After a 12-7 setback to nonconference foe Conard at Blue & Gold Stadium on April 19, Coach Glenn Adams’ viewpoint was that if his Newtown High School’s boys’ lacrosse team’s first loss was just a “bump in the road,” and his team rebounded, there was nothing to worry about. Fast forward a couple of days to the team’s return to South-West Conference play and a visit to Pomperaug of Southbury. Newtown didn’t allow that bump to turn into a bouncy ride, and won 12-3.
Locked up in a tight battle at Blue & Gold Stadium on April 17, Newtown High School’s girls’ lacrosse team pulled away in the second half for a 15-9 triumph over Weston. Newtown led just 8-7 after Weston logged two of the first three second-half goals before the Nighthawks went on a 7-2 run in the final 20 minutes of action.
Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ tennis teams both earned 6-1 wins over New Milford — the girls at home and the boys on the road — on April 16. They each picked up victories over Immaculate of Danbury on April 21. The boys won 6-1 at home and the girls were 5-2 victors in the Hat City. The girls were 3-2 and the boys were 3-1 going into the final week of action in April.
Newtown High School’s baseball team, in its sixth game of the spring, picked up its first win — toppling host Oxford 15-9 on April 21. The teams combined for 30 hits (15 apiece) and eight errors in a wild contest that featured eight opening-inning runs. Newtown carried a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the first, but trailed 5-3 heading into the second inning. Oxford led 7-4 going to the fourth, but Newtown put up six runs to turn a three-run deficit into a three-run advantage, and never looked back.
Opening Day of the trout fishing season, Saturday, April 19, brought fishermen out to the are lakes, ponds, and streams to hook their worms, cast their lines, and reel in some lunch — or just catch to throw back. Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced early in April that it expected to stock almost 390,000 trout — more than 200 truckloads — into 100 lakes and ponds, and 194 rivers and streams in time for Opening Day. Taunton Lake, Newtown Fish & Game Club’s primary source for fishing, drew men, women, and children throughout the morning and afternoon. Some fishermen tried their luck from along the shore, and others basked in the warm sun from their boats while waiting for a bite.
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced early in April that it expects to stock almost 390,000 trout in waters across the state in time for April 19 Opening Day of the trout fishing season — despite challenges posed by extended winter conditions this year.
Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ tennis teams kicked off the spring campaign this past week. The girls’ squad fell to host Weston 5-2 in the season opener on April 9, earned a rain-shortened 4-0 victory over visiting New Fairfield on April 11, and fell 4-3 at Bunnell of Stratford on April 14. The boys began play on the road against a tough Joel Barlow of Redding squad on April 9, and hung close in a 4-3 loss.
Even a ninth straight South-West Conference championship didn’t fully heal the wound New Fairfield left the Newtown High School girls’ lacrosse team with last spring. The Rebels, during the 2013 regular season, ended Newtown’s six-plus season winning streak against conference opponents. The Nighthawks avenged that setback with a come-from-behind 11-8 win over the Rebels at rainy Blue & Gold Stadium on April 11.