A tremendous season of high-level success came to a conclusion for Newtown High School’s wrestling team on March 7. The Nighthawks put forth a valiant effort in the two-day New England championship competition in North Andover, Mass., and placed second among 169 schools representing Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Newtown had two finalists and four grapplers among the top five to compile 84 points. Mount Anthony of Vermont won the meet with 122.5 points.
Personal best times up and down the Newtown High School boys’ swim team’s lineup not only helped the Nighthawks to a fourth-place finish in the March 6 South-West Conference championships at Masuk High in Monroe, but also gave Coach Zach Gauvin plenty of positive signs and, thus, things to say about his team as the competitors head into the state finals.
The tipoff time for Newtown High School’s boys’ basketball team’s Class LL state tournament first round game has been changed. The Nighthawks will host Kennedy of Waterbury at 6 pm tonight, Monday, March 9. The game was originally scheduled for 7 pm. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students. Newtown is the tournament’s No. 16 seed and Kennedy is the No. 17 team in the bracket.
Newtown High School’s wrestling team put forth a valiant effort in the New England championship competition in North Andover, Mass., March 6-7, and placed second among 169 schools. Newtown had two finalists and four grapplers among the top five to compile 84 points. Mt Anthony of Vermont won the meet with 122.5 points. Runner-up finishes by Luca Crudo in the 113 pound weight division and Anthony Falbo at 170 led the way for the Nighthawks.
The Harlem Wizards returned to Newtown High School on Sunday, February 22, to perform a comedy basketball game against a team of Newtown teachers and school staff to raise money for the district’s PTSA and PTAs. Head O’ Meadow physical education teacher Steve Dreger coached the Newtown team, called, “Newtown Teachers Unite,” and said, following the event, that the game was a “blowout.” However, Coach Dreger added that the audience responded throughout the game and everyone had fun.
Newtown High School’s Tommy Horan won the 100 yard backstroke race at the South-West Conference championship swim meet, at Masuk High on March 6. Horan made his final touch in a time of 54.74, cutting nearly three seconds from his season’s best time of 57.83. The Nighthawks scored 331.50 points to place fourth as a team behind first-place Pomperaug of Southbury (663), Brookfield (522.50), and Weston (390). On the wrestling mats, the Nighthawks are battling in the New England championships in North Andover, Mass.
Newtown High School’s girls’ basketball team’s Class LL state playoff second round contest, on the road against Mercy of Middletown, will take place at 5 pm tonight, March 6. The game was originally listed to have a 7 pm start time as is listed in The Bee’s March 6 print edition coverage of Nighthawks. Also tonight, the South-West Conference boys’ swimming championships will unfold at Masuk High in Monroe, beginning a 6 pm.
Ethan Cox scored a hat-trick and Domenic Cartelli netted two goals to help Newtown High School hockey team to a 6-5 win over Wethersfield-Rocky Hill-Middletown at Danbury Ice Arena on March 5. Cartelli broke a 5-5 deadlock on a slap shot from just inside the blue line with just 19 seconds left in regulation. The win pushed Newtown (4-16 overall) into 16th place in the Division III rankings, apparently sealing the final seed in the playoff bracket.
Newtown High School’s girls’ basketball team held visiting Conard of West Hartford to just a dozen second-half points on the way to a 45-37 victory in the first round of the Class LL state tournament on March 4. The Nighthawks, seeded 14th in the bracket, trailed only once in the second half before advancing past the Chieftains. The Hawks had four players in double figures as Olyvia Shaw poured in 12 points, Mali Klorczyk scored 11 points, and Haley Ryan and Lauren Wilcox both dropped in ten. Kelly Merrick added a basket and blocked five shots. Shaw and Klorczyk had 12 and eight rebounds, respectively, and Sarah Lynch dished out nine assists. The Nighthawks sank six 3-pointers — two apiece by Klorczyk, Ryan, and Wilcox.
Newtown High School’s gymnastics team placed seventh in the Class L state championship meet, at Pomperaug High in Southbury, on February 28. The Nighthawks scored 125.375 points; Southington won the competition with a score of 139.125. Anna Jannott had the best score on the balance beam, a 9.025, among competitors from all eight schools. She also scored an 8.4 on the vault, a 7.925 on the bars, and an 8.825 for her floor exercise.