Even a ninth straight South-West Conference championship didn’t fully heal the wound New Fairfield left the Newtown High School girls’ lacrosse team with last spring. The Rebels, during the 2013 regular season, ended Newtown’s six-plus season winning streak against conference opponents. The Nighthawks avenged that setback with a come-from-behind 11-8 win over the Rebels at rainy Blue & Gold Stadium on April 11.
The field at New Fairfield High School hasn’t been too kind to the Nighthawks in recent years. Newtown High School’s boys’ lacrosse team almost earned a win their last year, but fell a goal short. Newtown, didn’t have to wait long to erase some tough memories from the home of its South-West Conference rivals. The Hawks got fifth-year Coach Glenn Adams his first regular-season victory at New Fairfield, a 9-5 win in the rain, in the season opener on April 11.
Newtown High School’s softball team won its first two games of the campaign, then dropped a pair of contests to carry a 2-2 record into Thursday’s scheduled clash with visiting Weston. The Nighthawks began the campaign with a pair of victories over FCIAC teams on their home field, topping Trumbull 5-2 on April 9, then defeating Danbury 12-5 the next day.
Newtown High School’s boys’ golf team won its first three matches of the season as the Nighthawks went into play on Thursday with a visit to Bunnell of Stratford. The Nighthawks opened the regular campaign against visiting Brookfield at Rock Ridge Country Club on April 9. Newtown shot a 165 and Brookfield shot a 182. Newtown’s Bubba LeBlanc had a 39 to earn medalist honors. Graham Hubbert shot a 44, and Colin Patrick, Josh Houle, and Vivek Tedla all shot a 42 in the win.
Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ tennis teams kicked off the spring campaign this past week. The girls’ squad fell to host Weston 5-2 in the season opener on April 9, earned a rain-shortened 4-0 victory over visiting New Fairfield on April 11, and fell 4-3 at Bunnell of Stratford on April 14. The boys began play on the road against a tough Joel Barlow of Redding squad on April 9, and hung close in a 4-3 loss.
After spending the last two seasons competing in the Legends cars ranks at Waterford Speedbowl, Newtown’s Stephen Kopcik will become the newest member of the 2014 SK Light Modified rookie class at Stafford Motor Speedway this spring. Kopcik and his team recently acquired a Chassis Dynamics car that was a backup car for Ryan Preece at Thompson Speedway, and he will have Mike Paquette from CD Chassis helping him out with his chassis setup.
Registration for the 26th Annual ShopRite Nutmeg State Games, to be held July 12-27 in New Britain, is available online. There are openings for 22 individual and team sport offerings at www.nutmegstategames.org.
The Newtown Youth Basketball Association offers summer basketball programs. Visit newtownyouthbasketball.com to register. There will be two leagues with a limit of 40 participants per league and the cost is $95 per participant.
Indiana, North Carolina, Kansas … These are among the states that have been practically synonymous with big time college basketball for decades. Oh, and then there’s our state, tucked away in the Northeast corner, where major league baseball and professional football, hockey, and basketball were more popular than college hoops for many years. But things have changed in the past decade-plus here in the Nutmeg state.