State cross country meets, battle of volleyball unbeatens highlights area week ahead

Published on Sunday, 20 October 2019 20:41

Staff writer

A state championship meet, a clash of unbeatens in volleyball and a few more opportunities to clinch postseason berths are on the line this week as the high school sports season rolls into its final stretch.

The week wraps up with the state cross country championship meets on Saturday at Wickham Park in Manchester and the Bristol Central boys will be one of the top contenders in the race for a state championship.

The Rams were second in Class L last year and are hoping to challenge Xavier for the top spot on Saturday, but it will take a big effort to break up the Xavier pack and come home with the title. Central’s boys finished ahead of all of the Class L teams in the CCC last week but have yet to beat the Falcons in a head-to-head match.

The boys’ Class L race will go off at 2:40 p.m. on Saturday. Bristol Eastern’s boys will also be in the field. The Central and Eastern girls will compete in the Class MM race with a 2:05 start time. St. Paul and Terryville’s boys will be in the Class S race that will start at 9:50 am. Terryville and St. Paul girls will be in the first race of the day starting at 9:15 am.

In addition to the state championship, runners will be competing for a chance to advance to next week’s State Open meet. The top 2 teams and the top 12 runners in each division will automatically qualify for the open but there is also an opportunity for others to advance based on times.

The big volleyball match is Wednesday night at Bristol Eastern as the unbeaten Lancers take on unbeaten RHAM in a battle of CCC and statewide titans. The Lancers are 13-0 and ranked third in the most recent state wide poll while the three-time defending CCC Tournament champion Sachems are 11-0.

Three more area teams reached the state tournament qualifying mark last week, bringing to six the number of area teams that have already clinched a berth. The St. Paul and Bristol Central boys soccer and Bristol Central girls soccer all reached the magic number last week.

St. Paul volleyball is a win away and the Bristol Eastern, St. Paul and Terryville girls soccer teams could also reach the qualifying mark this week.

The Falcon volleyball squad won two out of three last week to pull to .500 on the season and within a game of qualifying for the tournament. They face a very stiff challenge at home tomorrow against Naugatuck, an undefeated state top ten team, before taking on Terryville at home on Wednesday and Watertown on the road Friday.

Bristol Eastern girls soccer had a tough overtime loss against Berlin last week and still need a win and a tie to reach the tourney. The Lancers should be able to reach that mark this week as they take on winless Platt in Meriden today and challenge 2-6-3 East Catholic in Manchester on Friday.

St. Paul’s girls are two wins from tournament qualification and have three chances to pick up those victories this week. The Falcons host Seymour under the lights at home tomorrow, visit Wolcott for a night match on Wednesday and take on Oxford at home on Saturday. Wolcott, at 9-2-1 will be the toughest of those opponents, but Oxford already has a win over St. Paul this season.

Terryville’s girls are sitting at the .500 mark and need a win and a tie in their remaining six games. The Kangaroo girls have rematches this week with two teams that beat them handily the first time around as the host Northwestern tomorrow and visit Litchfield on Friday.

Bristol Eastern and Bristol Central’s volleyball teams are on a roll and will look to use this week to improve their seeding in both the state tournament and the upcoming CCC tournament. The Lancers are currently hold the number 3 seed in the Class L field and are tied with Avon and RHAM for the best records in the CCC. In addition to their big showdown match with undefeated RHAM at home on Wednesday, they will also battle Platt today and visit Lewis Mills on Friday as they look to remain unbeaten in the CCC South.

Bristol Central’s volleyball team has also been receiving votes in the statewide poll with a 10-3 record that includes close losses to both Eastern and RHAM. The Rams are currently the ninth seed in Class L and would like to move up a few spots to guarantee home matches in the first two rounds. Central is also looking for a couple of home matches in the CCC tournament where they are currently in a tie for the fifth best record. The Rams visit CCC South rival Maloney today, host Tolland on Wednesday and take on Plainville on the road on Thursday.

Bristol Eastern’s boys soccer team remained unbeaten last week and with matches at home against winless Platt tomorrow and a struggling RHAM team on Friday should add to that win total as they look to move up from their current number 3 seeding in the Class L field.

Bristol Central’s boys and girls soccer teams both picked up the necessary wins last week to qualify for the post season and will now look to try to nail down a home match in the opening round as they play their final five games. Central’s girls are at Maloney today and visit E.O. Smith on Friday as they try to improve on their current 14th seed in the Class L Field. The 7-2-2 E.O. Smith Panthers will be a big challenge for the Rams.

Central’s boys are currently ranked 13th in the Class L field after clinching with a win at Middletown last Friday. The Rams host Maloney in a tough CCC South matchup tomorrow night under the lights and are home to a struggling East Catholic squad on Friday.

St. Paul’s boys soccer is on a five-game win streak and will look to add to that at 4-3-2 Seymour tomorrow night and at home against 2-8 Wolcott on Thursday night. The Falcons have moved up to the number six seed in the Class S field and are looking to climb higher with four games left on the schedule.

Terryville’s boys soccer team has a tough road ahead if they hope to reach the post season. They need four wins and a tie in their remaining six games and are facing two teams that beat them by a combined 11-2 score the first time around. Terryville is at Northwestern on Wednesday and hosts 7-1-1 Litchfield on Friday.

Terryville’s volleyball team needs four wins and has six games remaining including Wednesday’s match at St. Paul. The Kangaroos host 8-6 Wolcott today and visit Housatonic, a team that has already beaten them this season, on Tuesday before travelling to St. Paul.

Local swimmers continue their battles against league opponents this week. Bristol Central travels to Plat to take on the Meriden co-op team tomorrow and will host Enfield/Somers on Friday. Eastern is home to Plainville tomorrow and will battle Berlin at the Plainville pool on Friday. St. Paul has its final NVL match of the season at Sacred Heart at the Kennedy High School pool tomorrow.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol Central, Bristol Eastern, St. Paul, Terryville on Sunday, 20 October 2019 20:41. Updated: Sunday, 20 October 2019 20:44.