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  • Nighthawk Girls Battle Back For Wild Win

    For the first 31-plus minutes, Newtown High School’s girls’ basketball team was playing from behind. But it’s the final score that counts, and Haley Ryan’s go-ahead 3-pointer with just 26 seconds left stood up as the host Nighthawks shocked the Hillhouse Academics 48-45 in the consolation game of the Threes For Charity Tournament on December 20.

  • Track Teams Have Mix Of Experience And Youth In Lineups

    Alexa Reilly, Bailey Smith, Lauren Russo, and Emma Lloyd run laps around the Blue & Gold Stadium track as they get ready for the start of the regular season.

  • Boys’ Cagers, Grapplers Win Openers

    Newtown High School’s boys’ basketball and wrestling teams began their winter seasons with victories, and the hockey and swim teams fell against tough opponents, on December 17.

  • Cohesive Boys’ Basketball Team Expects A Battle Every Night

    Cohesion and athleticism are strengths of the Newtown High School boys’ basketball team, and Coach Tim Tallcouch is hopeful that those traits will help his team have some success as what stands to be a rigorous schedule unfolds this season.

    “Every night’s going to be a challenge for us,” Tallcouch said.

  • Swim Team Has Younger Lineup, But Aims For Success

    Newtown High School’s boys’ swimming and diving team begins the campaign with several strong returnees in the lineup, but lots of positions open for rising competitors and newcomers.

    The Nighthawks lost seven key postseason point-getters, including Richard Huffman — who set three school records — to graduation.

    “We’re a younger team this year,” said Coach Zach Gauvin, adding that he’s interested to see what his freshmen newcomers bring to the table.

  • New Year, New Look For Nighthawk Skaters

    Free agency, contract disputes, and player retirement may not be an issue for a defending champion high school team trying to maintain its winning ways, but graduation certainly is. And the Newtown High School hockey team, because of last year’s high number of graduates — ten to be exact — is in rebuilding mode as the puck drops on the 2014-15 campaign.

  • Defending State Champion Wrestlers In Search Of SWC Bragging Rights

    A win in the Class LL state championship certainly did a lot to ease the pain of narrowly missing out on a South-West Conference title last winter. But while the Nighthawks may be on top of things and be the hunted in the state, they are every bit as much hungry for success and the hunters in the conference.

    “We’re absolutely not hiding from anybody right now, so that means everybody’s going to come at us harder,” Coach Chris Bray anticipates. “Everybody here has a good understanding of what they need to do.”

  • Help Select Sportsman Of The Year

    It’s time to select the winner of the Newtown Bee’s Harmon Award For Sportsman of the Year — named in honor of former Newtown Bee Sports Editor Kim Harmon. The award will go to someone who has had a significant impact on Newtown sports within the last year. Selections may include volunteers and those who have dedicated countless hours to athletics in town. Please drop us a line with your suggestion(s). Send via email to andyh@thebee.com; fax to 203-426-5169; or snail mail: PO Box 5503, Newtown, CT 06470.

  • Girls’ Cagers Return To Up-Tempo Style

    Personnel dictates a team’s style of play and, this year, Newtown High School’s girls’ basketball team returns to its familiar fast-paced, run-the-floor approach to the game.

    “I feel like this year we can get back to playing up-tempo, pressure basketball,” said Coach Jeremy O’Connell, whose lineups throughout the years have leaned on overall speed and athleticism, along with strong defenses to create turnovers and push the flow of the game before playing a bit more of a half-court brand of basketball last year.

  • National Champs! Cheer Squad Wins Title

    Cheering along the local sidelines at football games takes plenty of skill and an ability to focus and perform in front of a crowd. But doing so on the big stage, among the best cheer squads from around the country and with a national title on the line, is something else for a group of 13-year-olds.