Newtown High School’s softball team wrapped up the top seed in the upcoming South-West Conference playoffs by blanking host Masuk of Monroe 9-0, on May 18. The Newtown baseball team, meanwhile, dropped a 2-1 extra inning battle with Masuk that lasted nine innings, the same afternoon. The baseball team’s playoff seeding had yet to be determined. The NHS boys’ lacrosse team hosted Joel Barlow of Redding, on Senior Night, May 18, and fell 10-8.
Both of Newtown High School’s lacrosse teams were in action on May 14 and 16. The Nighthawk squads won a combined three of four contests. The girls, coming off a 12-9 win over visiting South-West Conference foe Immaculate of Danbury, on May 14, dropped a 17-7 decision to visiting nonconference opponent Simsbury, on May 16. Newtown’s boys’ team, after its most lopsided game of the spring – a 21-5 triumph at Immaculate – edged host Staples of Westport 7-6 in a nonconference clash, two days later. The boys improved to 11-4 overall and have had eight one-goal nail-biters.
What a couple of days for Newtown High School’s softball team. The Nighthawks swept a two-opponent double header at Treadwell Park on May 13, then scored a dozen runs in the last two innings of a wild 20-12 victory over host New Milford, the next day. Mikayla Kuligowski had four base hits, including her 100th career knock, in the win over New Milford. Jill Lasorsa hit a tie-breaking grand slam in an 8-2 win over Norwalk the day before; Sara Kennedy pitched for her first varsity win. And the Nighthawks also toppled New Fairfield 15-3 in the second game of the split double header.
Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ golf teams picked up victories this past week. The girls’ squad won four matches to stay unbeaten at 11-0 overall; the boys won three matches and also tied for first in the Woodland Invitational, and stand at 9-3 overall. The Newtown girls shot a 189 to defeat both Bunnell of Stratford (242) and Brookfield (261) in a match at Rock Ridge Country Club on May 6. Sarah Houle shot a 43, Molly Wilson had a 44, Liz Weisgerber shot a 54, and Brenna Kelly had a 48. The Nighthawks shot a 188 to defeat host Brookfield (232) in a match on May 11. Houle and Molly Wilson each shot a 42, Weisgerber shot a 51, and Halle Wilson had a 53.
Newtown High School’s baseball team extended its winning streak to seven games by blasting visiting Stratford 15-2 in a game at Fairfield Hills on May 6. Newtown lost its next contest, a 4-3 nail-biter at Bethel on May 8, then got back into the win column with a 7-3 triumph over visiting Berlin the next day. The Nighthawks improved to 12-4 overall with a 9-0 blanking of Notre Dame-Fairfield, on May 11. The Hawks were blanked 2-0 by New Fairfield, in a game at Fairfield Hills, on May 13. They carry a 12-5 overall record into the final three games of the season.
Newtown High School’s girls’ tennis team extended its winning streak to ten before dropping a 5-2 decision to Weston in the regular-season finale, on May 13; the finished 11-5 this season. The boys’ squad, meanwhile, finished off the regular season with six straight victories to post a 10-4 mark.
Seven of Newtown High School’s boys’ lacrosse team’s first 12 games were decided by just one goal, and a contest with nonconference team Norwalk on May 12 looked to be headed to yet another nail-biting finish. The game was even, 3-3, at halftime, but the Nighthawks turned it on in the second half and pulled away for a 13-4 triumph under the lights at Blue & Gold Stadium.
Newtown High School’s girls’ track and field team stayed unbeaten with a trio of wins in a meet at Weston on May 12, and the boys defeated two of three opponents in a visit to Stratford the day before. The Nighthawk girls defeated Stratford 138.5 to 11.5, Immaculate of Danbury 133-17, and Weston 98.5 to 51.5. Newtown’s boys’ team defeated Stratford 77-71 and Immaculate of Danbury 100-41, and lost 97-53 to Weston.
Newtown High School’s girls’ lacrosse team overcame an 8-3 deficit to shock host Bethel 11-10, on May 12 and, in doing so, hope they’ve started on a path of recovering from a 3-8 start to the campaign to qualify for the conference playoffs. The Nighthawks now own a one-win edge and a tiebreaker advantage on Bethel as they battle to qualify for the six-team South-West Conference tournament.
As Newtown High School’s softball team headed into its final five games of the regular campaign this week, the Nighthawks had beaten every South-West Conference foe it had faced (with just two they’d yet to play). The Nighthawks, coming off a 7-4 win over Notre Dame-Fairfield, under the lights at Treadwell Park on May 11, had an overall record of 11-5 (9-1 in SWC play). Given the team’s overall success this spring, Coach Bob Guererra has guarded optimism as it heads toward the playoffs.