Newtown High School’s softball team defeated two Panther squads in as many days in their first games after a week-long trip to Florida, during which the Nighthawks played six games at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, and enjoyed Walt Disney World. The Nighthawks withstood a big comeback effort by visiting Masuk of Monroe to hold off the Panthers from the south for an 8-7 win on April 16. The Hawks then came back to edge visiting Pomperaug of Southbury with two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to prevail 5-4 over the Panthers from the north, the next afternoon.
Newtown High School’s boys’ volleyball team, in its inaugural campaign, earned its first win with a victory over visiting Daniel Hand of Madison, on Friday, April 17. The Nighthawks overcame a two games to one deficit to come out on top.
Newtown High School’s boys’ lacrosse team won three of its first four games to begin the season. Newtown beat visiting Bethel 9-6 at Blue & Gold Stadium on April 16. Ryan Sullivan had three goals and an assist, Morris and MacKinnon both hit the back of the net twice, and Logan Walsh and Matt Myers each added tallies. Jared Pearson had a trio of assists, and Walsh added two helpers. David MacKinnon and Peyton Manning fielded four and three ground balls, respectively.
Newtown High School’s baseball team played three games decided by just one run in its first four of the campaign. The Nighthawks had a pair of one-run contests to begin play this spring. The Nighthawks fell 5-4 at Staples of Westport in its season opener, on April 8, then edged visiting Fairfield Ludlowe 6-5 the next day. The team fell 5-1 at Notre Dame-Fairfield 5-1 on April 13, then won in walk-off fashion, pulling out an 8-7 victory in the bottom of the ninth inning against Masuk of Monroe on April 15.
They say good things come to those who wait. Newtown High School’s first-year varsity girls’ golf team had to hang tight for an extra few days to begin competition thanks to unplayable course conditions in early April. The Nighthawks, who played as club squad a season ago, finally got their first varsity match in on April 13 with a visit to Immaculate of Danbury at Richter Park. Newtown made the wait worthwhile. The Hawks came out on top, shooting a 200; Immaculate shot a 235.
A first-year varsity team that doesn’t even have prior club playing experience under its belt certainly has some catching up to do out of the gate. In the case of Newtown High School’s brand-new boys’ volleyball team, however, things are looking pretty good in their first week of competition. An 0-3 start to the campaign is a bit deceptive since the Nighthawks have been competitive in the early going, providing a positive outlook among team members and Coach Sandy Doski. The Hawks are confident that the wins will come.
Newtown High School’s girls’ lacrosse team earned its first win of the season by shaking off a tough start to erase a slim deficit, reel off seven unanswered goals, and defeat host Trumbull 14-8 on April 11. Julia Shugrue and Brianna Sclafani both scored four times, and Alex Futterman added two goals and two assists in the win, which came one night after a hard-fought 11-10 overtime loss in the season opener at Brookfield.
Fishermen line the area ponds, lakes, rivers, and streams – and bring their boats out – to cast their lines every year on the morning when fishing season begins. This April, in Newtown anyway, there seemed to be fewer fishermen out for opening day than in the past – perhaps, in part, because of an earlier start to the season and due to a windy day and overall slow arrival of spring warmth. Nonetheless, the Saturday, April 11 morning was an enjoyable kickoff (make that cast off) to the season for those who hooked bait and reeled in dinner.
Newtown High School’s spring sports season is underway. The baseball, softball, boys’ volleyball, and tennis teams were all in action on Wednesday, April 8; the boys’ lacrosse team opened its campaign on April 9 with a win over Brookfield; and the girls’ lacrosse squad will begin its season with a visit to Brookfield on Friday, April 10 (game time, originally set for 7 pm, was changed to 6 pm). Several opening week sporting events have been put on hold: The baseball team’s home clash with Berlin, originally set for April 10, was moved to May 9, at noon. Girls’ and boys’ tennis matches with Joel Barlow of Redding were also postponed on April 10 and will be on dates to be announced. Newtown’s softball game against visiting St Joseph of Trumbull, which was to have taken place on April 9, was pushed to 4 pm on May 2.
Coming off a tough-to-swallow runner-up finish to Weston, in which just a half a point decided things, in last year’s South-West Conference championships, Newtown High School’s girls’ track and field squad — needless to say — is hungry for redemption. Meanwhile the boys’ team, coached by Tom Brant, should be deep in the distance events, led by captains David Csordas and Christopher Gamble.