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Tennis Teams Finish With Winning Records As Girls Claim Colonial Division



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Newtown High School’s tennis teams wrapped up the regular slate against New Milford on May 17, and both squads finished with winning regular season records. The girls captured the South-West Conference Colonial Division title.

The girls’ squad finished off the regular season with a 7-0 win over visiting New Milford on May 17, to finish 9-3.

“It’s been a great year for the girls. Great group, good squad,” Newtown Coach Maureen Maher said. “We have a lot of talent.”

In addition to upperclassmen with varsity experience are a couple of freshmen who cracked the starting lineup this spring. In fact, the top singles player is first-year high school player Willow Asante-LaBash, who has had success all season long despite going up against the best on opposing teams.

“It’s been amazing. She’s such a strong player and such a nice player and hard worker,” said Maher, adding that her top player will work on her serve right after competing to better her game.

The No. 3 singles player is freshman Sophia Dutsar. “She has been so great,” Maher said.

Senior captains Amelia Hufschmied, Kessler Rhoden, and Madi Singlak are returning players who have led the way. Other returnees are juniors Kristen Reisert, Erin Marshall, Olivia Guizzo, Ella Morits, and Molly Lyddy, along with sophomore Margaret Donovan.

Junior newcomer Caitlin Briggs and senior first-time team member Melina Cummings, and a trio of other freshmen — Jamie Rowan, Brooke Jackson, and Emma Lyddy — have also contributed to the team's success.

Newtown’s boys improved to 7-4 with a 6-1 win at New Milford. NHS singles players Sam Cannizzo, Josh Parsons, Ben Ochs, and Orion Bracksieck all won. In doubles play, the No. 2 tandem of Oliver Clancy and Theo Anderson and No. 3 duo of Mikey Berry and Trevor Hislop were victorious.

Both teams were scheduled to begin South-West Conference tournament action.

Sports Editor Andy Hutchison can be reached at andyh@thebee.com.

Willow Asante-LaBash, a freshman and Newtown’s top singles player, competes in a win over New Milford on May 17. —Bee Photos, Hutchison
Olivia Guizzo and the Nighthawks won the SWC’s Colonial Division.
Mikey Berry hits a return during a late-season match.
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