The Hartford Marathon Foundation’s Sandy Hook Run for the Families was awarded “Best Amateur Single-Sport Event” by SportsTravel Magazine at the Travel, Events And Management in Sports (TEAMS) ’13 Conference & Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah, last week.
Members of Newtown High School’s girls’ swim team participated in the Class LL state championships this past week and came out with strong performances. The diving competition was held at Bulkeley High School in Hartford on November 6 and Newtown recorded three top-ten finishes among 28 finalists. The swimming events were held at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven on November 12 and Newtown had a half-dozen top-ten individual and relay race placements.
Newtown High School’s football team shook off some early mistakes to pull away for a 35-0 triumph over visiting Stratford at Blue & Gold Stadium on November 8. Jaret DeVellis scored two touchdowns, recovered a fumble, and recorded a quarterback sack to help the Nighthawks remain unbeaten at 9-0.
Newtown High School’s girls’ soccer team had its season come to a end in a 2-1 overtime loss to visiting Newington in the Class LL state tournament’s first round at Blue & Gold Stadium on November 4. After leading 1-0 at the half, No. 16 Newtown gave up a goal in the second half and the game winner in overtime against No. 17 Newington. Newtown put up a good fight against Newington, playing stellar defense throughout the entire game. Makenna Cerney scored Newtown’s goal, which was assisted by Jess Keller.
As tough as it was for the Newtown High School field hockey team to come up a goal short in the state playoff opener on November 4, the season — on the whole — can be looked at as a success for its coach and players. The Nighthawks saw their overall rewarding campaign come to an end in a 1-0 defeat to Westhill of Stamford in the Class L qualifying round at Blue & Gold Stadium.
Newtown’s fourth grade football team defeated Shelton 13-7 to claim the Colonial League Orange Bowl championship this past week. The Nighthawks defeated New Milford 27-7 in playoff action the week before, to earn a berth in the title game.
A couple of great chances turned away by the opposing team’s defense — one from right on the goal line — and a rebound goal by the Wreckers were the difference in the Newtown High School boys’ soccer team’s state tournament loss to visiting Staples of Westport on November 7.