As the high school season moves into its second half this week, basketball teams are turning their focus toward postseason qualification.
Two area teams, the Bristol Central boys and the St. Paul girls, have already clinched a berth, while the Bristol Eastern girls can get there with two wins this week. For the rest of the teams, the week ahead is an opportunity to pick up the wins that will bring them a step closer to the goal.
Also up this week is the CCC Indoor Track Championship in New Haven on Saturday. Bristol Central's boys will be looking to defend their CCC South championship.
The Bristol Central girls basketball team faces the most difficult road. Winless after 12 games, the Rams must win out to reach the postseason. Central faces three CCC crossover foes this week. The Rams take on Avon at home tonight and host East Hartford on Wednesday. They travel to Hartford on Thursday to battle 3-8 Hartford Public in what would appear to be their best chance to break into the win column.
The Terryville girls also face a long road to the postseason. The Kangaroos are looking for that elusive first win as well and will need to win eight of the remaining ten. Terryville ventures into the NVL tonight to take on a Watertown team that has lost six in a row in Watertown. The Kangaroos return home to take on some of the Berkshire League's best against Northwestern Tuesday and Lewis Mills on Friday. Both have already had lopsided wins over Terryville this season.
Bristol Eastern girls basketball picked up a big win over Plainville on Saturday and is on a bit of a roll having won three out of four to move to 6-7 on the year. The Lancers face another tough CCC interdivisional schedule this week. They will host Glastonbury tonight and travel to Rocky Hill to take on the 8-2 Terriers on Thursday.
The St. Paul, Terryville and Bristol Eastern boys will all be looking to inch closer to the qualifying mark this week. St. Paul had its four-game win streak snapped by Holy Cross last Friday. The Falcons need three more wins and will take on two teams with losing records this week. St. Paul hosts Derby (4-5) Tuesday and travels to 3-7 Wolcott on Friday.
Terryville is 4-5 and needs to win four more. The Kangaroos have three games on tap this week starting with 7-1 Northwestern on the road Tuesday. Terryville will battle Achievement First, a team they beat in overtime earlier this month, on Wednesday in Hartford and then travel to Burlington for a rematch with Lewis Mills on Friday.
Bristol Eastern has struggled since losing leading scorer Carter Dziedzic, but has a couple of winnable CCC crossover opponents on tap this week. The Lancers travel to 4-5 Farmington tonight and host 2-6 Bulkeley on Thursday. The Lancers will also travel to Derby for an out of league match on Saturday. Eastern has lost six out of seven since a 2-0 start and still needs five wins to reach the post season.
The St. Paul girls basketball team took a giant step toward an NVL championship with their big win over Holy Cross last Friday. The Falcons are 10-1 and have three games this week. The biggest test comes tonight in a visit to 8-4 Seymour. They travel to Derby (5-7) Tuesday and host 6-5 Wolcott on Friday.
Bristol Central's boys are unbeaten in January and will look to continue the streak this week with a visit to Avon tonight and a home match against Hartford Public on Thursday that could be the biggest test remaining on the schedule for the Rams.
Bristol Eastern's wrestlers had another impressive showing winning a tournament in New York last week and have two CCC South matches on tap this week before wrapping up with another big tourney at the MASS-CONNfusion event on Saturday in Southington. The Lancers host Maloney on Tuesday and travel to Meriden to take on Platt, unbeaten in the South, on Wednesday.
Bristol Central's wrestlers continue to struggle with injuries and will have a tough battle on the road at Maloney on Wednesday. The Rams will take part in the Ridgefield Challenge on Saturday.
Terryville's wrestlers host Portland on Wednesday and Oxford on Thursday before traveling to the Rodney Smith Tournament on Saturday. St. Paul visits Gilbert on Wednesday and goes to Uncasville for the St. Bernard Duals on Saturday.
The Bristol co-op swim team opens CCC South action at home against the Platt/Maloney co-op on Tuesday. The swimmers host EO Smith in Friday.