For the first time since the 2011 campaign, Newtown High School’s football team suffered a regular-season loss. A combination of New Fairfield’s stifling defense, windy and cold conditions, Newtown injuries, and mistakes added up to a 13-7 win for the host Rebels, on Friday, November 13. It was an unlucky Friday the 13th for the Nighthawks, who threw four interceptions, one that was returned for a touchdown. The Nighthawks and Rebels both stand at 8-1, each with one game left before the state playoffs. Wind-driven snow came down for a short time in the third quarter on this chilly night.
Players who got it all started a half century ago were back on the Newtown High School football field on November 6. Members of the 1965 Newtown High team, the first to play organized football to begin the current 11-on-11 era of the game, received applause from fans at Blue & Gold Stadium prior to the game between the current Newtown gridders and New Milford. Newtown High School Athletic Director Gregg Simon organized the event and scheduled the ceremony to tie in with the Newtown-New Milford games since that was the first matchup Newtown High played back in 1965.
Newtown High School diver Kari Djonne, coming off her first-place performance in the South-West Conference championship, was runner-up in the Class LL finals at Bulkeley High in Hartford, on November 11. Djonne scored 440.95. Westhill-Stamford’s Rachel Burtson was first with a score of 533.40. Newtown’s Gillian Eckwall was a fifth with a 400.90, Emma Wolfman placed 18th with a 320.20, and Sarah MacMullan came in 27th with a 192.75.
Newtown High School’s field hockey team, seeded 15th in the Class L bracket, blanked No. 18 Amity of Woodbridge 3-0 in a qualifying-round contest, under the lights at Blue & Gold Stadium, on November 9. The Nighthawks, 8-6-1-1 (wins, losses, ties, overtime losses) in the regular season, advanced to visit No. 2 Conard of West Hartford (15-1) in the first round, on November 11. Conard prevailed 3-0 to end Newtown's season.
Newtown’s volleyball team, the No. 20 seed in the Class LL field, visited No. 13 Trumbull and lost 3-1 (20-25, 25-18, 26-24, 25-16) in the first round of the state tournament, on November 9. Newtown went 11-8 in the regular season, and Trumbull was 14-6. Despite the outcome, Newtown Coach Tom Czaplinski and captain Jamie Calandro were pleased with how the Nighthawks performed.
Throughout the campaign, the Newtown High School girls’ soccer team rallied late to tie or take the lead in games en route to qualifying for the postseason. Trailing visiting Simsbury in the final minutes of the Class LL state tournament first round game, at Blue & Gold Stadium on November 9, the Nighthawks — true to their flair for the dramatics form — scored to force overtime. Newtown ultimately fell 3-2 (6-4 in penalty kicks following double overtime).
Newtown’s fifth grade football team defeated Shelton 49-20 in the Shoreline Youth Football Conference semifinals, this past week. After receiving the opening kickoff, the Vikings wasted no time, scoring on the second play from scrimmage to take a 6-0 lead. That lead would prove to be their last in the contest as the visiting Hawks unleashed an offense that scored on its first four possessions of the game.
Newtown Underwater Search And Rescue’s annual comedy basketball fundraiser with the Harlem Superstars has been rescheduled from Saturday, November 14, to Saturday, November 21, due to a scheduling conflict. The NUSAR Dream Team will host the Harlem Superstars in a game to begin at 7 pm in the Newtown High School gymnasium.
A physical battle, under a mostly steady drizzle, came down to a round of penalty kicks at Blue & Gold Stadium, on November 10. For the second day in a row, a Simsbury soccer team ousted Newtown High from the state playoffs in PKs. A day after the girls were eliminated, Newtown’s Class LL ninth-seeded boys suffered a 2-1 (5-4 in PKs) loss to the No. 24 Trojans in the first round. The Nighthawks scored first, when Elliot Bennett’s shot from the right side slipped through the hands of diving goalkeeper Gabriel Towles, and Jack Oltran was in position to capitalize and deposit the rebound just 4:37 into the second half.
Newtown High School’s field hockey, girls’ soccer, and girls’ volleyball team all battled in state tournament action on Monday, November 9. The field hockey team, seeded 15th in the Class L bracket, blanked No. 18 Amity of Woodbridge 3-0 in a qualifying-round contest, under the lights at Blue & Gold Stadium. Kayla DiSibio, Alison Kelleher, and Shannon Lynch all had second-half goals. Newtown advances to visit No. 2 Conard of West Hartford in the first round, on Wednesday, November 11, beginning at 5 pm.