It was only a matter of time before the hardworking Nighthawks came out on the winning end. After four close-call setbacks, Newtown High School’s boys’ basketball team pulled out a nail-biting victory, edging visiting Trumbull 63-61 for its first win of the season, on January 4. Maybe it took the turn of the calendar — this was Newtown’s first clash of the New Year — perhaps it was the matchup, or a fortuitous bounce or rim-roller here or there. In the eyes of Newtown Coach Tim Tallcouch, whose squad lost games by two, four, and nine (on two occasions) points, his team may have just needed to find a find a way to pull through in a tight battle.
Newtown High School’s hockey team ended the calendar year with a 6-3 win over Lyman Hall-Haddam Killingworth at Danbury Ice Arena on December 31. The Nighthawks, including a 4-0 loss to Westhill of Stamford on December 28 — a game in which goaltender Patrick McLoughlin made 24 saves — begin the season with a 2-1-1 record.
Newtown High School’s boys’ basketball team has certainly been competitive in its four games of the season, but the team is yet to get that first taste of victory. The Nighthawks dropped each game by a single-digit margin, falling by just two points in the season opener against New Fairfield. Although the first contest was the closest on the early season, Newtown Coach Tim Tallcouch has seen progress from game to game. “I think we’ve improved every game that we’ve played,” Tallcouch said after a 59-50 setback to visiting Kolbe Cathedral of Bridgeport on December 30. “The kids work hard and that’s all I could ask for.”
Newtown High School’s wrestling team, after battling with Bristol Eastern on December 26, competed in the Danbury Holiday Invitational on December 28. The Nighthawks (with 139 points) placed fifth in the 14-team invitational, won by Danbury (224).
From great individual efforts — including record-setting performances — to thrilling team achievements — such as championship triumphs — 2013 had it all in the Newtown sports world. As we bid farewell to ’13 and turn the calendars — and our attention to the games ahead — to 2014, here’s a sampling of some of the many great accomplishments that took place on the Newtown playing surfaces during the past 12 months. From Mike Daubert’s early-January buzzer-beating 3-pointer to propel the Newtown High School boys’ basketball team to a remarkable victory to the Newtown High football team’s second consecutive South-West Conference championship, and everything in between, there were numerous exciting moments that will be remembered for years to come.
Almost 200 cyclists gathered at Fairfield Hills on a bright clear Saturday, December 21, to take part in the first Newtown Cyclocross, a cross-country bicycling competition held in the late months of the year that challenged participants to ride across a range of terrain — Newtown Cyclocross was a joint project of the Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program (CCAP) and Team 26. The event raised funds for both groups. CCAP is a Middletown-based private, nonprofit group that seeks a create a support system for youth development in the sport of cycling. Team 26 is a group of 26 cyclists who promote gun control in the wake of 12/14.
CrossFit RedZone, at 31 Pecks Lane, will host its Second Annual Sandy Hook Victim Relief Fundraiser on Saturday, January 4. Last year, CrossFit RedZone raised over $100,000 with the help of over 1,000 participants. Donations went to the Sandy Hook PTSA. This year, they aim to top the generous donations with all proceeds going to the UConn Sandy Hook Memorial Scholarship Fund. The scholarship fund will support the college costs for siblings of those killed in the tragedy, the dependents of the adults who also lost their lives, as well as students currently enrolled at the elementary school who are accepted to the university. The workout, to be completed with a partner, is a 10-minute CrossFit WOD (Workout Of the Day). Workouts will be running from 9 am until 6 pm.
Newtown High School’s wrestling team was invited to participate in the annual Fairfield Ludlowe Invitational tournament as one of three new challenging teams for the host Falcons to tangle with on the mats. The objective, for the Falcons, was to face tough competition to get better. Mission accomplished — the Nighthawks not only proved to be a difficult foe, but they dethroned the two-time champion Falcons. Newtown had five individual champions among seven finalists en route to taking top honors in the 12-team tourney on December 21.