• Spikers Battle Past Pomperaug In Five

    For the first time in ten matches this season, Newtown High School’s girls’ volleyball team played a five-game match. The October 7 home match against Pomperaug of Southbury turned out to be a successful one for the Nighthawks as they prevailed 3-2 (18-25, 25-18, 25-18, 20-25, 15-13) to improve to 6-4 overall. In the process, the Nighthawks handed the Panthers just their second loss in 11 matches. Newtown’s serving game, led by a team-high ten aces by Jamie Calandro, was a difference-maker in this outcome. Calandro also had 20 kills and 18 digs. Tessa Leon-Gambetta compiled 24 digs; and Sarah Bender had 15 assists to go along with five kills and ten digs.

  • Swim Team Beats New Fairfield And Loses Close One To Panthers

    Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team defeated host New Fairfield 101-80, on October 2, and the Nighthawks fell 92-89 to the visiting Pomperaug Panthers of Southbury on October 6. Despite coming up a bit short against Pomperaug, the Nighthawks impressed their coach, Zach Gauvin. “I thought the girls swam really well against one of the best teams in the state in Pomperaug. We’ve been training really hard lately and I thought the girls might be swimming tired, but they stepped up to the plate and swam tough,” he said.

  • Girls Sweep Competition As Nighthawk Cross Country Squads Approach Season’s Finish Line

    Heading into the October 6 race against a tough Pomperaug of Southbury squad, Doug Russell, Newtown High School’s girls’ cross country coach, was excited to see what his team would do. After Pomperaug’s Ivy Walker led the field, winning the 5K course on the grounds of Fairfield Hills (finishing in a time of 19:21), in came Newtown’s Sarah Mawdsley (19:39), and teammate Lu Hage (19:52), followed by Erin Tressler (20:02) and Emma Bayuk (20:25). Newtown’s ownership of the two through five spots helped seal a 25-33 win. The Nighthawks also bested Brookfield, 15-49, to improve to 9-1 with just one regular season meet (an October 13 visit to Joel Barlow of Redding) on the slate before the postseason gets underway.

  • Nancy Bowen Honored By Old Timer’s Association

    The Old Timer’s Association of Greater Danbury inducted Newtown’s Nancy Olson Bowen into its organization, and she was recognized at its 52 Annual Awards Dinner, held recently at The Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury. Bowen was also recognized by the Old Timer’s Association when she was a high school senior. A 1977 graduate of Danbury High School, Bowen (nee Nancy Olson) was the first female recipient of the association’s scholarship for high school seniors.

  • Wet And Wild(cats) Win For Nighthawk Gridders

    Newtown High School’s football team, on the strength of a 29-point third quarter, rolled past the visiting Bethel Wildcats 42-0, at Blue & Gold Stadium, on October 2. The game was played in chilly and wet conditions, as rain fell, hard at times, throughout the evening in which temperatures were in the 40s. After a sloppy first half in which only one touchdown was scored – a Hunter Cobb TD run for a 6-0 lead (the extra point was no good) – the Nighthawks put together a wild, four-score third quarter.

  • Swimming And Diving Team Showing Early-Season Progress

    So far, so good for Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team, which has somewhat of a new look after losing nine graduates, including four team record holders, to graduation a year ago. This year’s version of the Nighthawks is making strides toward some success of its own in the not too distant future. The Nighthawks, after defeating visiting New Milford 96-79 on September 29, stand at 2-1; the loss came to perennial state and South-West Conference powerhouse Weston.

  • Nighthawk Soccer And Field Hockey Teams Have Successful Night Against Panthers

    Newtown High School’s field hockey and girls’ and boys’ soccer teams combined to go 2-0-1 against their rivals from Masuk of Monroe, on October 1. The boys’ booters began things with a 2-0 victory, and the field hockey squad followed up with a 3-0 blanking of the Panthers under a light but steady rain. Both of those triumphs were on the road. Shortly after the field hockey girls wrapped up their victory, Newtown’s girls’ soccer team came from behind for an exciting 2-2 tie with the visiting Panthers at soggy Blue & Gold Stadium.

  • Field Hockey Squad Continues Earning Points

    Newtown High School’s field hockey team played visiting Weston to a 2-2 draw at Blue & Gold Stadium, on September 29. The tie marked Newtown’s first non-win since a season-opening defeat to Bethel, but kept the Nighthawks unbeaten in four straight contests. The Nighthawks carried a 3-1-1 record into a scheduled visit to Masuk of Monroe, on Thursday, October 1 (original game time of 7 pm changed to 5:45 pm). The Hawks blanked visiting New Milford, always one of the best teams in the South-West Conference, 1-0, on September 25. Newtown used a one-two punch of sorts, as Shannon Lynch, who wears uniform No. 1, assisted Lauren Zimmerman, who wears No. 2, for the lone goal. Newtown goaltender Nathalie Shaker made four saves in the win, Newtown’s third consecutive shutout.

  • Cross Country Teams Win Winding Trails Invitational

    Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ varsity cross country teams both claimed first place at the Winding Trails Invitational, in Farmington, on September 26. The Newtown girls had the top three finishers as Sarah Mawdsley won the race in a time of 19:14.0; Erin Tressler was runner-up in 19:24.5; and Olivia Hage was third in 19:28.8. Brenden Reeds led the boys’ squad and finished fourth overall in a time of 17:09.3, and Joel Duval came in fifth in 17:09.8.

  • Boys’ Booters Focus On Positives After Battling Back For Tie

    It’s often said that there are good ties and bad ties in sports. For Newtown High School’s boys’ soccer team, the 1-1 deadlock with visiting Pomperaug of Southbury, at Treadwell Park on September 29, was perhaps a little of both. The Nighthawks fell behind 1-0 before halftime before turning on the pressure and piling up scoring chances — especially late in the contest. Finally, with about 15 minutes remaining, the Nighthawks broke through.