The 18th annual Rybczyk Memorial Tournament is set to begin this afternoon at Plainville High School and this year’s field should make for some exciting action over the two days it will be played. On the girls side Plainville, St. Paul, Pomperaug and SMSA will be competing. On the boys side it will be Plainville, Weston, Haddam-Killingworth and SMSA.
The first game of the tournament will start at noon and will feature the St. Paul girls taking on Pomperaug. The Falcons have gotten off to a terrific start this year as they have won their first four games, each by at least 12 points. Panthers on the other hand enter the tournament with a 3-2 record, but have won their last two. The team’s last game resulted in an overtime win over Cromwell on the road. Pomperaug has played only road games all season and won’t play its first home game until Jan. 6 against Bethel.
The winner of the noon game will take on the winner of the game between Plainville and SMSA, which is set to start around 5 p.m.
The Blue Devils have started of their season with a 2-2 record entering this tournament. That is quite a step up from Plainville considering it won just three games a season ago. SMSA also enters the tournament with a 2-2 record, but limps into the tournament off of back-to-back losses.
The girls championship game will be played at 7:30 p.m. Friday night while the consolation game, between the two losing teams, will take place at 2:30 p.m.
The boys side gets under way at 2:30 p.m. this afternoon with Haddam-Killingworth taking on SMSA. The Tigers have won each of their first two games to start the season and both of those victories have been by double-digits. Haddam-Killingworth, on the other hand, has split its first two games. The last contest was a close loss at the hands of Manchester.
The other boys game today is between Plainville and Weston and that will be at 7:30 p.m. The Plainville boys team has yet to pick up a win this season as it is 0-3 with all three defeats coming at home. While the Blue Devils are still in search of their first win, Weston hasn’t lost yet this season. The Trojans are 2-0, but this will be the team’s first road game of the season.
The championship game on the boys side will begin at 5 p.m. while the consolation game kicks off Friday’s action at noon.
Michael Woolfson can be reached at 860-801-5203 or firstname.lastname@example.org