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.
Women's Softball League teams Cork N' Barrel, My Place, Reach, Petzercise, Black Swan, and Donate Life are in action each week this summer. In a 15-13 win over My Place, the Corks got big hits from Denise Croden with a triple and three singles. Jen Pirone, Karen Alexander, Sue D'Andrea, and Chris Jannott also contributed at the plate.
Heading into this week’s action, the 19U Bethel Admirals American Legion baseball team, which comprises both Newtown and Bethel athletes, posted a 7-4 record. The Admirals entered into a stretch of 16 scheduled games in a span of 18 days, necessitated by five rainouts and an already truncated summer league schedule.
Future, past, and present come together on the back fields at Newtown High School for Coach Matt Memoli’s youth baseball camps each summer. Up-and-coming ball players — this past week — worked on fielding, throwing, pitching, and hitting skills and got pointers from Memoli and some of his former and current players during the Youth Baseball Academy and Middle School Academy.
The Newtown Scholarship Association (NSA) held its 23rd Annual Jack Friel Memorial Golf Scramble on June 22. The event is sponsored by Newtown’s two golf venues, Rock Ridge Country Club and Newtown Country Club. he winners playing Newtown Country Club were Chris Watson, Bob Watson, Chad Joshpe, and Steve Loughran and at Rock Ridge Country Club were Charles Nanavaty, Glenn Nanavaty, Mike Kehoe, and Terry Shanahan. Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ golf teams also played in the tourney. There were more than 100 participants playing golf in support of the Newtown Scholarship Association. For 78 years, NSA has focused on its mission to put a college education within reach for every high school graduate from Newtown.
Newtown and Sandy Hook were well-represented on June 28 in the annual Faxon Law Group Fairfield Half Marathon. The 13.1-mile course started and finished at Jennings Beach and brought runners through the streets of downtown Fairfield and Southport, along the water in spots, and up some tough hills. The race, which features top international runners and fast competitors from across the United States, was won by Ethiopia’s Gosa Girma Tefera, who completed the course in 1:04.05. Sandy Hook’s Pedro Padilla finished the course in 165th place among nearly 3,000 competitors, crossing the finish line in a time of 1:34.35. Participants and sponsors of the annual road races raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for a variety of charitable organizations every year.
Joining a team requires athletes acclimate themselves to their new teammates, and it can take a little time to get comfortable. In the case of Newtown High School’s golf teams, that adjustment period was altogether avoided for some participants. That’s because they’re siblings — already very familiar with one another — on and off the course — before they went to their first high school practice together at Rock Ridge Country Club.
Newtown High School was well-represented in the All State and All South-West Conference selections for spring sports. All State First Team honorees were softball player Emily Woznick, baseball players Julian Dunn and David Matthews, and golfer Sarah Houle. Others to be honored with All State achievement are Julia Sughrue and Deegan Beauchemin.
David Conrad, 50, narrowly edges Danbury 58-year-old Manuel Batista-Leal for eighth place in the Rooster Run 5K, at Fairfield Hills, on June 20. Conrad completed the course in a time of 19:17, and Batista-Leal finished in 19:18. The race drew close to 300 participants. Christopher Gamble was the top overall finisher, coming across the finish line in 16:48. Proceeds from the Newtown Parks & Recreation-sponsored event benefit the Newtown Scholarship Association.
Christopher Gamble had won his age group, but never claimed first place overall in a road race. That changed on June 20, when the Newtown 18-year-old led a field of nearly 300 participants across the finish line at the 41 Annual Rooster Run. Gamble finished the 5K race in a time of 16:48. “It feels good to represent Newtown,” Gamble said of winning the Newtown Parks & Recreation-sponsored run, from which proceeds benefit the Newtown Scholarship Association.