As the high school sports season moves past its midpoint, local teams will be looking toward postseason qualification as the schedule ramps up.
First, the main focus of the week will be on city championships, as both cross country and swimming will hold their annual events.
Bristol Central will again be the heavy favorite as the Rams, Lancers and Falcons run the annual city championship cross country meet at St. Paul on Thursday. The swim meet at the Malone Pool Saturday night should be a closely contested event.
A few teams have already qualified for postseason play. Bristol Eastern and Bristol Central volleyball have reached the qualifying plateau and are bidding to nail down top seeds when the tourney starts next month.
St. Paul and Bristol Eastern boys soccer and St. Paul volleyball are on the brink of qualifying and should nail down a postseason berth by the end of the week.
For others, the road to the postseason will be more challenging.
Bristol Central boys soccer dropped below the .500 mark for the season with a disappointing loss at Middletown. The Rams have two chances to turn it around this week, with a home match against Conard on Tuesday and a trip to New Britain to battle the Hurricanes under the lights.
Terryville’s girls have a couple of wins under their belts after a successful week last week, but face a stiff challenge in the week ahead with a night match at Lewis Mills on Tuesday and a visit to Nonnewaug on Thursday. The Kangaroos need at least four more wins to reach the tournament.
Terryville boys soccer won for the first time last week. The Kangaroos will have to win just about all of their remaining games to advance. Terryville plays two tough opponents at home this week, Lewis Mills on Tuesday and Nonnewaug on Thursday.
Bristol Central’s girls also have just one win on the season. The Rams need to pick up 10 points over the second half of the season to make the tournament. Central will travel to Simsbury on Tuesday night and take on Bloomfield at home on Thursday.
Bristol Eastern’s girls got their first win of the season this past Friday at Middletown. The Lancers take on Platt at home on Monday, then travel to Avon Tuesday and host Windsor Friday.
Terryville’s volleyball team still needs at least five wins. The Kangaroos host Gilbert Tuesday and travel to Nonnewaug on Thursday.
For the teams that have already qualified, the week ahead offers a chance to improve on seeding.
Eastern’s volleyball team had a big week last week and the Lancers get to rest a bit this week with only one dual meet on tap, a trip to Maloney on Wednesday. Eastern will participate in two tough tournaments as it travels to Springfield on Monday and RHAM on Saturday.
Central’s girls come off a disappointing loss to Eastern last week and seek to rebound with a busy week. the Rams are home against Berlin on Tuesday, visit Maloney Thursday and travel to Platt on Friday as they look to add to their CCC win totals.
St. Paul volleyball clinched a postseason spot with a win over Torrington last Friday night. The Falcons host Wilby Tuesday and Ansonia Thursday before taking to the road to battle unbeaten Seymour on Friday.
Bristol Eastern boys soccer also qualified for tourney play with a win on Saturday at home against Middletown. The Lancers have a tough one at home against Southington this Tuesday and visit Newington on Friday.
St. Paul’s boys also qualified on Saturday with a win over Waterbury Career. The Falcons host Derby under the lights on Monday, visit Kennedy at Municipal Stadium on Thursday night and host Naugatuck next Saturday morning as they look to improve their seed.
In addition to the city meet on Saturday, area swimmers continue their league competition this week. St. Paul is at Seymour on Friday. Bristol Central hosts Farmington Tuesday and travels to Windsor on Friday. Bristol Eastern is at East Hartford Tuesday and home against Middletown in a big CCC South matchup on Friday.