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.
The field at New Fairfield High School hasn’t been too kind to the Nighthawks in recent years. Newtown High School’s boys’ lacrosse team almost earned a win their last year, but fell a goal short. Newtown, didn’t have to wait long to erase some tough memories from the home of its South-West Conference rivals. The Hawks got fifth-year Coach Glenn Adams his first regular-season victory at New Fairfield, a 9-5 win in the rain, in the season opener on April 11.
Newtown High School’s softball team won its first two games of the campaign, then dropped a pair of contests to carry a 2-2 record into Thursday’s scheduled clash with visiting Weston. The Nighthawks began the campaign with a pair of victories over FCIAC teams on their home field, topping Trumbull 5-2 on April 9, then defeating Danbury 12-5 the next day.
Newtown High School’s boys’ golf team won its first three matches of the season as the Nighthawks went into play on Thursday with a visit to Bunnell of Stratford. The Nighthawks opened the regular campaign against visiting Brookfield at Rock Ridge Country Club on April 9. Newtown shot a 165 and Brookfield shot a 182. Newtown’s Bubba LeBlanc had a 39 to earn medalist honors. Graham Hubbert shot a 44, and Colin Patrick, Josh Houle, and Vivek Tedla all shot a 42 in the win.
Coach Doug Russell goes into his 11th season as head coach of the Newtown High School girls’ track and field team with the same goals he’s always had: To win the South-West Conference and finish among the top ten in the state at the Class LL championships.