The high school sports scene is active again this week as the season moves towards its midpoint and teams begin to concentrate on postseason qualification.
A big match at home tonight against Naugatuck for the St., Paul girls basketball squad, a visit by the Bristol Central boys to battle a defending state champion on Wednesday night and a matchup of local teams when St. Paul hosts Terryville in wrestling on Thursday highlight the week ahead.
St. Paul’s girls and the Terryville and Bristol Central boys basketball teams are the closest to the qualification mark among area teams. Local wrestlers, with both Bristol Eastern and Bristol Central now ranked in the top 10 in the state poll, look to use the busy week ahead to add to their impressive resumes.
St. Paul’s girls are 6-2 after a pair of solid wins last week and have three games on tap in the week ahead. The Falcons are currently tied for eighth in the Division II rankings and will be trying to improve on that seeding with games at home against Naugatuck today and Ansonia on Friday sandwiched around a visit to Watertown on Wednesday. Naugatuck, at 7-1 and on a seven-game win streak will be the biggest challenge of the week.
Terryville’s boys are coming off a strong week that saw them improve to 4-1 on the season. The Kangaroos are at home twice this week. They will take on Gilbert on Wednesday and Litchfield on Friday as they try to get closer to the eight-win tourney qualifying plateau. At 3-1, Gilbert will be a tough battle for the Kangaroos.
Bristol Central’s boys improved to 5-2 with a couple of easy wins last week and could get to the tourney qualifying mark with three wins this week but face a couple of tough matchups. The Rams will host CCC South rival Platt tonight then travel to New Britain to battle defending Class V State champion Innovation in a non-league matchup on Wednesday. The Rams return home Friday to battle Simsbury, the fourth of seven Division I teams on a challenging schedule. Central is 1-2 against Division I opponents so far.
Bristol Eastern’s boys continue to play extremely close contests. The Lancers split a pair of last second decisions last week and head into this week with a 4-3 record. Eastern will host always-tough Maloney tonight in a CCC South match up and will host Avon in an inter-divisional battle on Thursday as they close out a seven-game home stand.
The Eastern girls had two wins last week to climb above the .500 mark. The Lancers are 5-4 and should add to that win total at struggling Maloney tonight. The Lancer visit Hall in an interdivisional match on Thursday.
Bristol Central’s girls will be out to snap a three-game losing streak when they travel to Meriden tonight to take on winless Platt. The Rams will have their hands full at Northwest Catholic on Thursday as they look to climb back to the .500 mark.
St. Paul’s boys had a tough week against two very strong teams last week and the week ahead offers more challenge for the 2-3 Falcons. St. Paul visits unbeaten Naugatuck tonight, battles 4-2 Watertown at home on Wednesday and takes to the road to challenge a .500 Ansonia team on Friday.
Terryville’s girls got their first win of the season last week and will be trying to add to that total with a couple of games against struggling teams this week. Terryville travels to Litchfield to take on the 2-6 Cowgirls tonight and will host 2-4 Innovation on Thursday.
On the wrestling mat, both Central and Eastern had good success last week and will be looking to add to their CCC South win totals this week. The Rams, who crept into the 10 spot in the state top-ten rankings last week, won the East Haven Duals Tournament on Saturday to remain unbeaten. But they have been hit by the injury bug a bit and will have their biggest challenge to date at Middletown on Wednesday. Central is at Hand in Madison for a dual meet tourney on Saturday.
Eastern is ranked fourth in the latest poll. The Lancers struggled to a fourth place finish at the Cumberland, RI tournament on Saturday, finishing behind champion Simsbury and two out of state teams. Eastern will be home to Maloney in a CCC South match on Wednesday and take part in another weekend tournament at Mercy High in Middletown on Saturday.
Terryville’s wrestlers struggled at the Art Powers duals in Berlin on Saturday. The Kangaroos will battle St. Paul in Bristol on Thursday. The Falcons have been off since their close loss to Oxford last week.
Bristol’s swimmers are home to Avon on Wednesday for their only action of the week. Eastern’s track team is at Glastonbury on Wednesday and St. Paul at Wesleyan on Thursday. Bristol Central has the week off.