• Swimming And Diving Team Showing Early-Season Progress

    So far, so good for Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team, which has somewhat of a new look after losing nine graduates, including four team record holders, to graduation a year ago. This year’s version of the Nighthawks is making strides toward some success of its own in the not too distant future. The Nighthawks, after defeating visiting New Milford 96-79 on September 29, stand at 2-1; the loss came to perennial state and South-West Conference powerhouse Weston.

  • Nighthawk Soccer And Field Hockey Teams Have Successful Night Against Panthers

    Newtown High School’s field hockey and girls’ and boys’ soccer teams combined to go 2-0-1 against their rivals from Masuk of Monroe, on October 1. The boys’ booters began things with a 2-0 victory, and the field hockey squad followed up with a 3-0 blanking of the Panthers under a light but steady rain. Both of those triumphs were on the road. Shortly after the field hockey girls wrapped up their victory, Newtown’s girls’ soccer team came from behind for an exciting 2-2 tie with the visiting Panthers at soggy Blue & Gold Stadium.

  • Field Hockey Squad Continues Earning Points

    Newtown High School’s field hockey team played visiting Weston to a 2-2 draw at Blue & Gold Stadium, on September 29. The tie marked Newtown’s first non-win since a season-opening defeat to Bethel, but kept the Nighthawks unbeaten in four straight contests. The Nighthawks carried a 3-1-1 record into a scheduled visit to Masuk of Monroe, on Thursday, October 1 (original game time of 7 pm changed to 5:45 pm). The Hawks blanked visiting New Milford, always one of the best teams in the South-West Conference, 1-0, on September 25. Newtown used a one-two punch of sorts, as Shannon Lynch, who wears uniform No. 1, assisted Lauren Zimmerman, who wears No. 2, for the lone goal. Newtown goaltender Nathalie Shaker made four saves in the win, Newtown’s third consecutive shutout.

  • Cross Country Teams Win Winding Trails Invitational

    Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ varsity cross country teams both claimed first place at the Winding Trails Invitational, in Farmington, on September 26. The Newtown girls had the top three finishers as Sarah Mawdsley won the race in a time of 19:14.0; Erin Tressler was runner-up in 19:24.5; and Olivia Hage was third in 19:28.8. Brenden Reeds led the boys’ squad and finished fourth overall in a time of 17:09.3, and Joel Duval came in fifth in 17:09.8.

  • Boys’ Booters Focus On Positives After Battling Back For Tie

    It’s often said that there are good ties and bad ties in sports. For Newtown High School’s boys’ soccer team, the 1-1 deadlock with visiting Pomperaug of Southbury, at Treadwell Park on September 29, was perhaps a little of both. The Nighthawks fell behind 1-0 before halftime before turning on the pressure and piling up scoring chances — especially late in the contest. Finally, with about 15 minutes remaining, the Nighthawks broke through.

  • Nighthawk Girls’ Volleyball Team Gets On A Roll

    Newtown High School’s girls’ volleyball team won its fourth consecutive match, each coming in the minimum three games, in a September 28 visit to Masuk of Monroe. The Nighthawks won 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-20) to improve to 4-2 overall. In game two, with a chance to even things, Masuk jumped out to a 4-1 lead, but the Nighthawks battled back and went ahead by as many as eight points. Molly McCoy had a kill and Jamie Calandro’s service ace helped the Nighthawks pull away. The host Panthers pulled to within four at 21-17, but the Nighthawks didn’t let their opponents get any closer and McCoy closed out the game with a kill.

  • Football Team Beats Brookfield

    Newtown High School’s football team overcame a shaky start and a tough Brookfield squad to pull away in the third quarter and roll to a 42-14 road win, on September 25. The Nighthawks didn’t manage a first down until the final five minutes of the opening half but, once the Hawks started moving the chains, the first downs – and touchdowns – kept coming. The Nighthawks, after surrendering the first score of the game, reeled off six consecutive touchdowns as the defense thwarted Brookfield’s attack and the offense became unstoppable. Newtown found the end zone three times in the third quarter to pull away after leading 14-7 at halftime.

  • Field Hockey Team Clicks In Second Half To Pull Away Against Watertown

    Despite compiling ten penalty corners and 11 shots toward the cage in the opening half, while holding visiting nonconference foe Watertown without any corners, or chances for that matter, Newtown High School’s field hockey team was locked up in a scoreless tie in a September 21 game at Treadwell Park. Maybe the halftime break and a little pep talk was all the Nighthawks needed to flip the switch from near miss to can’t miss. They scored on their first chance of the second half, and again off their first penalty corner after the intermission, and pulled away for a 4-0 triumph.

  • Boys’ Booters Bounce Back With Trio Of Wins

    Newtown High School’s boys’ soccer team shook off a rough opener to put together a hard-fought winning streak — three straight one-goal victories — heading into a Thursday, September 24 visit to New Milford, beginning at 6 pm. After a 3-1 loss at New Fairfield on September 11, the Nighthawks pulled out a 3-2 victory over Brookfield on September 15, a 2-1 edging of host Bunnell of Stratford on September 17, and a 1-0 blanking of visiting Weston, at Blue & Gold Stadium, on September 21.

  • Late Dramatics — Girls’ Soccer Team Finds Winning Touch And Remains Unbeaten

    For most soccer teams, protecting a slim lead for less than ten minutes might not seem like all that much time. But when Newtown’s Sarah Houle banged home a shot off the goal post with about eight minutes to play, the time between the goal and the final whistle probably seemed like an eternity for the Nighthawks. Newtown preserved a 1-0 win over Bunnell of Stratford, at Treadwell Park, on September 17. It marked the third time in as many games to start the season that the Hawks struck late to break a tie to score a victory; the first two came in the final half minute and two-plus minutes of regulation, respectively, making Houle’s second game-decider of the fall seem far less dramatic than her first winner — when she lifted Newtown to a 3-2 win over New Fairfield with only seconds remaining — as well as Alana Murray’s late-game clincher in a 3-2 win over Brookfield in game two.