Newtown High School’s field hockey team will host Lauralton Hall of Milford on Wednesday, October 14, under the lights at Blue & Gold Stadium, starting at 7 o’clock. Wednesday’s game is Newtown’s Play4TheCure game to raise funds for the National Foundation for Cancer Research. The Nighthawks (5-2-1-1) are coming off a 1-0 overtime loss at Joel Barlow of Redding, on October 10. In their last home game, October 9, the Nighthawks blanked Brookfield 2-0.
Newtown High School’s football team, its 44-13 triumph over visiting Bunnell of Stratford on October 12 making it five straight games with at least 42 points, has spent the season battering the opposition en route to a 5-0 start to the campaign. But the Nighthawks, themselves, are somewhat dinged up, and welcome a week off from game play as they enter into their bye week. “I can’t wait to get healthy here – everyone’s got bumps and bruises,” said Newtown Coach Steve George, who saw two of his running backs, Hunter Cobb and Jared Pearson, get taken out of the game after minor injuries the coach doesn’t expect will hamper them for long.
Members of Newtown High School’s field hockey team went into its game against host Joel Barlow, on October 10, with reason to feel pretty good about themselves. The Nighthawks, coming off a 2-0 blanking of visiting Brookfield the day before, had five wins and a tie under their belts in eight games. The Barlow Falcons, unbeaten to this point, managed to maintain its unscathed ways, but it took overtime to get it done — in a 1-0 edging of the Hawks — providing even more confidence for Newtown’s squad, which stands at 5-2-1-1 (wins, losses, ties, overtime losses).
Newtown High School’s boys’ soccer team scored a 3-0 win at Weston in a South-West Conference clash, on Saturday, October 10. Shane Gattey scored when he hooked in a corner kick, and James Carney and Jack Oltran also hit the back of the net for the soccer team’s fourth straight win, and fifth consecutive game without a loss. Against Weston, goalkeepers Zach Laros and Nick Beourgouis combined to make five saves in the team’s third shutout victory in its last four contests.
Newtown’s Steve Kopcik won Stafford Motor Speedway’s SK Lite Modified division championship, in Stafford Springs, logging just one first-place finish in 22 races this summer, but using that steady (and of course, fast) approach to finish tops in overall points. Kopcik, 17 and in his second year racing in this division, recorded 19 top-five finishes, including 11 straight to close out the race season.
Newtown High School’s sports teams had a successful start to the weekend. The field hockey team blanked Brookfield, the girls’ swimming and diving squad bested Stratford, and the girls’ volleyball team pulled out its second straight five-game match, edging Bunnell of Stratford, all on Friday, October 9. The field hockey team improved to 5-2-1 overall with a 2-0 win. In the pool, the Nighthawks cruised to an 86-74 road win. On the volleyball court, the Nighthawks overcame a 20-12 game-four deficit to force a decisive fifth game en route to edging host Bunnell 3-2 (17-25, 25-20, 23-25, 26-24, 15-8).
The field hockey game between Newtown High School and Brookfield High, scheduled for Friday, October 9, will take place at 3:45 pm as planned, but the location of the game has been changed. Originally slated to take place at Treadwell Park, the matchup will now unfold on the turf at Blue & Gold Stadium. The Nighthawks have a record of 4-2-1, and the Bobcats come into the game with a mark of 4-6 overall.
Newtown High School’s varsity football game, originally to be played on Friday, October 9, has been rescheduled for Monday, October 12, because of the threat of thunderstorms, Newtown High School Athletic Director Gregg Simon announced, on Friday morning. The Nighthawks and Bunnell of Stratford Bulldogs will play at 7 pm in a Columbus Day clash, under the lights at Blue & Gold Stadium.
Sure, Newtown High School’s girls’ soccer team — which came into the campaign with a fairly inexperienced varsity lineup — has had a pretty nice go of it thus far, matching its win total of a year ago with five victories in as many games to start its 2015 season. But there were plenty of positives to be found in a 3-1 loss at Immaculate of Danbury on October 8. “The takeaway here has to be — this is a good effort, now this has to be the standard going forward,” Newtown Coach Marc Kenney said.
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.