John Hofman and Mark Roozen, tactical strength and conditioning coaches, traveled from California to instruct a three-session, two-day workshop — a Tactical Performance Training clinic — at Newtown Youth Academy on Saturday, June 21. The goal of the clinic was to have first responders gain a better understanding of the different exercise needs, health and fitness strategies while performing their duties and able to cope with the stress of their profession and day to day hazards.
It isn’t too hard to pinpoint standout performers on the playing fields. Recognizing athletes who go above and beyond making plays and achieving success in their competitions is another story. Newtown High School has plenty of these team members who are leaders on and off the fields. Among them are Cassie Ekstrom and Matt Mossbarger, who recently completed their senior years. Because of their athletic abilities and dedication to school sports throughout all three seasons, as well as their leadership prowess, Ekstrom and Mossbarger are The Bee’s Newtown High School Athletes of the Year.
Newtown High School enjoyed another school year filled with success — including championships — in each sports season. The high school graduated 11 athletes who will be playing a sport in college at the Division I level, as well as a handful of others playing at the Division II and III levels. The Nighthawks, collectively, also brought home five South-West Conference championships, as well as three state championships.
The Lady Hawks Basketball League is open to girls ages 9-15. It will run from July 1 through August 13. Cost is $100. Bantam, Intermediate, and Junior girls are all eligible to participate. The teams play on Tuesday and Wednesday nights at Dickinson Park’s basketball court.
The Newtown Lions Club and Western Connecticut State University’s Sigma Chi Alumni Association will co-host the second annual Fore Sandy Hook Golf Classic on Monday, June 30, at Richter Park in Danbury. Registration and lunch will begin at noon; tee time is 1:30 pm. The golf tournament will benefit Sandy Hook Elementary Fund (SHEF), which continues to fund counseling to the children, families, staff, and first responders following 12/14. Cost for the Classic is $175 per person, which covers the 18 holes of golf and a cart, lunch and dinner, beverages, and snacks.
Cool temperatures and dry conditions greeted runners for the 40th Annual Newtown Parks and Recreation Rooster Run 5K, won by Newtown 23-year-old Kevin Hoyt in a time of 15:35, on June 14. Nearly 350 participants meandered through the Fairfield Hills campus; the course started and finished near the Newtown Municipal Center building. Cloudy skies gave way to the sun part way through the morning, and temperatures were in the mid 60s at the start.
Muggy conditions and a sparse crowd at Blue & Gold Stadium on June 13 were indicators that football season is still a long way off. But the annual Blue & Gold Game, an intrasquad Newtown High School football scrimmage, served as a reminder that the fall kickoff will be here soon enough. The Nighthawks concluded a two-week spring workout program with a friendly battle as coaches stayed on the field to give direction. Although the final score doesn’t really matter, for what it’s worth the Blue squad prevailed 46-19.
The 22nd Annual Jack Friel Golf Scramble to benefit Newtown Scholarship Association (NSA) will be drawing the association’s supporters to the links on Monday, June 16. “Newtown has two tremendous country clubs — Rock Ridge Country Club and Newtown Country Club — capable of hosting our popular event,” says tournament co-chair Mark Fries. “Both have added significantly to our event and we are pleased to support these fine clubs.” There are still a few spots available for those hoping to compete. Cost is $200 per player, or $60 for those who would like to join the event for dinner only.