he Nighthawks kept piling up the high-percentage scoring opportunities, only to have Bunnell of Stratford goalkeeper Jeremy Proto make saves or see their shots sail just wide in a boys’ soccer clash at Blue & Gold Stadium on September 30. Finally, about 14 minutes into the second half, a cross attempt by Newtown’s Grant Ricketts ricocheted off a diving Proto and into the net. That fluky goal proved to be the difference as Newtown High School’s booters ended a mini two-game losing skid in a 1-0 win.
Newtown High School’s girls’ soccer team had easily its toughest test of the campaign in a September 26 visit to unbeaten Joel Barlow of Redding. The Nighthawks suffered a 1-0 setback for their first regular-season loss since October of 2011, but the Hawks bounced back with a 5-1 win over visiting New Fairfield two days later. Newtown then tied host Bunnell of Stratford 1-1 on September 30 to carry a 6-1-1 record into an October 3 clash with New Milford.
Newtown High School’s volleyball team extended its winning streak to six with a trio of triumphs this past week. The Nighthawks improved to 7-2 overall with wins over Brookfield, New Milford, and Kolbe Cathedral of Bridgeport.
After seeing its season-opening five-game unbeaten streak come to an end and enduring consecutive losses, Newtown High School’s field hockey team got back on the winning track. The Nighthawks, following a 2-1 setback to New Milford on September 24 and a 4-0 loss at New Fairfield two days later, blanked Weston 2-0 at Blue & Gold Stadium on September 27.
Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team improved to 3-2 with an 87.5-80.5 victory over visiting New Milford on September 27. The Nighthawks sealed the win with three events to go, and exhibitioned those final few races.
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver Richie Pallai, Jr, and the Stafford Motor Speedway recognized the efforts of the Sandy Hook first responders who were on hand to serve as grand marshals of the track’s SK Modified feature event on September 29.
The girls defeated Joel Barlow of Redding 24-33, Brookfield 16-45, and Stratford 15-50. The Nighthawks were led by the one-two finish of standouts Brianne Moulder and Hannah Schwartz, who completed the 3.1-mile course with times of 20:25 and 20:46. Kiera Elkow was sixth in 22:14.
Not that members of Newtown High School’s football team won't gladly take their first two triumphs — after all, a win’s a win — but they were much more pleased with the overall performance in the third tilt of the season. Newtown got its most complete-game effort of the young campaign in a 35-7 thumping of host Brookfield, under the lights, on September 27.
The local vintage nine closed out its ninth regular season on a recent Saturday as the Newtown Sandy Hooks vintage base ball team swept a doubleheader from the 1884 Providence Grays on a spectacular day at Fort Adams in Newport, RI. The annual event in America’s First Resort is a highlight of Newtown’s season and all hands greet the day with vigor and expectation.
Charlotte Gray says her favorite part about competing with the Newtown High School swimming and diving team is the connection she has with her teammates. The senior captain recently used that and another connection she has — one with challenged swimmers — to help raise money for Special Olympics.