The No. 2-ranked Bristol Eastern wrestling team continued its run through the regular season with a solid performance at the New Fairfield Duals last weekend and will get the chance to wrap up a perfect season on Wednesday when it travels to Bristol Central to take on the Rams in the annual showdown that is the highlight of the scholastic sports week ahead.
The Lancers clinched a share of the CCC South championship last week and will claim the title outright as well as wrap up their eighth straight city championship with a win on Wednesday.
Central has not won in the series since 2010 and the injury-stricken Rams will have their hands full once again on Wednesday.
Both teams will compete in the CCC Invitational meet at Berlin on Saturday as they tune up for next week’s Class L state championships.
In basketball, there are still only three area teams that have clinched a postseason berth as the season winds into its final weeks. Two teams have been eliminated and the remaining area teams still have their postseason fates very much up in the air.
The Bristol Eastern boys and girls and the Terryville boys all put their postseason qualifications on the line in this week’s action, while Bristol Central’s boys and St. Paul’s girls are looking for conference championships and high seeds.
The Central boys clinched a share of the CCC South Patriot Division with their win over Platt last week and can wrap up the outright title with a victory at Plainville on Friday night.
The Rams are currently the No. 3 seed in the CIAC Division II standings and the No. 4 team in the CCC tournament rankings. The Rams will be looking to maintain those lofty rankings, which carry the potential for multiple postseason home games, as they try to extend their win streak at home against Hall on Tuesday before visiting Plainville.
St. Paul’s girls took a big step toward an NVL divisional crown and a top seeding in the upcoming NVL tournament as they avenged their only league loss at Seymour on Saturday.
The Falcons are 14-2 overall and 13-1 in the NVL. They will travel twice this week, facing an Oxford team on Tuesday that has won six in a row since losing a 20-point decision to St. Paul, and visiting a struggling Watertown team on Friday. St. Paul is currently the No. 3 seed in the Class M tournament field.
The St. Paul boys are solidly in the tournament field and looking to improve on their standing with two home games on tap this week.
The 8-6 Falcons are the 13th seed in the CIAC Division III rankings and would like to hold on to a top 16 spot and an opening round home game. St. Paul has a good chance to improve that standing as they host 3-10 Oxford on Tuesday and welcome 2-12 Watertown on Friday.
For other area teams, the road to the postseason is much more tenuous. The Bristol Eastern girls need to win at least one of their two games this week to keep their tournament hopes alive, and with two of the top teams in the CCC on the schedule it will be a tough challenge.
Eastern has not missed the tournament since 1995, but will need to beat either Conard on the road on Tuesday or RHAM at home on Saturday. RHAM is 15-1 and ranked in the top five of every state poll. Conard opened the season winning 10 of 12, but has lost five in a row since being upset by Hall on Jan. 19.
The Eastern boys still need three wins, but have a little more leeway than their counterparts as they have five games remaining. Eastern took a positive step with a win against Plainville on Saturday and have a chance to build on that with two games against team hovering near the .500 mark this week. Eastern will host 6-8 Conard on Tuesday and will play Derby at home on Saturday. Derby defeated Eastern in their first meeting this year.
Terryville’s boys let one slip away against Nonnewaug last week and the Kangaroos still remain three wins shy of the postseason with six to play.
They face a pair of rematches this week. The Kangaroos host Litchfield, a 15-point winner in the first meeting, on Tuesday and then travel to take on archrival Thomaston on Friday. Terryville beat Thomaston by 12 in the first meeting. The Golden Bears won for only the second time this season when they beat Housatonic last week.
The Bristol Central and Terryville girls have both been eliminated from postseason contention and will be playing for pride as they wind down their seasons this week.
The Rams have put forth a couple of strong efforts with nothing to show for it in their last outings. Central faces one of its stiffest challenges of the year at Simsbury on Tuesday and then comes home to take on divisional rival Plainville on Friday.
Terryville broke into the win column with a victory over Wilby last week and has a chance to add to that total with two road games on tap this week.
The Kangaroos visit 2-13 Litchfield on Tuesday. The Cowgirls scored a two-point win in the first meeting. Terryville is at Thomaston on Friday night, opening the co-ed doubleheader at 6 p.m. against the 7-9 Golden Bears.
Indoor track teams will compete in the CIAC state class meets at the New Haven Athletic Center this week. Bristol Central and Bristol Eastern will be in the Class L meet on Thursday. St. Paul and Terryville are in the Class S meet on Saturday evening. Bristol Central has several relay teams as well as a number of individuals who could challenge for medals in the Class L event.
The Bristol co-op swim team travels twice this week, visiting Bulkeley on Tuesday and Northwest Catholic on Friday.
In addition to the big showdown between Central and Eastern on Wednesday, the week’s wrestling action includes St. Paul at Derby and Terryville at home against Northwestern in the regular season finale for both on Wednesday.
St. Paul and Terryville will compete in the Berkshire League/NVL tournament on Saturday.