Newtown High School’s boys’ and girls’ cross country teams both defeated host Joel Barlow of Redding and Kolbe Cathedral of Bridgeport in races on September 30. The boys beat Barlow 21-40 and topped Kolbe 15-50. Kyle Mangold outkicked Barlow’s Ben Ruffing for his first career individual win as the Nighthawks improved to 7-3 this fall.
Newtown High School’s football team, for the third consecutive week to begin the season, put up nearly 50 points en route to an easy triumph. The Nighthawks, in their September 26 home opener, toppled Pomperaug of Southbury, 49-3 before a packed house at Blue & Gold Stadium. After scoring 47 points in each of their first two contests, the Hawks had 35 by halftime – 29 of which came in the second quarter – in their third (no) contest. Leading the Panthers just 6-0 after one quarter of play – on Jared Pearson’s two-yard scoring run – the Hawks seized complete control of the game in the second.
Newtown High School’s field hockey team is in the midst of a three-game winning streak. The Nighthawks, after beating Brookfield on September 16, won their second straight game on September 18, holding off visiting Immaculate of Danbury for a 2-1 victory at Treadwell Park. The Hawks traveled to Watertown for a nonconference battle on September 23, and made it three in a row with a 1-0 blanking of the hosts. Newtown improved to 4-2 overall. Against Immaculate, goaltender Casey Demers made ten saves and Caroline Tanner and Emily Campbell scored to help the Nighthawks hold on for victory.
What has been a summer of competitive races, tough breaks, and close-but-no-cigar finishes is coming to a close and, with one week to go, Steve Kopcik and Mike Gervais recorded their best memories of the campaign at Stafford Motor Speedway. Kopcik, of Newtown, won his first SK Light division race, and Gervais, who is sponsored by Newtown’s Gervais Brothers Roofing, captured first place in the SK division — both in their Friday Night Feature Shoot-Out races on September 19.
Newtown High School’s cross country teams visited Weston to take on the host Trojans, as well as New Fairfield, on September 23. The girls’ squad defeated Weston 17-41 and fell to New Fairfield 32-24. The girls’ record is 6-2. The boys had a pair of close outcomes as they defeated New Fairfield 26-31 and lost 29-28 to Weston, and are now 5-3.
Newtown High School’s girls’ volleyball team earned a 3-0 (25-17, 25-12, 25-19) victory over visiting Bethel on September 19, then hosted and defeated New Milford 3-1 (19-.25, 25-11, 25-14, 25-16) on September 22, before blanking host Kolbe Cathedral of Bridgeport 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-17) on September 24. With the wins, the Nighthawks improved to 5-2 overall. Against Bethel, Alexa Reilly had five service aces; Kyle Dandrea compiled eight aces, 11 kills, and four digs; Molly McCoy had four aces; and Clara Whaley had four kills and three digs in the win. In the New Milford match, Dandrea compiled 15 kills and five digs; Whaley had 14 kills and four digs; and Jamie Calandro had seven aces, six kills, and ten digs.
On Saturday, September 27, Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ soccer teams will host Weston at Blue & Gold Stadium — the girls at 5 pm and the boys at 7 pm. The Newtown program will celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the school’s 2004 state champions at halftime of the boys’ game.
The Newtown High School girls’ soccer team followed up its first win of the season with a resounding 5-0 victory over Brookfield High School Bobcats at Blue & Gold Stadium on Saturday night, September 20. The Nighthawks had started the season with a rough patch, tying their first two games and losing their third. However, the team seemed to find their rhythm at the end of last week getting the first win in a 2-0 victory over the host New Fairfield Rebels on September 18 and following it up with a convincing performance against Brookfield. Coach Marc Kenney said he made some adjustments tactically which helped to turn the struggles around. However he said the biggest key was the team’s play.
Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team earned a thrilling 97-89 win over visiting Weston, the defending Class S state and South-West Conference champions, on September 19. The victory gave the Nighthawks a 4-0 start to the campaign. The meet was tight throughout and the Nighthawks didn’t seize their first lead until winning the 100 yard backstroke race, the meet’s tenth event, for an 80-76 lead. Meg McDonald led the way in the backstroke event, finishing in a time of 1:03.37. Teammate Emily Payne was second in the backstroke with a time of 1:06.06.
Winning hasn’t been too much of a special occurrence for Newtown High School’s football team in recent years. The two-time South-West Conference champions, accustomed to being victorious each week, however, got a special win of sorts on September 19. Newtown’s special teams athletes played a key role in a 47-0 win at Bunnell High. In fact, six of the team’s seven touchdowns were either scored by special teams players, or set up by Newtown’s kicking team. The Nighthawks improved to 2-0 and scored 47 points for the second time in a row, coming off a 47-18 win at New Milford in week one.