After a soft opening for local teams last Friday, the high school fall sports season swings into action in earnest this week with all of the local teams slated for plenty of action.
Highlighting the busy week will be the renewal of the boys soccer rivalry between Bristol Central and Plainville on Tuesday night. The Rams will play their first ever game on the new turf field at Central under the lights in a 6 pm start against the Blue Devils who opened their season with a solid win over Bristol Eastern on Friday.
Also looming big on the week's schedule is the CCC interdivisional volleyball matchup between Bristol Eastern and Southington at Eastern on Wednesday. The two traditional volleyball powers each opened with easy wins last week.
Bristol Eastern's girls soccer team was solid in its win over Plainville last week and will look to build on its resume Friday night in a big showdown at Tunxis Mead against a very strong Farmington club.
Bristol Central and Terryville soccer were among the teams that had a bye on the opening day of the season and each will kick off their seasons this week. Central's boys have aspirations for a solid season and those aspirations will get a big test this week as the Rams take on two strong CCC opponents at home. In addition to the Tuesday night match with Plainville the Rams host Southington on Thursday afternoon.
Central's girls also open their season on Tuesday afternoon when they travel to Plainville. the Rams visit Hall in an interdivisional battle on Friday.
The Terryville boys face a tough one at home in the season opener as perennial Berkshire League contender Nonnewaug comes to town on Tuesday. The Chiefs battled Northwestern to a 1-1 tie in their opener. Terryville also faces a big challenge against Lewis Mills at home on Thursday before traveling to Winsted to take on Gilbert under the lights on Friday in a 7:15 start.
The Terryville girls had a difficult time in their opener at Mills last week and will try to get back on track this week, but it won't be easy as they travel to Nonnewaug on Tuesday. The Kangaroos host Gilbert, who surprised Wamogo last week, on Friday afternoon.
Bristol Eastern soccer has its bye date on Tuesday. The Lancers will square off against the CCC West on Friday afternoon as the boys take on an always tough Hall team at home while the girls visit Farmington under the lights.
St. Paul's boys and girls each came away with solid wins in the openers last week. The boys look to add to their win total at home Tuesday against Waterbury Career Academy before squaring off against a big divisional rival at Watertown Friday night. The girls are coming off a solid win over Holy Cross last week and will step outside the NVL tonight when they travel to face Portland in a 6 p.m. start. The Falcons return to league play at home against Watertown on Friday afternoon.
Both Central and Eastern opened their volleyball seasons with wins last week while St. Paul and Terryville each struggled a bit in the opener. The Rams were strong in a non-league win over Ellington and open their CCC schedule tonight at home against Plainville before hosting Conard on Thursday and traveling to Norwalk to battle Brien McMahon on Friday.
The Lancers have the big battle with Southington on tap on Wednesday and host Avon in another interdivisional match on Friday.
St. Paul dropped a 3-1 battle to Oxford in the opener and will look to get back on track at Housatonic Regional Tuesday before coming home to battle one of the NVL's strongest teams in Seymour on Thursday. St. Paul travels to Crosby Friday.
Terryville fell at home to Nonnewaug in the season opener and has another tough one Tuesday at Northwestern. The Kangaroos host Gilbert on Friday.
Area cross country squads get the dual meet season underway this week. Terryville is at Nonnewaug, St. Paul travels to Ansonia to take on the Chargers along with Torrington and Sacred Heart and Bristol Eastern visits Middletown along with Platt in the season openers for each.
Bristol Central opened at the Windham invitational last weekend where the boys had a strong fourth place finish in the Varsity 1 race. The Rams are in Meriden Tuesday to open defense of their CCC South crown against Maloney and Berlin. Central's girls will face one of their biggest challenges of the season against the Redcoats who also ran well at Windham. Central will also run at the Stratton Brook meet in Simsbury on Saturday.
The local swimmers also kick off the season this week. Bristol Eastern will host South Windsor and Bristol Central travels to East Hartford on Tuesday. The Rams also visit Bulkeley on Thursday. St. Paul opens at Sacred Heart on Friday.