TThe teenagers and preteens who swung bats and fielded groundballs on the turf at NYA Sports & Fitness Center earlier this month were carefree, and feeling good. Men over the age of 40 — although maybe not as limber and free-spirited on the whole — may have about the same level of overall comfort in their health as these young athletes. But they are at risk of dealing with something that can become deadly if not spotted early and treated properly: prostate cancer.
Since being displaced from their practice site — Sandy Hook Elementary School — in the wake of last December’s tragedy, Newtown Youth Wrestling Association (NYWA) members bounced around to wherever space has been available. That included locations out of town — in Bethel, Danbury, and in a Brookfield warehouse.
The local vintage nine closed out its ninth regular season on a recent Saturday as the Newtown Sandy Hooks vintage base ball team swept a doubleheader from the 1884 Providence Grays on a spectacular day at Fort Adams in Newport, RI. The annual event in America’s First Resort is a highlight of Newtown’s season and all hands greet the day with vigor and expectation.
Newtown High School’s girls’ volleyball team coasted to a 3-0 (25-12, 25-8, 25-21) win over visiting Notre Dame-Fairfield on September 23, improving to 4-2 overall.
Newtown Coach Tom Czaplinski has been able to get everybody plenty of playing time throughout the season. In fact, not only did all ten varsity team members get into the match against now 1-6 Notre Dame, but junior varsity call-up Jamie Calandro also earned some varsity time.
Newtown High School’s football team overcame some turnovers, costly penalties, and overall inexperience to hold off a veteran-led Bethel squad for a 22-14 victory under the lights at Blue & Gold Stadium on September 20. The Nighthawks (2-0) made their home opener a victorious one despite being held scoreless in the second half for the second week to begin the season.
Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ cross country teams both came away with a trio of wins in home races on September 17. Newtown’s runners came out on top against Bethel, Masuk of Monroe, and Notre Dame-Fairfield in a 5K race on the trails adjacent to Reed School.
Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team began the season with a 96-85 win over visiting Joel Barlow of Redding on September 12, then came up a little short in a 96-88 setback to Brookfield, in another home meet, on September 17.
FAIRFIELD — Newtown High School’s girls’ soccer team has taken care of business in the early going of the campaign, and now braces for some potentially tougher competition. The Nighthawks blanked the host Notre Dame-Fairfield Lancers 3-0 on September 16 to improve to 3-0 heading into a September 19 clash with always-tough Masuk of Monroe.
Newtown High School’s girls’ volleyball team sandwiched a loss to rival Joel Barlow of Redding with a pair of wins over Lauralton Hall of Milford this past week to begin the season with a 2-2 overall record.
On September 12, the Nighthawks topped host Lauralton 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-19). Kyle Dandrea had seven kills, seven digs, and three service aces; Mylis Post compiled six kills and added three aces; Kayla O’Grady had five kills and three aces; Cassie Ekstrom tallied 10 digs; Tonya Tucker recorded five digs; and Meghan Logan piled up 20 assists.
The Newtown Youth Wrestling Association (NYWA) invites those interested in learning about wrestling to come to an open house from 6-8 pm in the Alexandria Room of Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street, on September 25. NWYA concluded last season as co-champions of the Western Connecticut Wrestling League. There were also several individual, state, and regional championship titles earned.