Running a race can be a rewarding and/or challenging experience for those who lace up their sneakers, but for participants of the Sandy Hook 5K — held in honor of those whose lives were lost on 12/14 — this event has unique significance, especially for those from Newtown. “Being from this town, it’s heartbreaking to have happen what happened,” said Sandy Hook’s Rachel Gottmeier, moments after crossing the finish line as the top female finisher at the March 29 race, which started and finished at Fairfield Hills. Gottmeier, 35, came in 14th overall, crossing the finish line in a time of 21:13.
Every athlete of organized team sports in Newtown can stay here in town to practice and compete — every one except for hockey players. The youth skaters hit the ice in surrounding towns, including Danbury, and Newtown High School’s hockey team’s “home” ice is at Danbury Ice Arena.
Newtown High School’s wrestling team, winner of the Class LL state championship, earned recognition from the Connecticut High School Coaches Association at its All-State Wrestling Banquet, held recently at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville. The Nighthawks were selected as the team of the year among competition from all four class sizes. Chris Bray earned Head Coach of the Year accolades, and Mike McKeever took home Assistant Coach of the Year honors in the Class LL division.
The Fairfield County Captains baseball program, which offers teams ranging from 10 and under to 18 and under, will begin the spring season in the coming weeks. The organization was founded as a non-profit organization by John Klages in 2010. It started out with one team and has grown throughout the years. The program is a member of the American Association of Baseball Congress (AABC) and the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) ,and attends various tournaments each year.
He didn’t score the game-winning goal in Saturday’s Division III state hockey championship game — but he made a gutsy, determined play to help set it up. He didn’t play his freshman, sophomore, or junior years for Newtown High School — yet has made among the biggest, perhaps the most significant, on-ice impacts on the program in its 13-year history.
Tennis Made Simple, led by Certified Tennis Professional Val Stoiana, provides camps, private lessons, and classes, geared toward children and adults of all levels and abilities. The five-week spring sessions starts the week of March 31 at The Heritage Hotel in Southbury. Adults may enroll in the new player group lesson special — ten classes for $100.
Newtown High School’s hockey team turned a bad break at the beginning of the game – standout senior Dan Harrison suffering a broken wrist on his first shift – into a good break. Freshman Scott McLean, inserted into Harrison’s spot at center on the second line, netted the game-winning goal in sudden death overtime in the Division III state championship at Yale University’s Ingalls Rink on March 22. The bracket’s second-seeded Nighthawks went to a 2-1 victory over No. 4 EO Smith-Tolland for the program's first state title.
Newtown High School’s hockey team will compete for the Division III state championship at Yale University’s Ingalls Rink in New Haven on Saturday, March 22. The Nighthawks, seeded second in the bracket, will oppose No. 4 EO Smith-Tolland at 10 am — the second of three Connecticut hockey championships on the slate for the weekend.
The thrill of putting on a uniform, being part of a team, and playing a game, or cheering during halftime, in front of fans is something many athletes get to experience and, perhaps, take for granted. Now, thanks to the efforts of Newtown High School students and faculty alike, some girls and boys — those with special needs who hadn’t previously been afforded this opportunity — are in the game. Newtown High School, this past winter season, offered Unified Sports teams, comprising students with special needs coached by peers and teachers.
Newtown High School’s boys’ swimming and diving team came in sixth in the Class LL state championships. After the diving finals took place March 12 in Hamden, the swimming events concluded March 19 at Wesleyan University in Middletown. The Nighthawks scored 252 points and were only four in back of fifth-place Manchester. Greenwich, with 913, was first among 21 schools to score in the championships.