Newtown High School’s softball team took advantage of ten walks to make the most of only four hits in defeating host Joel Barlow of Redding 8-3 on April 23. The Nighthawks then dropped both ends of a double header against Pomperaug of Southbury at Treadwell Park on April 28. Newtown carried a 4-5 overall record into the middle of the week.
Newtown High School’s boys’ golf team continued its unbeaten season with wins over host Notre Dame-Fairfield on April 24 and visiting New Milford on April 28. The Nighthawks improved to 8-0 overall. Against Notre Dame, at Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course, Newtown shot a 154 to the Lancers shot a 177. Vivek Tedla and Graham Hubbert both shot a 38, Brian LeBlanc and Colin Patrick each shot a 39, and Josh Houle shot a 41. In the win over New Milford, at Rock Ridge Country Club, Newtown shot a 156 and the Green Wave had a 175.
Newtown High School’s baseball team won four of its last five games heading into the month of May to climb into the state playoff picture. Newtown, after an 0-5 start to the campaign, quickly got half the wins it needs to extend the season into the state bracket. The Nighthawks, thanks to this possible season turning point, need just four victories in their last ten contests to qualify. The Hawks split an April 28 doubleheader with Pomperaug of Southbury, at Fairfield Hills, losing the opener 5-1 and pulling out an eight-inning 8-6 victory in the nightcap to improve to 4-6 overall.
During the preseason, Coach Bill Flood already had his sights on the April 30 visit to Heritage Village Country Club and a clash with South-West Conference rival Pomperaug of Southbury. As that date fast approaches, both Flood’s Newtown High School boys’ golf team (6-0 heading into Thursday’s meet with Notre Dame-Fairfield) and defending regular season conference champion Pomperaug (2-0 in the early going) continue to look like the best teams in the conference, Flood said.
After a 12-7 setback to nonconference foe Conard at Blue & Gold Stadium on April 19, Coach Glenn Adams’ viewpoint was that if his Newtown High School’s boys’ lacrosse team’s first loss was just a “bump in the road,” and his team rebounded, there was nothing to worry about. Fast forward a couple of days to the team’s return to South-West Conference play and a visit to Pomperaug of Southbury. Newtown didn’t allow that bump to turn into a bouncy ride, and won 12-3.
Locked up in a tight battle at Blue & Gold Stadium on April 17, Newtown High School’s girls’ lacrosse team pulled away in the second half for a 15-9 triumph over Weston. Newtown led just 8-7 after Weston logged two of the first three second-half goals before the Nighthawks went on a 7-2 run in the final 20 minutes of action.
Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ tennis teams both earned 6-1 wins over New Milford — the girls at home and the boys on the road — on April 16. They each picked up victories over Immaculate of Danbury on April 21. The boys won 6-1 at home and the girls were 5-2 victors in the Hat City. The girls were 3-2 and the boys were 3-1 going into the final week of action in April.
Newtown High School’s baseball team, in its sixth game of the spring, picked up its first win — toppling host Oxford 15-9 on April 21. The teams combined for 30 hits (15 apiece) and eight errors in a wild contest that featured eight opening-inning runs. Newtown carried a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the first, but trailed 5-3 heading into the second inning. Oxford led 7-4 going to the fourth, but Newtown put up six runs to turn a three-run deficit into a three-run advantage, and never looked back.
Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ track and field teams got the spring season underway with meets earlier this week. The girls defeated three opponents in their season opener, at Blue & Gold Stadium on April 21. The boys visited Pomperaug of Southbury on April 22 and picked up a pair of wins against three opponents.