Newtown High School’s wrestling team went into the Danbury High School gymnasium ranked No. 1 in the Norwich Bulletin state coaches poll — already having beaten the Hatters in the Danbury Holiday Tournament back in December — but came up short, 30-25, in a head-to-head competition with the second-ranked Hatters, on January 28. Newtown won five of 14 matches as Luca Crudo came out on top in the 113 pound division matchup, Joe Accousti won at 152, Connor LeMay prevailed at 160, Anthony Falbo won at 170, and Logan Walsh was victorious at 182.
Just a couple of days after snow postponed several Newtown sporting events, Mother Nature is at it again. The anticipated Monday through Tuesday blizzard caused several Newtown High School sporting events, originally slated for Tuesday, January 27, to be rescheduled a day in advance.
Newtown High School’s cheerleading team won the 20th Annual Wolcott Cheer Classic on January 25. The Nighthawks competed against nine other varsity teams and scored 90.5 out of 100 points to claim top honors. Newtown also received the Showmanship Award.
Newtown Parks & Recreation is offering an indoor tennis program through Fairfield County Tennis at NYA Sports & Fitness Center, which hosts indoor regulation tennis courts. The next season begins February 3 and there are sessions for beginners, advanced beginners, low intermediate and intermediate players of all ages.
On Saturday, January 31, the Torpedoes will hold their second annual Swim-A-Thon. Last year approximately 85 members of the Newtown Parks and Recreation swim team participated in the inaugural event. Together team members swam for a total of four hours, completing more than 11,300 lengths of the Newtown High School pool. By collecting donations and pledges, they raised more than $27,000.
In a battle of nine-win South-West Conference girls’ basketball rivals, host Newtown High School overcame an 11-point deficit to defeat Immaculate of Danbury 38-35 on January 23. The Nighthawks improved to 10-3 overall, and the Mustangs fell to 9-3. The Nighthawks trailed 19-8 late in the second quarter, scored the final basket of the half, then the first four points of the third quarter to pull to within 19-14. The Hawks held Immaculate scoreless for nearly six minutes to begin the second half. Down 25-16, Newtown ran off eight straight points.
A swimming and diving team’s success cannot be measured exclusively by wins and losses, or how close a meet is for that matter. Individual event times (and scores in the case of diving) have to be taken into consideration and, with that said, things are looking good for Newtown High School’s squad following a 98-82 win over visiting Bethel on January 20. “We’ve been training really hard the past couple of weeks. We had a lot of best times,” Newtown Coach Zach Gauvin said. “It’s definitely a step in the right direction today for a lot of kids.”
Newtown High School’s wrestling team defeated host New Milford 42-18 on January 21. This was a battle of the top two teams in last year’s South-West Conference championships, won by the Green Wave in a nail-biter. In this matchup, the Nighthawks made sure there was little suspense, winning ten of 14 matches, although it wasn’t so easy.
Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ indoor track and field teams competed in the Yale Classic Invitational in New Haven on January 16 and 17, and participated in the South-West Conference Developmental meet at Wesleyan University in Middletown on January 19. At the Yale Invitational, the girls’ team’s 4x800 relay team of Erin Tressler, Emma Bayuk, Camryn Cicarelli, and Jess Keller, set a school record by completing the race in a time of 10:07.53.