Sandy Hook’s Kyle Wilcox, who pitches for Bryant University’s baseball team, received an early birthday present. Wilcox, who turns 21 on June 14, was selected in the sixth round of the Major League Baseball Draft on June 9. Wilcox was picked by the Seattle Mariners 185th overall. Wilcox, a right-handed starter, recently completed his junior year at Bryant. He posted a 7-3 record in 14 starts. In 80 2/3 innings pitched, he struck out 50 batters and had an earned run average of 3.24.
Newtown High School’s golf teams competed in state championships this week. The boys’ squad, with a score of 327, tied for 12 in the Division I match, won by Ridgefield (313), at the par 72 Timberlin Golf Club in Berlin, on June 8. The girls’ championship took place at the par 74 Orange Hills Country Club, on June 9, and the Nighthawks placed fifth, shooting a 384. In the State Open girls’ tennis tournament, held at Yale University in New Haven this week, the Nighthawks had four players on the courts.
Newtown High School’s Lauren Russo tied for fifth in the track and field State Open, at Willowbrook Park, in New Britain, on June 8. Russo pole vaulted 10 feet, and qualified for the New England championships, set to take place in Saco, Maine, on June 13. The Nighthawks had some other notable performances in various events.
Sandy Hook-based LOF Adaptive Skiers is inviting area residents to participate or volunteer as the organization enters its 2015 season. LOF hosts adaptive water sports events teaching waterskiing and wakeboarding for children, adults, and veterans with disabilities or special needs. “Our clinics are personal, professional, fun, safe, and designed to enhance independence, confidence and physical fitness through adaptive water sports,” said LOF Executive Director Joel Zeisler. “Whether you’re new to adaptive water sports or a seasoned athlete, you can expect quality programs from great instructors tailored to help you meet and exceed your goals,” Mr Zeisler said.
Newtown Parks and Recreation Department and NYA Sports & Fitness Center announce the Mad Dash Adventure Race will be held on Saturday, June 13, at Fairfield Hills, with the first flight commencing at 8:30 am. The fourth annual Mad Dash offers the ultimate in fitness adventure in which participants run, jump, crawl, carry, and climb their way through the scenic Fairfield Hills Campus, utilizing both its natural topography as well as manmade structures. This fun but challenging course includes physical challenges, running, and skilled events.
Newtown High School’s softball team saw its state playoff run end in 3-2 loss to host Darien, in the Class LL quarterfinals, on June 5. The sixth-seeded Nighthawks couldn’t overcome a 3-0 deficit despite putting some pressure on the third-seeded Blue Wave by scoring twice in the fifth inning and putting the potential tying run on base in the seventh.
This was a tough loss for Newtown Coach Bob Guererra and company to take given the Darien benefitted from miscues in the field to score each of its runs.
It’s on to the Class LL state tournament quarterfinals for Newtown High School’s softball team. The sixth-seeded Nighthawks defeated No. 11 Westhill of Stamford 7-2 in the second round, at Newtown High, on June 4. With the win, the Nighthawks will visit third-seeded Darien in the quarterfinals, on Friday, June 5. In the second-round softball contest, the Nighthawks erased a 2-1 deficit with three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, and tacked on three more in the fifth to give pitcher Lauren Wilcox some breathing room. Newtown’s baseball team got a stellar pitching performance from Jason Hebner, but an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth broke a scoreless tie and sent No. 6 Shelton to a 1-0 win over the No. 11 Nighthawks in Class LL second-round play, also on June 4.
A pair of strong pitching efforts lifted Newtown High School’s softball and baseball teams to first-round state tournament victories, at home, on June 3. Meanwhile, the Nighthawk boys’ lacrosse team saw its season come to an end in a setback to New Milford on the same afternoon. Gillian Galante did the pitching, and her teammates provided plenty of offensive fireworks – scoring a 15 runs to be exact – in the sixth-seeded softball team’s run-rule, six-inning triumph over No. 27 Glastonbury. The Nighthawks rolled to a 15-0 victory in this Class L game as Galante struck out nine batters and allowed only a pair of hitters to reach base. Catcher Emily Woznick erased one of them with a throw to catch a would-be base stealer.
This afternoon’s state tournament boys’ lacrosse game between Newtown High School and New Milford High, originally to have been played in New Milford, will now be played at Brookfield High School. 45 Long Meadow Hill Road. The start time remains the same, 4:30 pm. According to an announcement on the New Milford Public Schools website, all after school activities have been canceled due to a possible threat which the New Milford and state police are investigating.
Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ track and field squads participated in the Class LL state championships, at New Britain’s Willow Brook Park, on June 2. The girls placed fifth, with 43.25 points, among 22 schools to score; Staples of Westport, with 84, won the competition. In the boys’ meet, Newtown was 16th with 12 points; Ridgefield scored 102 to claim first place.