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Email Text Size From record-setting performances to a pair of programs winning their first conference championships and new coaches to repeat title winners, featured myriad of athletics success stories.
There was also a Newtown High weightlifting title and many individual championships and records during the last year. Swierbut claimed more individual school records during the outdoor campaign.
Swierbut won the in the Class LL and State Open championships, and Deri took home the top spot in the hurdles and in states. The medley relay contingent broke the school record in the Class LL state meet in March. Gymnast Emma Delia won the floor exercise as the Hawks came in just behind winner Oxford — it could not have been much — if any — closer, as the teams scored Delia went on to win the Class L State balance beam championship and finish second on the beam in the State Open in March.
The Nighthawk grapplers had seven place-winners in the mid-February championships.
Occhipinti went on to capture the Class LL state title in the pound weight class. Teammate and pound wrestler Joe Zeller was fifth in the State Open and qualified for the New England championships. Underdogs on the court: On the basketball court, the NHS boys proved to be road warriors in the state playoffs, upsetting teams and advancing all the way to the Division II state playoff semifinals.
Newtown, seeded 21st, nearly overcame a ten-point deficit to No. A last-second 3-point bid to tie was blocked. But what a playoff run it was for the underdogs.
The Nighthawk spikers outdid themselves, beating Barlow not one, but two more times, including in the SWC title match. The Nighthawks went unbeaten all the way until a state semifinal round loss to Ridgefield. Softball standout Sara Kennedy collected her th career base hit in a win over Notre Dame-Fairfield on April The softball and baseball teams both reached their conference title games; the softball team fell to Masuk of Monroe, and the baseball lineup lost to Bethel.
Houle was a star on the golf course, earning SWC medalist accolades for the fourth straight year in helping the girls win the team trophy. Houle went on to win her second straight state title.
New coaches: NHS varsity squads took on some new leaders. Joanna Barry Closs took over head coaching duties with the softball team. Karvoski went on to become a national champ over the summer.
The Newtown Torpedoes youth swim team went unbeaten and claimed the Yankee League divisional championship. Youth soccer teams were in the news by earning divisional and state trophies at various age levels.
Road race success: Two of the races in town were highlighted by tremendous family success.
Stephen Singlak won the mid-June Mad Dash elite course race, and his mom, Melissa, was the top female. Kevin Hoyt won the Rooster Run in June. Mitchell Russo was first in the Turkey Trot. Newtown might have a skating surface to call its own by the summertime.
Either way, promises to be another year of slick athletic performances. Who will win championships or set records? We will find out as the spots news unfolds in the coming months. See you at the games. Newtown High's football team builds muscle during summer workouts and competitions, in this instance tug of war.
The Nighthawk gridders won a state-wide weight lifting event in March.
The last Sandy Hook 5K was held this past summer. The proposed changes to NYA field house will accommodate both turf and field events as well as a new ice rink. Developers hope to have the community on ice by next summer. NHS girls' soccer players celebrate winning the program's first conference title.
Sprinter Carly Swierbut set indoor and outdoor track records. Among the notable regular-season accomplishments was the NHS baseball team's walk-off win over Bethel in April.
Interestingly, the teams have beaten each other in the last at bat in four consecutive regular-season contests during the last two years.