Newtown High School’s girls’ basketball team held visiting Conard of West Hartford to just a dozen second-half points on the way to a 45-37 victory in the first round of the Class LL state tournament on March 4. The Nighthawks, seeded 14th in the bracket, trailed only once in the second half before advancing past the Chieftains. The Hawks had four players in double figures as Olyvia Shaw poured in 12 points, Mali Klorczyk scored 11 points, and Haley Ryan and Lauren Wilcox both dropped in ten. Kelly Merrick added a basket and blocked five shots. Shaw and Klorczyk had 12 and eight rebounds, respectively, and Sarah Lynch dished out nine assists. The Nighthawks sank six 3-pointers — two apiece by Klorczyk, Ryan, and Wilcox.
Newtown High School’s gymnastics team placed seventh in the Class L state championship meet, at Pomperaug High in Southbury, on February 28. The Nighthawks scored 125.375 points; Southington won the competition with a score of 139.125. Anna Jannott had the best score on the balance beam, a 9.025, among competitors from all eight schools. She also scored an 8.4 on the vault, a 7.925 on the bars, and an 8.825 for her floor exercise.
Newtown High School’s girls’ basketball team’s Class LL state tournament first round game, originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 3, has been postponed because of an anticipated winter storm. Newtown will host Conard at 5 pm on Wednesday, March 4.
There wasn’t much, if any, question as to which team was the best in all of the state. But Newtown High School’s wrestling team put to rest any doubts there may have been by earning the State Open championship, at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven, on February 28. The Nighthawks had a pair of individual champions as sophomores Joe Accousti, in the 152 pound weight division, and Anthony Falbo, at 170, took home titles. This marked the second State Open triumph in as many chances for Falbo.
Newtown High School’s boys’ basketball team dropped a 55-45 decision to host Joel Barlow of Redding in the South-West Conference Tournament quarterfinals on February 27. The third-seeded Falcons broke open a four-point lead midway through the fourth quarter to advance to the semifinals. Sixth-seeded Newtown got 11 points each from Will Dalton and Jacob Burden, nine points from Charlie Huegi, seven from Jeremy Doski, four from Harry Depuy, and three from Tom Cotton.
The postseason is wrapping up for one sport and getting going for another as wrestling and basketball playoffs continue this weekend. Newtown High School’s wrestling team, coming off South-West Conference and Class LL state championships, is going for a State Open crown. The event is slated to start at 4:30 pm on Friday, February 27, and conclude with the finals, beginning at 5:30 pm, on Saturday, February 28. All competition unfolds on the mats at the Floyd Little Athletic Center on 480 Sherman Parkway in New Haven. On the hardwood, Newtown High’s boys’ basketball team begins postseason action on Friday, February 27, when the sixth-seeded Nighthawks visit Joel Barlow, 100 Black Rock Turnpike in Redding, for a 7 pm South-West Conference quarterfinal round game.
Newtown High School’s boys’ swimming and diving team defeated Joel Barlow of Redding 95-70 on Senior Night, February 18. The team is now gearing up — really tapering and shaving — for the start of the postseason. Newtown Coach Zach Gauvin said his team swam a lot of season-best times in the regular-season finale — a good sign given the swimmers hadn’t begun the annual workout taper and body shave to be at their best for the postseason.
Come-from-behind efforts have become commonplace for Newtown High School’s girls’ basketball team, but the Nighthawks outdid themselves in a pair of thrilling South-West Conference tournament games this week. Unfortunately for the Hawks, ultimately they were outdone by the opposition. The Nighthawks trailed by as many as 13 points in the second half, and a dozen in the fourth quarter, before coming back to force overtime, and eventually double OT, then finally succumbing to visiting Notre Dame-Fairfield 79-74 in the semifinals on February 24.
Newtown High School’s boys’ basketball team lost a 46-45 overtime heart-breaker at Stratford High, during Stratford’s Senior Night, in the regular-season finale on February 24. The end result is that the Nighthawks, 13-7 overall, finish as one of four teams with 8-5 records in South-West Conference play and, as a result of head-to-head matchups and tiebreakers, are the No. 6 seed and will visit third-seeded Joel Barlow of Redding in the SWC tournament quarterfinals. The teams will meet at 7 pm on Friday, February 27.