As the high school season moves into its final full week of action, city competition moves to center stage this week as matches will be contested in track, tennis and lacrosse while teams bid to clinch or strengthen postseason positions.
The first of the city matchups happens Tuesday on the Bristol Central track when the Rams will host the Lancers in their annual meet.
Central’s boys come into the meet off a strong first place finish at the Greater Hartford meet on Saturday and will be looking to use Tuesday’s meet to improve on their positions going into the upcoming CCC and Class L meets.
The girls meet should be a close battle, with a number of strong individuals competing for both teams.
The tennis matches will be on Friday. The boys are at Central and the girls at Eastern.
Both matches promise to be closely contested. Both the Central and Eastern boys are hovering near the .500 mark, Both are 2-1 in CCC South competition with a match against Plainville to be played before Friday’s meeting.
On the girls side, both teams have struggled against a tough schedule. Central pulled out a narrow 4-3 meeting when the two teams met in the season opening match in April and the rematch promises to be another tight one. Both teams have several other matches on tap leading up to Friday’s showdown.
One of the two boys lacrosse teams could get its first CCC win when Central and Eastern meet on the Bristol Central field on Thursday night. Eastern is 1-8 while the Rams have yet to win in 11 starts. The Thursday meeting is the second of the week’s city matches as the Lancers will host St. Paul on Wednesday.
Eastern will also battle 1-9 E.O. Smith, a struggling first year team, tonight with a chance to break into the CCC win column before the match with Central. The Rams will travel to Windsor tonight looking to break out of a season long scoring slump against the 9-4 Warriors. Central hosts RHAM on Saturday.
The Bristol girls co-op lacrosse team will take on St. Paul for the second time this season in another city contest at Bristol Central on Friday. St. Paul had never beaten the public school co-op until their 11-8 win earlier this season and the co-op team will be out for revenge.
Bristol also has home matches against Wolcott today at Central and Rocky Hill tomorrow at Eastern. St. Paul hosts Watertown today and visits Housatonic on Wednesday as they look to add to their 9-4 record and improve their seeding for the postseason.
The Bristol Central and Terryville baseball teams are still looking to reach the eight win total that will put them into the postseason.
The Rams need two more wins and will host Plainville today and Avon on Wednesday at Muzzy Field before traveling to Platt for a makeup game on Thursday. The Rams beat Platt 1-0 in a tight pitchers’ duel last week and lost a tough one to Plainville in the season opener. the Rams wrap up the regular season with two games next week.
Terryville needs to win three of its remaining four games and it will be a tough battle for the Kangaroos. Terryville takes on two teams it has already beaten this year in Housatonic today and Litchfield on Friday. But the Kangaroos also have a match against NVL foe Torrington (8-9) on the road on Wednesday and will wrap up next week against a Northwestern team that beat them handily the first time around.
Three of the area softball teams are safely in the postseason so only Terryville has its postseason life hanging in the balance this week. The Kangaroos need to win three more and have five left including a doubleheader today in Falls Village against Housatonic and home matches against Shepaug on Tuesday and Litchfield on Friday night.
For the remaining area baseball and softball teams, the week ahead is all about seeding.
St. Paul’s softball squad has won 16 in a row after an opening day loss and will conclude its season on the road this week at Oxford today, Farmington on Wednesday and Seymour on Thursday.
The match at Seymour will be a big one with the NVL championship and top seeding in the NVL tournament on the line. St. Paul knocked Seymour, at the time the state’s number one ranked team, from the unbeaten ranks with a big 4-3 win in the first meeting and the Wildcats will be out for revenge on Thursday. St. Paul is currently the number one seed and one of three one-loss teams in the Class S rankings.
Bristol Eastern’s softball team stumbled a bit with two tough CCC South losses last week. The Lancers (10-4) dropped to 12th in the Class LL rankings. Eastern should be able to add to its win total this week with matches at Simsbury on Wednesday and home to Plainville on Friday.
Bristol Central made it into the Class L field with their win at Manchester last Friday and will look to move up in the rankings with home games against Plainville today and Newington on Wednesday.
The St. Paul baseball team is 15-3 and third in the Class S rankings after a solid week but the Falcons face a stiff challenge in the season finale at 16-2 Holy Cross, the team directly above them in both the CIAC and NVL tournament seedings. St. Paul hosts Oxford today.
Bristol Eastern baseball has had an up and down season. The Lancers are 9-8 and seeded 22nd in the Class L field. Eastern has games at Maloney on Wednesday and home against Plainville on Friday with a chance to move up in the rankings. The Lancers have already beaten both of those teams earlier this season.
Bristol Central’s golf team continues its bid for a postseason berth this week. The Rams are 6-1 on the season and will take on Platt twice and Middletown this week. Central is at Platt on Tuesday, home against Middletown on Wednesday and home with Platt on Thursday. Central’s lone dual meet loss this season has come at the hands of Middletown.
St. Paul’s boys and girls golf teams continued their solid seasons last week. The boys improved to 7-2 and will face Woodland today at Chippanee, visit Watertown tomorrow and conclude the week with a home and home matchup against Naugatuck on Wednesday and Thursday. The girls suffered their first loss of the season last week and face another tough week this week as they visit Amity today and host Mercy tomorrow.
Bristol Eastern’s golfers are still looking for their first win and this week won’t offer much relief with a match at home against Maloney tomorrow and at Middletown on Thursday.
Besides the city track meet on Tuesday, area track athletes have several other meets on tap. Bristol Eastern will host the Lancer Last Chance meet on Saturday, giving athletes one more opportunity to attain a state qualifying mark. St. Paul will wrap up the regular season at Woodland along with Wilby on Tuesday and Terryville takes on Thomaston on the road today before participating in the Berkshire League meet at Litchfield on Saturday.