Newtown High School hosted the first Special Olympics Unified Sports South-West Conference Tournament on March 18. The event brought together unified sports basketball teams from host Newtown, as well as Joel Barlow of Redding, Bethel, and Bunnell of Stratford. Following a parade of athletes, Julia Bogdanoff sang the National Anthem. Each of the squads followed with The Unified Sports Oath, led by Garrett Fitzpatrick: “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” Then the games began.
Newtown High School’s boys’ swimming and diving team participated in the Class LL state championships at Wesleyan University on March 17. The Nighthawks scored 137 points and placed 14th among 21 teams to score in the meet. Greenwich, with 836, was the winner. The Nighthawks had some strong performances.
March Madness isn’t all about filling out NCAA tournament brackets and watching potential NBA stars in action. Newtown Youth Basketball Association’s up-and-coming cagers are playing in postseason games as well. Throughout the afternoons on Saturday and Sunday, March 14 and 15, girls and boys in fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grade are concluding their seasons in All Star and championship contests at the Newtown High School court.
Interested in a hockey rink right here in Newtown? Hockey and skating enthusiasts are seeking support for a rink in town. Kraft Hockeyville is looking for America’s most passionate hockey community, and its webpage indicates that the winning community will receive $150,000 toward a rink. Newtown skaters travel to Danbury Ice Arena for home games and practices.
Newtown High School’s boys’ basketball team saw its season come to an end in an 80-49 loss to host Fairfield Prep in the second round of the Class LL state tournament on March 11. The No. 16 Nighthawks hung close with top-seeded Prep and trailed by just nine points at halftime after trailing by as many as a dozen in the second stanza.
It was a rematch of last year’s championship game, but the circumstances were far different this time around. Matched up against top-seeded EO Smith-Tolland in the first round of the Division III state tournament on March 9, the No. 16 Newtown High School’s hockey team — which qualified for the playoffs thanks to a wild win in their regular-season finale — were outmatched and suffered a 10-0 defeat on the University of Connecticut campus in Storrs. Just getting into the playoffs, however, was a nice accomplishment for the defending state champs given that their roster was all but completely gutted by graduation last spring.
Runners and walkers are invited to flood the streets of Milford on Saturday, March 21, to honor the memory of James Mattioli on the weekend of his birthday. Proceeds from the race will benefit The James R. Mattioli Scholarship Fund, set up by James’s parents, Cindy and Mark Mattioli. Two scholarships will be awarded this spring, at Milford’s two public high schools — Jonathan Law High School and Joseph Foran High School — in memory of James.
Newtown High School’s boys’ basketball team topped visiting Kennedy of Waterbury 56-54 in the opening round of the Class LL state tournament on March 9. Harry Depuy and Will Dalton both scored 16 points, Jacob Burden scored 12, Jeremy Doski had eight, and Charlie Huegi and Tom Cotton each added two in the win. The Nighthawks advance to the second round and will face top-seeded Fairfield Prep, on the road, at 7 pm on Wednesday, March 11.
A tremendous season of high-level success came to a conclusion for Newtown High School’s wrestling team on March 7. The Nighthawks put forth a valiant effort in the two-day New England championship competition in North Andover, Mass., and placed second among 169 schools representing Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Newtown had two finalists and four grapplers among the top five to compile 84 points. Mount Anthony of Vermont won the meet with 122.5 points.