The new year will provide plenty pf opportunities for local high school hoop teams to turn their fortunes around, while area wrestlers will be adding to an already impressive resume with some attractive meets slated for the week ahead.
The big event of the week is the 38th annual Bristol Central Invitational wrestling tournament that will bring a dozen teams to town on Saturday. Bristol Eastern will be the heavy favorite to repeat as champion of the event, which includes all of the area teams as well as a couple of squads that finished in the top 10 of last year’s poll.
Joining Central and Eastern in the field are area teams Terryville, Plainville, Avon and Berlin. The field also includes New Milford, a top 10 team as was Eastern a year ago. Ledyard and Fitch are also top-rated squads in the always competitive meet.
Before taking part in Saturday’s meet, both Central and Eastern will take on CCC South foes. Eastern finished a strong second in the very competitive Danbury holiday event last weekend.
The Lancers will travel to Middletown to take on the Dragons on Thursday. Middletown has had a strong opening to its season and should give the Lancers a bit more of a challenge than most CCC South foes.
The Rams will also be on the road Thursday to take on Berlin in their first CCC South match of the season. Central comes into the meet off a 5-0 day as they captured the Law Duals championship on Saturday.
Terryville hosts Thomaston, Litchfield and Holy Cross in a quad meet on Thursday. St. Paul will host Oxford on Thursday for its only action of the week.
Area basketball teams had mixed results in holiday tournament action last week and with the return to conference action this week, teams will need to pick up the pace to get into the thick of their conference races.
Bristol Eastern’s boys had the best week among area teams, with two wins last week against NVL foes.
The Lancers will have a bit of a tougher road this week with games against two CCC West teams on the road. Eastern visits Hall on Wednesday and will battle Avon on Saturday afternoon.
Bristol Central’s boys picked up their first win of the season on Saturday. The Rams will look to add to their win streak at Southington on Wednesday and at Plainville in a CCC South match on Friday.
St. Paul’s boys split their games in the Farmington tournament last week, but have a big challenge ahead this week as they travel to Waterbury to battle unbeaten Sacred Heart on Wednesday before coming home to battle once-beaten Torrington on Friday.
St. Paul’s girls had an uncharacteristic week last week, as they dropped games to both Fairfield teams in the Fairfield Warde tourney. The Falcons should find the climate in the NVL more to their liking as they host Sacred Heart on Wednesday and Torrington Friday.
Bristol Eastern’s girls had a good opening game win in the Danbury tournament, but couldn’t get past the host team in the finale. The Lancers return to CCC action on Wednesday at always tough Farmington, then travel to East Lyme to take on the Vikings on Saturday afternoon.
Bristol Central’s girls continue to struggle to find the scoring touch after two close losses in the North Haven tourney. It won’t be any easier this week as the Rams host Bloomfield on Wednesday and take on a Plainville team that already owns a win over Central on Friday.
After taking last week off, Terryville’s teams return to action this week with a busy Berkshire League schedule.
The girls host 5-1 Gilbert on Wednesday and 2-3 Shepaug on Friday. The boys will travel to Winsted to battle 2-2 Gilbert Wednesday and visit Washington Depot to take on 4-1 Shepaug Friday.
Both Terryville teams will be looking to extend their one-game win streaks that started before the holiday break.
The Bristol co-op swim team also returns to action this week after a long break. The Bristol team will host Enfield at the Malone Pool on Friday afternoon.
This week’s indoor track action will take place at Southern Connecticut State University on Saturday.