Soaring With the Eagles, a free camp for blind or visually impaired children, is being offered this year through the Leaps of Faith (LOF) Adaptive Skiers. LOF coordinators and volunteers will be hosting the innovative four-day adaptive water sports day camp in Sandy Hook for children ages 6-17 from June 24-27. “There are currently no multi-day adaptive waterski/wakeboard camps for visually impaired/blind children in the Northeast and we are very excited to be hosting this unique water sports camp,” said LOF Adaptive Skiers Executive Director Joel Zeisler. Openings for the free camp are still available; advance registration is required.
Newtown High School’s baseball and softball teams won Class LL state tournament first-round games on June 2. The baseball team, seeded 21st in its bracket, traveled to Greenwich and came from behind to defeat the No. 12 Cardinals, 3-2. The Nighthawks were down 2-0 in the sixth inning but rallied for three runs in the decisive frame. On the softball diamond, pitcher Lauren Wilcox tossed a one-hit shutout as the Hawks blanked host Trumbull 4-0.
The May 31 South-West Conference boys’ lacrosse championship game at Bunnell High School, between Newtown High School and the Brookfield Bobcats, was a hard-fought game on both sides. The second-seeded Newtown Nighthawks came out on top with the 10-8 win over No. 5 Brookfield. It was a comeback effort for Newtown, which quickly went down 4-0 in the first quarter. The Nighthawks quickly got it together and brought the score to 4-3 by the half.
When you’re talking about 70-something points, a mere half point isn’t much at all. For Newtown High School’s girls’ track and field team, it meant the difference between a runner-up finish and first place. Newtown scored 77 points and was edged by Weston (77.50) for first place in the 15-team South-West Conference championship meet at Bunnell High School on May 29. The Nighthawks were led by several standout performances, including Jenna Calandro who earned first place in the pole vault event.
Newtown High School’s golf team finished second to rival Pomperaug of Southbury in the South-West Conference championship meet at Danbury’s Ridgewood Country Club on May 30. Pomperaug shot a 309 in the 18-hole competition. Newtown had a 318.
SOUTHBURY – Not even being in the unfamiliar role as the underdog – albeit a slight one – could stop Newtown High School’s girls’ lacrosse team from coming out on top in the South-West Conference tournament. Second-seeded Newtown avenged a regular-season loss to No. 1 Brookfield to win the SWC’s Division I championship in a 12-8 triumph on the turf at Pomperaug High on May 29.
It was a close battle on Wednesday night in the South-West Conference Tournament semifinal game between Newtown High School’s girls’ lacrosse team and the visiting New Fairfield Rebels. It was a game of catch-up for New Fairfield until Newtown pulled away at the end of the game, earning a 13-11 win at Blue & Gold Stadium. Newtown, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, led No. 3 New Fairfield throughout nearly the entire game, starting fast with three quick goals within the first ten minutes.
For straight ten years, Maura Fletcher has not only coached the Newtown High School girls’ lacrosse team to success in the playoffs, but she’s gotten her Nighthawks into the South-West Conference finals every time. Fletcher, whose teams emerged victorious in each of the first nine SWC pinnacle games heading into the most recent title game (Thursday’s scheduled clash with top-seeded Brookfield) decided to make this one her last.
Pomperaug of Southbury has been Newtown High School’s golf team’s proverbial thorn in the side for several years. A one-stroke loss to those Panthers in their regular-season match, in Southbury, earlier this year proved to the Nighthawks that they can overcome their rivals and perhaps gave them a little extra desire to overtake the Panthers in the South-West Conference championship match. A taste of success — nipping Pomperaug in the Coaches Cup, a two-ball event at Rock Ridge Country Club on May 27 — gives them a boost of confidence heading into the scheduled May 30 conference championship.