The final week of the high school regular season opens with the final city series showdown of the campaign and ends with the opening round of the postseason.
The Bristol Central boys will travel to the Lancers’ gym tonight for a game that has plenty on the line for both teams. Eastern needs a win to reach the postseason. Central needs a victory to shore up its postseason seeding and secure an opening round home game.
The Lancers had a chance to clinch a postseason spot last week, but dropped a tough one at New Britain to fall to 7-12 on the season, still one win short of a berth.
Central had its 14-game winning streak snapped at Wethersfield last week, a loss that dropped them down to the eighth seed in the CCC tournament and to sixth in the CIAC Division 2 event. The Rams will need a win and some help to move up in the CCC event and avoid a potential match with the state’s No. 1-ranked team, East Catholic, in the early rounds.
The CCC tournament will begin on Thursday and the Rams will open at home.
St. Paul’s boys close out the regular season at home against Waterbury Career on Tuesday and Crosby on Thursday, before moving on to Saturday’s opening round of the NVL tourney.
The Falcons are 12-6 and currently the No. 9 seed in the Division 3 tourney, with the potential to move up to as high as sixth. But the week ahead will be a challenge. Waterbury Career is also 12-6 and Crosby is a 10-win team.
Terryville’s boys have won two in a row after their victory at Housatonic last week and the Kangaroos are now a win away from the postseason.
Terryville has two chances to pick up that win in the final week. The Kangaroos visit Shepaug on Tuesday and host Northwestern on Thursday. Both teams already own solid wins over Terryville this year.
On the girls’ side, St. Paul dropped its opener against Wolcott in the NVL tournament Saturday and will now wait until Wednesday, when the official CIAC pairings are released. At 17-3, the Falcons should be the No. 3 seed in the Class M state tournament.
Bristol Eastern will sneak into the Class LL field as the No. 32 seed, despite failing to win the eight games needed for an automatic qualifying spot. Eastern got the breaks it needed when Greenwich and Brien McMahon both lost their final games to drop out of tourney contention. Thanks to their strong strength of schedule, the Lancers are the top-rated 7-13 team and will fill the open spot at the bottom of the bracket.
The Bristol co-op swim team closes out the regular season on the road at Middletown on Tuesday. Bristol could tie the Blue Dragons for the CCC South title if it can pull off the upset.
A number of local wrestlers will compete in the CIAC State Open tournament in New Haven this weekend. The group is led by state champions Chris Trelli of Bristol Central and Diego Fernandez, Justin Marshall, Mike Barrett and Trinidad Gonzalez of Bristol Eastern.