Newtown High School’s baseball team won four of its last five games heading into the month of May to climb into the state playoff picture. Newtown, after an 0-5 start to the campaign, quickly got half the wins it needs to extend the season into the state bracket. The Nighthawks, thanks to this possible season turning point, need just four victories in their last ten contests to qualify. The Hawks split an April 28 doubleheader with Pomperaug of Southbury, at Fairfield Hills, losing the opener 5-1 and pulling out an eight-inning 8-6 victory in the nightcap to improve to 4-6 overall.
Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ tennis teams both picked up victories this past week, with the squads defeating Bethel and Brookfield, and falling to Weston. Maureen Maher, coach of the girls, has been pleased with her new-look team this spring. The two-time South-West Conference champions lost eight players between graduation, moves out of town, and players not returning, but that hasn’t prevented success.
Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ track and field teams both earned a trio of victories over opponents in meets this week. The girls went to Bunnell High School’s track in Stratford on April 28 and defeated Joel Barlow of Redding 92.5 to 57.5, topped Stratford 137 to 12, and bested Kolbe Cathedral of Bridgeport 137.5 to .5. Newtown’s boys team hosted a meet at Blue & Gold Stadium on April 29 and beat Stratford 105 to 45, Kolbe 140 to 10, and Barlow 115 to 34.
Newtown High School’s softball team took advantage of ten walks to make the most of only four hits in defeating host Joel Barlow of Redding 8-3 on April 23. The Nighthawks then dropped both ends of a double header against Pomperaug of Southbury at Treadwell Park on April 28. Newtown carried a 4-5 overall record into the middle of the week.
Newtown High School’s boys’ golf team continued its unbeaten season with wins over host Notre Dame-Fairfield on April 24 and visiting New Milford on April 28. The Nighthawks improved to 8-0 overall. Against Notre Dame, at Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course, Newtown shot a 154 to the Lancers shot a 177. Vivek Tedla and Graham Hubbert both shot a 38, Brian LeBlanc and Colin Patrick each shot a 39, and Josh Houle shot a 41. In the win over New Milford, at Rock Ridge Country Club, Newtown shot a 156 and the Green Wave had a 175.
During the preseason, Coach Bill Flood already had his sights on the April 30 visit to Heritage Village Country Club and a clash with South-West Conference rival Pomperaug of Southbury. As that date fast approaches, both Flood’s Newtown High School boys’ golf team (6-0 heading into Thursday’s meet with Notre Dame-Fairfield) and defending regular season conference champion Pomperaug (2-0 in the early going) continue to look like the best teams in the conference, Flood said.