The Harlem Wizards are coming back to Newtown for a comedy basketball game on Sunday, February 22. The game will be played at Newtown High School beginning at 3 pm. The Wizards will take on a team of Newtown teachers and school staff as they have done in the past.
Snow is at it again – this time postponing the Newtown High School wrestling team’s Senior Night clash with New Fairfield. The meet, originally scheduled for Monday, February 9, has been postponed until Wednesday, February 11. Start time of 7 pm remains the same. The Nighthawk grapplers are coming off a win over Notre Dame-Fairfield on February 4. They’re gearing up for the South-West Conference championships, set to take place at Stratford’s Bunnell High School on February 14. Here’s a recap of recent action from the mats, courts, track, ice, and pool – and a look at upcoming games (weather permitting of course): Newtown High’s wrestling team scored a 66-12 victory over visiting Notre Dame-Fairfield in their most recent competition. The boys’ swimming and diving team is scheduled to visit defending state champion Brookfield, at The Dive Shop, at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, February 10. The girls’ cagers, coming off a 43-32 victory at Kolbe Cathedral of Bridgeport on February 6, will be home to take on New Fairfield on Tuesday, February 10 – tipoff is set for 7 pm.
Newtown High School’s cheerleading squad made it two straight South-West Conference championships, prevailing among 13 rival schools with a score of 184.2 at Weston High on February 7. Second-place Masuk scored 163 points and third-place New Fairfield had 144. “The girls performed beautifully. Before we took the mat, we asked each of them to stay calm and do their job. They have worked incredibly hard since August getting stronger and perfecting skills,” Coach Susan Bridges said.
The South-West Conference indoor track and field championships took place at the Floyd Little Athletic Center on February 7, bringing together the best runners, throwers, and jumpers from Newtown and rival teams. Newtown’s girls’ squad, led by Micaela Nowacki’s first-place finish in the shot-put event, placed fourth as a team with 38 points. Weston won the girls’ competition with 125 points, Pomperaug of Southbury was second with 63, and Masuk of Monroe was third with 49. Ten schools with girls’ lineups scored points in the championships. The NHS boys, who got a runner-up high jump performance from Cole Terry, came in seventh among 13 teams. Newtown had 27 points.
Members of the Newtown High School Blue Blaze basketball team, part of the state’s Unified Sports program which provides competitive sports opportunities for special needs students, displayed their teamwork, skills, and athleticism in a game against the visiting Bunnell of Stratford Bulldogs on January 29. The athletes brought out their competitive edge for a fun-filled and action packed 40-minute game.
Assisted by partners, some of whom are traditional high school athletes, the Unified Sports participants dribble, pass, shoot, and score during basketball practices and games throughout the winter. The partners can rebound, pass, and give pointers to their peers, but it is up to the athletes to score the baskets. During games, there are three athletes and two partners on the floor at all times.
Newtown High School’s boys’ swimming and diving team fell 96-88 to visiting and unbeaten Weston, last year’s Class S state champion, on February 3. The Nighthawks, who earned a 95-82 victory over host New Fairfield in their previous meet, on January 30, stand at 5-2 overall. The Hawks have two meets remaining before the postseason – a February 10 visit to defending Class M winner Brookfield and a February 18 home meet against Joel Barlow of Redding. Against Weston, the Nighthawks jumped out to an early lead as the 200 yard medley relay team of Tommy Horan, Seth Barrett, Matt Argraves, and Owen Gray finished first in a time of 1:49.34.
Newtown High School’s dance team came into the school year with a motto “New Team, Same Dream” as it embarked on another potential championship season. This “new team” experienced part of its dream, successfully defending its South-West Conference championship jazz category title, scoring 272 out of 300 possible points, at New Milford High School on January 31.
The Newtown Torpedoes youth swim program, sponsored by Newtown Parks & Recreation, held its second annual Swim-A-Thon at Newtown High School on January 31. Dozens of swimmers in three age groups – 8 and unders, 9-10-year-olds, and 11 and overs – combined to complete consecutive laps during the four-hour event at the Newtown High School pool. Swimmers are raising money through donations and pledges for the Newtown Scholarship Association to support The Daniel Barden Newtown Torpedo Scholarship, as well as go toward present and future needs of the team. Student volunteers helped set up the lanes and track laps completed by the Torpedoes swimmers while cheering them on. Among those on hand to donate their time were Newtown High swimmers who came up through the Torpedoes program. “It’s a good program and we wanted to help out because we started with the Torpedoes,” said Newtown High senior Eliza Eggleston.
After seeing their seven-game winning streak stopped by host Bunnell of Stratford on January 29, Newtown High School’s boys’ basketball team didn’t wait long to begin what they hope is another long stretch of victories. The Nighthawks, one night later, got past host New Milford 60-55 to improve to 9-3 overall (4-1 in South-West Conference play). The Green Wave fell to 7-6 (4-2). The Nighthawks had three players in double figures. Will Dalton had 15 points, three rebounds, three assists, two steals, and a blocked shot; Harry Depuy scored 12, pulled down four rebounds, contributed two assists, and came up with a steal; and Jacob Burden dropped in ten points, had five rebounds, three assists, and a steal.
Winning close, down-to-the-wire nail-biters has become customary for Newtown High School’s girls’ basketball team. The latest installment of the late-game magic came in the form of a 40-37 win over visiting New Milford on January 30. The Nighthawks made this one particularly memorable, after things appeared to be on their way to forgettable. The Hawks fell behind 14-0 before chipping away, taking their first lead in the third quarter, and finally escaping to remain perfect in the South-West Conference at 8-0. Newtown improved to 12-3 overall, and half of the team’s wins have come by seven points or fewer. The Nighthawks now have a trio of three-point victories thanks, in part, to a third quarter buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Sarah Lynch and a decisive fourth-quarter shot from downtown by Mali Klorczyk. With the score deadlocked at 27, Newtown’s defense forced a turnover near midcourt with only 1.9 seconds remaining in the third. Lynch took an inbound pass and sank a running 3-pointer.