Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ indoor track and field teams competed in the Yale Classic Invitational in New Haven on January 16 and 17, and participated in the South-West Conference Developmental meet at Wesleyan University in Middletown on January 19. At the Yale Invitational, the girls’ team’s 4x800 relay team of Erin Tressler, Emma Bayuk, Camryn Cicarelli, and Jess Keller, set a school record by completing the race in a time of 10:07.53.
A blocked shot, steal, go-ahead basket, and drawn charge in the waning seconds helped the host Newtown High School boys’ basketball team overcome a game-long deficit to shock Notre Dame-Fairfield 44-43 on January 20. The Nighthawks won their seventh game in a row.
Aspetuck Valley Rugby Club caters to boys ranging from age 8 through those in high school, from Newtown and area towns. The club fields teams for U10, 12, 14, 16, and 18, and half of the games are played on its home field in Redding.
Newtown High School’s hockey team pulled out a 7-6 win over Horace Greeley of New York in a battle at Danbury Ice Arena on January 17. The NHS wrestling team was also in action, and won the Eagle Classic in Manchester behind Matt Gonzalez’s 100th career win, and a trio of Newtown football players were recently honored. On the ice, the Nighthawks were involved in their fourth one-goal nail-biter this winter. Newtown is 3-1 in such games and 3-5 overall. The latest was decided in the final minute as Devin Marsh scored his second goal of the game to break a 6-6 tie with just 46 seconds remaining. On the mats, the wrestlers remain perfect in five tournaments this season. Gonzalez joins teammates James Leuci and Luca Crudo in the 100 win club.
The organizers of the Sandy Hook 5K announce the third annual race to honor the memories of the victims and support those affected by the tragic events of 12/14 will take place on Saturday, March 28. The race will be at Fairfield Hills, beginning at 8:15 am, with staggered kid fun runs and 9 am for the 5K. Online registration will open on the official race website at 4 pm Sunday, January 18. Proceeds will benefit The Collaborative Recovery Fund, which pays out-of-pocket mental health expenses for those eligible who have been impacted by 12/14.
Newtown High School’s girls’ basketball team battled past visiting Bethel 43-39, on January 16, for consecutive win number four. The Nighthawks improved to 8-2 overall and 4-0 in South-West Conference play; the Wildcats slipped to 4-7. It was a physical-at-times, defensive-minded contest. The Nighthawks, ahead 19-17 at halftime, and 28-27 after three quarters, finally pulled away in the waning minutes. Bethel had just one second-half lead, at 23-22, but hung close until the finish. Mali Klorczyk sank a 3-pointer, despite being fouled, to snap a 24-24 tie, only to see the Wildcats even the score before Klorczyk hit one free throw for a lead the Nighthawks managed to maintain the rest of the way. In the fourth, the Nighthawks put together a 7-2 run to break open a 30-28 nail-biter for a seven-point advantage. Lauren Wilcox hit one of two free throws, Klorczyk finished a fast break, despite a foul and made it 33-28 with 6:09 to play. She missed the free throw but Wilcox forced a held ball and Newtown had the possession arrow in its favor and cashed in. Klorczyk took an inbound pass under the basket and scored to extend the lead to 35-28. Sarah Lynch answered a pair of Bethel free throws to reclaim Newtown’s seven-point lead with 5:16 to go. The Wildcats used a 7-1 run to close to within 38-37 with 2:10 left. The Hawks struggled from the free throw line – making just 7 of 19 attempts in the fourth quarter alone, and 12 of 35 in the game – but hit enough freebees down the stretch to fend off the Wildcats.
Newtown High School’s wrestling team continued its winning ways, earning a 76-0 win at Stratford on January 14. The high school hockey team lost 9-3 to the New Fairfield-Immaculate of Danbury squad at Danbury Ice Arena the same night. Newtown High’s girls’ basketball team posted its second third straight victories with a 54-24 victory over Weston on January 12 and a 65-51 win at Brookfield the next night. The boys’ swimming and diving team was victorious in its third straight meet, toppling New Milford 96-74, on January 13. Newtown’s gymnastics team had its second competition of the season, at New Milford on January 13.
Newtown High School’s wrestling team won the Greater Hartford Open on January 10. Newtown scored 296.5 points to defeat ten opponents. Second-place New Milford had 184.5, and third-place Greenwich scored 142.5. The Nighthawks had 11 finalists, 10 champions, and 13 of 14 weight division grapplers among the top three. Newtown highlights from the finals of the Hartford tourney are as follows: 106: Tom Leuci pinned Foran of Milford’s Gino Esposito in 3:48. 113: Luca Crudo earned a 1-0 decision over New Milford’s Mel Ortiz. 126: Ed Lovely pinned New Milford’s Tyler Schultz in 1:08. 132: Matt Gonzalez pinned Newington’s Rafael Anderson in 0:41. 138: James Leuci earned a 17-4 decision over Greenwich’s Mike Ceci. 145: Alex Stavola earned an 8-1 decision over Wethersfield’s Brendan Livingston.
The host Newtown High School boys’ basketball team used the fast-break—repeated transition baskets, many of which came off steals – to break Brookfield’s season-opening six-game winning streak with a 58-48 victory on January 13. While one stretch of victories came to an end, another continued. With the win, the Nighthawks made it five straight games without a loss and improved to 6-2. This was Newtown’s South-West Conference opener. Will Dalton led Newtown with 22 points, Jeremy Doski scored ten, Harry Depuy scored eight, Jacob Burden had seven, Charlie Huegi contributed five, and Mason Melillo and Dillon Palumbo each added three. Doski and Huegi had nine and seven assists, respectively. Depuy had six steals, and Huegi came away with five steals. Doski and Depuy each grabbed six rebounds, and Dalton pulled down five.
Members of Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ indoor track teams competed in the Elm City Coaches Invite at Hillhouse High School in New Haven on January 10. The girls' and boys' squads had South-West Conference and Class LL state championship qualifiers and several competitors who improved their postseason qualification times.