People are still talking about an incident at a June 29 Senior Babe Ruth baseball game between Newtown and Norwalk that ended abruptly when the Norwalk coach pulled his team from the field. Speculation continues on social media over what exactly transpired and whether or not the issue would be handled appropriately. Newtown Babe Ruth Baseball President Andy Via and Norwalk Coach Jim Coonan, along with Newtown Coach Greg Horne Jr, agree Newtown’s team displayed poor sportsmanship; it has since been dealt with by Via, and the end result was that a Newtown player was ultimately kicked off the team. Via and Coonan also agree that there are some inaccuracies circulating as parents and others in the community speculate about the causes of the incident.
Reagan Cerney’s track career has been full of success — from her days at Newtown High School through her sophomore year — at the Division I level — at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Penn. It’s been chockfull of personal records, championships, and included bouncing back from a bad break — a broken back … sustaining three transverse process fractures to be exact. Cerney was runner-up in the 800 meter race (2:22.11) in her first collegiate meet at the Bison Opener, during her freshman year, and went on to qualify for the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference championships in the 500 meter event.
Newtown Women’s Softball League results from recent action are as follows: My Place 10, Petzercise 6: Jennifer Good hit a three-run home run in the third inning, and Heather Burke pitched a good game, striking out the final batter for the win.
The Post 100 Bethel Admirals U19 American Legion baseball team, which includes players from Newtown, capped off the regular season with a record of 21-6. The Admirals have qualified for the state playoffs, among the top five teams in the zone, which begin on Saturday, July 18. Post 100 finished in second place.
Young athletes Grant Baker, Jordan Conrad, and Michael McCann represent Newtown in the Redding-based Aspetuck Valley Rugby Club, and they recently completed a successful spring season. “They’ve been a great addition to the program,” said Coach Stuart Meyler, who has coached four seasons with the Aspetuck program. “Number one, they’re committed,” said Meyler, adding that participants are encouraged to play other sports, and many juggle lacrosse, soccer, baseball, and other activities with rugby. “We leave it very open,” notes Meyler, adding that the objective is to encourage up-and-coming athletes to get a feel for the game and see if they like it. Despite that flexibility, the Newtown players all made it to practices and games on a regular basis. Baker and Conrad played on the U12 squad, which went 5-2, and McCann competed on the U14 team, which boasted an 8-1 record. They’ve each played for two to three seasons and are strong contributors in matches as well as during practices.
Newtown Women’s Softball League scores and highlights from this past week are as follows: Black Swan 15, Cork N’ Barrel 5: For Black Swan, Kayla Mesko hit her first home run. Kayla O’Grady hit a grand slam, driving in four runs. Lisa Coates and Jess Gibbons made impressive catches in left center and left field, respectively.
The Post 100 Bethel Admirals U19 American Legion baseball team, which includes players from Newtown, won nine straight summer league games from June 30 through July 5, before finally losing 2-1 to first-place Waterbury, on July 8. The team improved to 16-4 and moved into second place in the Zone 5 standings. The Admirals visited Volunteer Field to begin a stretch of nine games over six days, and blanked New Milford 1-0. Jim Parker (2-for-2) singled down the left field line in the second inning to drive in the game’s only run. Hurler Joe Liquori protected the lead, striking out 11 New Milford batters.
Forget all of the grueling practices in the heat, and juggling academic responsibilities with sports. For Julian Dunn, the hardest part of participating in athletics at Newtown High School was — well … not participating. Dunn had to sit out his senior basketball campaign for college visits and football drills as he was on his way to his next step, playing football at the University of Maine, which is located in the town of Orono. Jessica Keller was talked into running track by Coach Doug Russell, and she participated — in part — to keep in shape for her primary sport of soccer. Keller went on to qualify for postseason championship races and help break school relay records.
Perhaps nothing is more synonymous with Newtown High School sporting events than the voice that can be heard emanating throughout the gymnasium, at Blue & Gold Stadium, on the back fields, and occasionally Treadwell Park, announcing starting lineups, and filling in the crowd between plays. That voice belongs to Jason “J” Edwards, a teacher at Newtown High by day, and a public address announcer by afternoon, night, and weekend. Edwards, this past spring, announced his 1,000th game for the Nighthawks.
Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS) will benefit from a fundraiser at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, featuring the United Soccer League’s New York Red Bull II facing Newtown Pride FC of the Connecticut Soccer League, on Thursday, July 30, at 7:30 pm. The evening will kick off at 6, outside of the ballpark, with an interactive fan zone. All ages are welcome to join in the fun. All net proceeds from the event, including ticket sales and proceeds from a silent auction held that evening, will go to NYFS.