Pair of city matchups highlight week ahead in area high school sports

Published on Sunday, 8 April 2018 21:10
Written by DAVE GREENLEAF

Staff writer

With the snow and the cold of last week hopefully behind them, area high school teams prepare to move into a busy full week with many key matches on tap. Included in this week’s action are city series contests between Bristol Eastern and Bristol Central in girls tennis on Friday and a lacrosse showdown between Eastern and St. Paul on Saturday afternoon.

In baseball and softball, all four local teams struggled to get in games last week and face a busy week ahead. Tennis teams will get into the full swing this week, while most of the golfers will still have time to prepare for the first rounds of the season.

Bristol Central managed to get in two baseball games over the weekend to get back on schedule. It was a rough start for the Rams, who face three CCC interdivisional opponents this week. Central is scheduled to face Hall at home today, although the Rams’ field is still unsuitable for play and they may need to find an alternate site. The Rams travel to Newington on Wednesday and visit Tunxis Mead to play Farmington on Friday.

Bristol Eastern got its season off on the right foot with a win at Plainville last week. The Lancers also take on CCC interdivisional foes this week with a home game against Northwest Catholic this afternoon and a visit to Beehive Stadium to battle New Britain on Wednesday. The Lancers host non-league foe NFA on Friday.

St. Paul went 1-1 in the season’s first week and continues NVL action this week at home against Woodland today, at Derby on Wednesday and at home against Watertown on Saturday afternoon.

Terryville dropped its first two games of the season last week. The Kangaroos are home against Gilbert today and Wamogo tomorrow before visiting Nonnewaug on Friday.

For area softball teams, it was a struggle to get in game action last week. Neither Bristol Central nor Bristol Eastern was able to play.

For the Lancers, that means that their season opener will be against one of the state’s perennial powerhouses as they travel to Southington this afternoon. And it will only get slightly easier for the Lancers later in the week as Windsor and Enfield come to town.

Bristol Central will open on the road at Northwest Catholic today and then come home to face Wethersfield Wednesday and South Windsor Friday.

St. Paul’s girls lost their opener to Watertown and played a rare Sunday afternoon game to get caught up in the schedule. The Falcons play three in a row this week with trips to Woodland and Waterbury Career today and tomorrow and a home match with Derby on Wednesday.

Terryville opened its season with a loss a week ago but was unable to get in any games last week. The Kangaroos are at Gilbert today and host Wamogo tomorrow in their only scheduled action this week.

Both the Bristol Central and Bristol Eastern track teams were able to get into action in last week despite the weather. The Rams beat Plainville and had some strong performances in the Bloomfield Invitational last weekend. Central is back in action this week with a trip to Berlin on Thursday that will help determine whether they can challenge for the CCC South crown. Eastern opened with a tough one against perennially strong Middletown and will be looking to turn things around this week at home against Platt on Tuesday.

For the area tennis teams, the week’s schedule is light, as most opponents are out on vacation this week. Central’s boys have just one match, at home against Newington on Wednesday. The girls have a busier schedule with a trip Middletown today and a visit to Newington on Wednesday before coming home for the city series matchup with Eastern on Friday.

Eastern’s girls will visit RHAM on Wednesday before taking on the Rams. The Lancer boys are home against Wethersfield on Wednesday in the week’s only match.

St. Paul’s girls are the only area team with a win on their record, after beating Woodland last week. The Falcons host Crosby on Wednesday and travel to Seymour on Friday.

The only golf team slated for action this week is St. Paul. The Falcons have two matches on tap. They will host Torrington on Tuesday and visit Wolcott on Friday.

Area lacrosse teams were able to get some of their contests in last week despite the weather. St. Paul was the only team able to come away with a win in the opening week. The Falcons have four games on tap this week, all at home. St. Paul plays Lewis Mills today, Watertown on Wednesday and Amistad on Friday before hosting Bristol Eastern on Saturday afternoon.

The Lancers will open their season today at Windsor in their only match before the Saturday showdown at St. Paul. Bristol Central dropped its first two games and will look to turn it around this week with a trip to Lyman Hall on Wednesday and a home match with Northwest Catholic on Friday night.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol Central, Bristol Eastern, St. Paul, Terryville on Sunday, 8 April 2018 21:10. Updated: Sunday, 8 April 2018 21:13.