Rivalry matchups highlight week ahead in area high school sports

Published on Sunday, 6 January 2019 21:33

Staff writer

While most area basketball teams continue to struggle and the area wrestling teams continue to soar, the high school sports scene moves into midseason form this week, with the first rivalry matchups of the season on tap at the end of the week in Terryville, an NVL showdown in girls basketball at St. Paul on Friday night and a couple of big wrestling challenges slated for the weekend highlighting the week ahead.

Terryville’s boys and girls basketball teams will battle arch rival Thomaston in a co-ed doubleheader at home on Friday. Both the boys and girls teams have struggled for the Kangaroos and suffered a winless week last week. But Thomaston, winless on the boys side and with only two victories on the girls side, provides an opportunity for the Terryville teams to turn things around.

Before taking on the Golden Bears, both Terryville squads will have to battle Northwestern on Tuesday.

St. Paul’s girls basketball team got back on track last week after a tough holiday tournament in Fairfield. The Falcons have two tough games on tap in the week ahead, but the biggest will be on Friday night when 7-1 Watertown comes to town. St. Paul will also host Naugatuck (6-2) on Tuesday afternoon as they look to extend their NVL winning streak.

Bristol Eastern’s wrestlers, ranked second in the state, won the Bristol Central Invitational for the fourth year in a row last week after another tough battle with third-ranked Southington. The Lancers face another challenging tournament this weekend as they travel to Cumberland, R.I., where they will be tested by a strong field of New England teams. Eastern also has a dual meet scheduled at home against E.O. Smith on Wednesday.

Bristol Central is off to a 10-2 start in dual meet action and will host Plainville in a CCC South matchup on Wednesday night. The Rams, who battled injury and illness to finish eighth in their tournament, also have a tough weekend meet at the Hand Duals tournament on Saturday.

For most of the rest of the area basketball teams, the week ahead provides the opportunity to get things on track for a bid for the postseason.

Bristol Central’s hoopsters have their bye date on Tuesday and will be in action only once this week. The Central boys will need to right the ship after a devastating loss at Plainville last week that dropped them to 2-5. The Rams host Tolland, also 2-5 heading into the week, on Friday night.

Central’s girls continue to struggle to score and have dropped to 1-8 on the season. The Rams’ only game of the week is another tough one as they travel to Manchester on Friday.

Eastern’s boys knocked off Hall last week, but struggled against Avon as they fell to 4-3 on the season. The Lancers hope to come away with two wins this week as they take on Plainville at home tonight and host 1-4 Enfield on Friday.

The Eastern girls are also struggling through an up and down season after losing to East Lyme on Saturday to drop back below the .500 mark. The Lancers hope to turn that around this week. Eastern will travel to Plainville tonight to battle the Blue Devils, who have won five in a row and are 7-2 on the season. Eastern is at 2-6 Enfield on Friday.

St. Paul’s boys suffered two tough losses last week to fall to 2-5, but have the chance to get back on track this week. St. Paul will host Naugatuck in the second game of a co-ed doubleheader on Tuesday and travel to Watertown on Friday. Watertown is winless on the season, while the Greyhounds are 3-4.

Area indoor track teams will be competing at Wesleyan and Yale this weekend. Bristol’s swimmers host Manchester in their only meet of the week on Tuesday at the Malone Pool.

Terryville and St. Paul will square off against each other on the mat at St. Paul on Wednesday. The Kangaroos are at the Art Powers Duals in Berlin and St. Paul travels to the Gilbert Dual Tournament on Saturday.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol Central, Bristol Eastern, St. Paul, Terryville on Sunday, 6 January 2019 21:33. Updated: Sunday, 6 January 2019 21:36.