As tough as it was for the Newtown High School field hockey team to come up a goal short in the state playoff opener on November 4, the season — on the whole — can be looked at as a success for its coach and players. The Nighthawks saw their overall rewarding campaign come to an end in a 1-0 defeat to Westhill of Stamford in the Class L qualifying round at Blue & Gold Stadium.
Newtown’s fourth grade football team defeated Shelton 13-7 to claim the Colonial League Orange Bowl championship this past week. The Nighthawks defeated New Milford 27-7 in playoff action the week before, to earn a berth in the title game.
A couple of great chances turned away by the opposing team’s defense — one from right on the goal line — and a rebound goal by the Wreckers were the difference in the Newtown High School boys’ soccer team’s state tournament loss to visiting Staples of Westport on November 7.
Newtown High School’s girls’ volleyball team saw its season come to an end in the second round of the Class LL state tournament on November 7. The tenth-seeded Nighthawks traveled to No. 7 Simsbury and the hosts prevailed 3-1 (25-22, 25-17, 17-25, 25-15) to advance to the quarterfinals.
Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team placed fifth among 13 schools to compete in the South-West Conference championships this past week. The diving competition took place on October 30 and the swim finals were held on November 2 — both at Masuk High School in Monroe
Newtown High School’s boys’ soccer team blanked visiting New Britain 2-0 in the first round of the Class LL State Tournament at Blue & Gold Stadium on November 5 to earn a spot in the November 7 second-round clash with Staples of Westport.
Newtown High School’s girls’ volleyball team might have needed a perfect performance to have a legitimate shot at overcoming unbeaten Joel Barlow of Redding in the South-West Conference championship game at Weston High School on November 2. The Nighthawks put up a fight, but couldn’t upset the Falcons — the only SWC team to defeat the Hawks this fall. Barlow, after rolling to victories in the first two games of the pinnacle match, overcame a late four-point deficit to close out the victory in the third game for a 3-0 (25-12, 25-16, 25-22) triumph.
Newtown High School’s football team remained unbeaten with a 41-20 victory at New Fairfield on November 1. The win was highlighted by the efforts of quarterback Drew Tarantino who broke his own Newtown High School single season passing yardage record as well as the all-time NHS passing touchdowns record.
The loss of six players from last year’s squad certainly hasn’t slowed this year’s Newtown High School girls’ volleyball team. In fact, the Nighthawks have gone deeper in the conference tournament than they did a year ago.
Newtown High School’s boys’ soccer team saw its South-West Conference Tournament championship aspirations end in the title game the same way the team had kept its hopes alive in the tourney’s first round — via game-deciding penalty kicks following 100 minutes of scoreless soccer, which included a pair of ten-minute overtimes.