunnell Unified Sports Soccer Tournament in Stratford, this fall.
A trio of Newtown High School athletes recently signed their National Letters of Intent to play sports at the collegiate level, and one committed to bringing her game to the next level as well, this past week.
Newtown Underwater Search And Rescue’s (NUSAR) annual comedy basketball fundraiser with the Harlem Superstars took place at Newtown High School on November 21. The Harlem team entertained the crowd with dazzling dunks and trick shots, led by 7-foot center Kevin “Tiny” Briggs and a group of talented athletes.
A pair of Newtown Thanksgiving traditions continue with the annual Newtown-Masuk high school football game on Turkey Day Eve, and the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving. This year, the football game will be played at Masuk High, 1014 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe. Kickoff on Wednesday, November 25, is set for 7 pm. Start your Thanksgiving morning early with the 6th Annual Newtown Turkey Trot 5K road race and fun walk to support the Cyrenius H Booth Library. The race will be held on Thursday, November 26, beginning at 7:45 am.
Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team placed 18th in the State Open, which culminated with swimming events at Yale University, on November 21. The Nighthawks scored 89 points as a team. Greenwich, with 581, was first. The 200 yard medley relay team of Megan Olszewski, Emma Brantl, Casey Klein, and Mary Hufziger placed 21st in 1:57.30, for eight points.
Newtown High School diver Kari Djonne was runner-up in the State Open diving championship, at Middletown High, on November 19. Djonne had a score of 488.20; Westhill/Stamford’s Rachel Burtson was first with a score of 534.75. Burston and Djonne also finished one-two in the Class LL state championships. Newtown’s Gillian Eckwall was ninth in the State Open with a score of 393.80. There were two dozen divers representing the top performers from schools representing each of the state’s four class sizes.