With eight finalists – including a trio of weight division champions – Newtown High School’s wrestling team certainly had a lot to be proud of at the South-West Conference championships at Pomperaug High on February 16. The Nighthawks, however, settled for a close runner-up finish to perennial powerhouse New Milford which retained its stranglehold on the SWC crown. New Milford scored 232 points with six champions, and a pair of second-place finishers, along with a third a pair of fourths. The Hawks, meanwhile, scored 223 as they came in with five second-place outcomes as well as four third-place finishes.
The Newtown and Joel Barlow high school hockey teams will attempt to play their first annual Warrior Cup game on Friday, February 28. The game is slated to be played at Danbury Ice Arena at 7:50 pm. It was originally to have been played on February 5 and again on February 13, but snow postponed it both times. The teams are joining forces to raise funds to support the Wounded Warrior Project. Donations will be accepted at the game and online using this link: https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/individual-fundraising/Newtown. The teams are striving to raise $10,000.
Snowfalls that blanketed the area February 13 into Valentine’s Day postponed sporting events both days, and an anticipated subsequent storm made a change to one athletic event (the indoor track and field State Open) and threatened others slated for Saturday, February 15.
Newtown High School’s gymnastics team had three competitions this past week, and came out on top in two of them. Newtown capped off the busy stretch of meets with a visit to Daniel Hand of Madison on February 11.
Throughout the years, Chris Bray coached up-and-coming wrestlers in the Newtown Youth Wrestling Association’s (NYWA) middle school and elementary programs. He taught young grapplers and prepared them to become strong high school competitors for nearly a decade. As it turned out, he was shaping many of them to become his team members once again, down the road.
The Nighthawks seem to have opponents right where they want them when trailing. Newtown High School’s boys’ basketball team has made a habit of erasing large deficits to scratch out close victories this season, the latest a 49-45 win over visiting Stratford on February 11. Newtown trailed by six points at halftime and but eked out the win to improve to 10-6 overall and 8-2 in South-West Conference play. Only a few days earlier, in a February 7 contest between two of the top teams in the SWC, the Nighthawks had host Weston right where they wanted the Trojans. In a game of runs and huge momentum swings, Newtown trailed by seven points late in the fourth quarter. The Nighthawks chipped away, but ultimately came up short in a 52-50 Weston win. Both teams came into the contest with identical conference records, and Weston walked away with an 8-1 mark (11-3 overall).
The Newtown Soccer Club is hosting tryouts for a boys U9/U10 travel team to compete this spring season. The tryouts will be held during the week of March 10. The newly-formed team will compete in the Southwest District and be eligible for the Newtown Memorial Day Tournament.
The Newtown High School girls’ basketball team ensured that it will continue its season once the regular campaign is complete by clinching a Class LL state playoff berth. The Nighthawks did so by earning their eighth win of the season in a 41-20 triumph over visiting Weston on February 6. Newtown held a 16-2 lead after one quarter of play, and went ahead 28-6 at halftime before cruising past its winless foes. Cassie Ekstrom had a dozen points as nine Nighthawks registered at least one point. Haley Ryan who, along with Ekstrom, sank a pair of 3-pointers, added six points. Eliza Eggleston had five, and Mali Klorczyk, Caroline Chocholak, and Mary Joe Rossi all scored four. Micaela Nowacki had three points, Kelly Merrick scored two, and Lauren Wilcox added one.