You could say Newtown High School’s softball team stole Joel Barlow of Redding’s South-West Conference championship hopes. The top-seeded Nighthawks used an aggressive approach – a trio of double steals – to grab three runs en route to a 9-7 victory in the May 27 title game, at Stratford’s DeLuca Field.
It was a busy, and successful, afternoon and evening for Newtown High School teams, on May 26. The softball team, behind Lauren Wilcox’s no-hitter, advanced to the South-West Conference championship game with a 12-0 win over Pomperaug of Southbury. The boys’ lacrosse team also reached the SWC championship round with a convincing win, as the Nighthawk laxmen beat New Milford 13-4 in their semifinal contest. For the second year in a row, Newtown’s girls’ track and field team earned second place in the SWC championship meet, at Weston High.
The Newtown Soccer Club hosted the 33rd Annual Memorial Day Soccer Tournament this past weekend. The club welcomed 102 teams from all over Connecticut to play in a one-day format tournament. Out-of-county towns such as Plainfield, Naugatuck, Wallingford, and Bristol came for the competition, along with local clubs from Wilton, Weston, and Westport. The girls’ teams played on Saturday and the boys’ squads on Sunday. In addition to competitive games, food vendors and t-shirt sales made this year’s tournament a success for the Newtown Soccer Club.
Newtown High School’s baseball team, held hitless by Bunnell of Stratford pitcher Ronnie Rossomando for six innings, didn’t get anything going offensively until a trio of seventh-inning singles produced a run, It was too little, too late, as the Nighthawks suffered a 4-1 South-West Conference tournament quarterfinal-round loss, on May 23.
Top-seeded Newtown High School’s softball team took a few innings to get going, but after breaking open a scoreless game in the fourth, the Nighthawks rolled past No. 8 Notre Dame-Fairfield 10-0 in the South-West Conference tournament quarterfinals, on May 22. Newtown pitcher Gillian Galante was dominant throughout, compiling 13 strikeouts, allowing only two hits, and issuing a pair of walks along the way.
The pool at Newtown High School, which is open on a limited schedule for public use, has closed for the season. In place of the indoor swimming option, however, Newtown Parks & Recreation has announced that Treadwell Pool and Eichler’s Cove Beach will both open for the season on Saturday, May 23. The pool, located within the park at 39 Philo Curtis Road, and the beach, at the end of Old Bridge Road, share the same hours all season. Through June 21, both will be open daily from noon to 7 pm.
Newtown High School’s boys’ lacrosse team built a five-goal lead and hung on for a 7-5 victory over visiting Weston in the South-West Conference tournament quarterfinals, on May 21. The fourth-seeded Nighthawks got three goals from Jared Pearson, two from David MacKinnon, and one each off the sticks of Matt Meyers and Ryan Sullivan, as they built a 7-2 lead early in the fourth quarter. With the win, the defending conference champion Nighthawks earn a date with top-seeded New Milford in the semifinals, scheduled to be played at neutral site Brookfield High, on Tuesday, May 26, beginning at 7 pm.
Newtown High School’s girls’ golf team improved to 11-0 with a win over Immaculate of Danbury, on May 18, and a victory over Masuk of Monroe, on May 20 — both at Rock Ridge Country Club. The NHS boys’ golfers improved to 10-3 with a victory at Weston, on May 17, and a home triumph over Bunnell of Stratford, on May 20. Against Immaculate, the Newtown girls shot a 189 and Mustangs fired a 228. Sarah Houle shot a 40 to lead the Nighthawks.
The postseason got underway with South-West Conference tournament action on the tennis courts, on May 18, and now the rest of Newtown High School’s teams will get going in the playoffs. On the lacrosse field, the NHS boys’ squad earned the SWC Division I tourney’s No. 4 seed and a quarterfinal-round home game. Fifth-seeded Weston visits Blue & Gold Stadium on Thursday, May 21, for a 6 pm battle. Newtown earned a 10-3 win at Weston in a regular-season game, on April 28.
Newtown High School’s softball team finished the regular season with a nine-game winning streak, capped off by a 9-0 shutout victory at Masuk of Monroe, on May 18, and an 8-1 thumping of visiting New Milford on Senior Night, the next day. In the victory at Masuk, Lauren Wilcox was dominant in the pitcher’s circle, striking out eight batters and allowing only a trio of hits. Mikayla Kuligowski delivered three more hits; Sara Kennedy had four hits, including a triple, and drove in four runs; Emily Woznick had three hits and a pair of RBI and Katie Laaksonen added two runs batted in.