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.
Personal best times up and down the Newtown High School boys’ swim team’s lineup not only helped the Nighthawks to a fourth-place finish in the March 6 South-West Conference championships at Masuk High in Monroe, but also gave Coach Zach Gauvin plenty of positive signs and, thus, things to say about his team as the competitors head into the state finals.
The tipoff time for Newtown High School’s boys’ basketball team’s Class LL state tournament first round game has been changed. The Nighthawks will host Kennedy of Waterbury at 6 pm tonight, Monday, March 9. The game was originally scheduled for 7 pm. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students. Newtown is the tournament’s No. 16 seed and Kennedy is the No. 17 team in the bracket.
Newtown High School’s wrestling team put forth a valiant effort in the New England championship competition in North Andover, Mass., March 6-7, and placed second among 169 schools. Newtown had two finalists and four grapplers among the top five to compile 84 points. Mt Anthony of Vermont won the meet with 122.5 points. Runner-up finishes by Luca Crudo in the 113 pound weight division and Anthony Falbo at 170 led the way for the Nighthawks.
The Harlem Wizards returned to Newtown High School on Sunday, February 22, to perform a comedy basketball game against a team of Newtown teachers and school staff to raise money for the district’s PTSA and PTAs. Head O’ Meadow physical education teacher Steve Dreger coached the Newtown team, called, “Newtown Teachers Unite,” and said, following the event, that the game was a “blowout.” However, Coach Dreger added that the audience responded throughout the game and everyone had fun.
Newtown High School’s Tommy Horan won the 100 yard backstroke race at the South-West Conference championship swim meet, at Masuk High on March 6. Horan made his final touch in a time of 54.74, cutting nearly three seconds from his season’s best time of 57.83. The Nighthawks scored 331.50 points to place fourth as a team behind first-place Pomperaug of Southbury (663), Brookfield (522.50), and Weston (390). On the wrestling mats, the Nighthawks are battling in the New England championships in North Andover, Mass.
Newtown High School’s girls’ basketball team’s Class LL state playoff second round contest, on the road against Mercy of Middletown, will take place at 5 pm tonight, March 6. The game was originally listed to have a 7 pm start time as is listed in The Bee’s March 6 print edition coverage of Nighthawks. Also tonight, the South-West Conference boys’ swimming championships will unfold at Masuk High in Monroe, beginning a 6 pm.