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  • Nighthawks’ Furious Comeback Bid Falls A Couple Yards Short

    Newtown High School’s football team nearly erased a three-touchdown deficit but came up just short in a tough-to-swallow 35-33 loss to visiting Ridgefield in their Class LL state playoff quarterfinal round game at Blue & Gold Stadium on December 3.

  • NHS Football Update: Nighthawks Will Not Play December 14 If They Reach State Finals

    The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) Football Committee has approved a request from Newtown High Athletic Director Gregg Simon that if the Nighthawks advance to the Class LL title game, it will be played Friday, December 13. The CIAC typically schedules one championship on Friday and the remaining three on Saturday. With December 14 being the first anniversary of the events of 12/14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Mr Simon had requested a change of game date for his team.

  • State Football Playoff Opener At NHS

    Newtown High School’s football team will host Ridgefield in the quarterfinal round of the Class LL state playoffs at Blue & Gold Stadium tonight (December 3). Kickoff is set for 6:30 pm. Admission is $5 for students and $8 for adults.

  • Schwartz Leads Way In Turkey Trot As Runners Earn Their Stuffing

    Runners braved the cold — temperatures were in the 20s but it felt like the teens with the wind chill factor — to participate in the Fourth Annual Turkey Trot Road Race on Thanksgiving morning. Newtown’s Zach Schwartz earned first place by completing the hilly course in a time of 15:50.70. The course started at Hawley Elementary School, and included a downhill stretch on Main Street past the flagpole, and the finish at Newtown Middle School. A steep hill on Schoolhouse Road at the start of the course and another long hill on Grand Place at the end of the course made the competitors earn their stuffing — along with everything else on the table for their traditional feasts — by running the 3.1-mile course. The top finishers — including age category winners — took home trophies and large pumpkin pies during an awards ceremony. Proceeds from the 5K run through town benefit the Cyrenius H Booth Library. Results may be found at thelastmileracing.com.

  • Gold Carries Hawks Through Rain To Unbeaten Regular Season

    There haven’t been any defenses that have managed to stop the running game of Cooper Gold this fall. Add the Masuk Panthers, even with the assistance of Mother Nature providing difficult footing on Masuk’s natural surface during a steady light rainfall, to that list. Gold rushed for more than 250 yards — most of which came in the first half alone — and scored five touchdowns to lift the visiting Newtown High School football team to a 42-7 triumph over the Panthers on November 26.

  • ‘From Couch Potato To Second Team All Conference’

    For some, the idea of playing a game or being in a competition involves clicking a controller and moving virtual athletes around a screen. For Grandon Smith, once exclusively a video gamer, his competition of choice now is running — and he’s quickly emerged as a standout on the course and track. Having picked up running only a little more than a year ago, Smith has made some big strides, becoming the No. 2 runner on Newtown High School’s cross country team this past fall.

  • Football Game Moved To Tuesday, November 26

    The Annual Newtown-Masuk football game, traditionally held on Thanksgiving Eve, has been pushed up a day and two hours earlier to Tuesday, November 26, because of expected heavy rain and wind.

  • Champs Again! NHS Football Team Wins Another SWC Crown

    The celebration, all things considered, was somewhat subdued — no player pile-on after the final whistle, or water jug bath for the coach. Members of Newtown High School’s football team, nonetheless, left Brookfield High’s turf as the proud owners of the conference trophy yet again. The Nighthawks pulled away for 28-7 triumph over the Bobcats in the South-West Conference title game on November 21, claiming their second SWC crown in a row, in their fourth straight appearance in the pinnacle game.

  • Newtown Turkey Trot On Verge Of Selling Out

    The Fourth Annual Turkey Trot 5K Road Race supporting Newtown’s Booth Library is selling out quickly. Well over half of the 1,000 spots for the running course are filled; last year the race sold out. Those who are interested in running are strongly encouraged to register soon by visiting www.newtownturkeytrot.com.

  • Rocca Continues To Put His Stamp On Youth Baseball

    As what’s left of the fallen leaves crunch under feet, mornings are welcomed (or unwelcomed) by frost, and light snow begins to flurry into the forecasts, baseball is far from being on the forefront of people’s minds. But this time of year remains extremely busy for those behind the scenes of the summertime game of balls and strikes — just ask Newtown’s Frank Rocca. He has been involved in administrative aspects of the game, locally, for the better part of two decades, and was recently named Babe Ruth Baseball state commissioner. “We are more busy now than ever,” said Rocca, who is in the process of scheduling summer tournaments for Connecticut’s many rising baseball stars. Rocca, during his two-year term, plans to continue to lead in the efforts to make the game a positive experience for up-and-coming ball players, something he’s done — sometimes at the angst of select parents but always for the betterment of the growth and development of the children, he believes — since he started coaching his own children back in 1985.