The high school sports season moves into high gear as the midpoint of the season approaches this week, with some teams facing as many as four games, weather permitting, in the week ahead.
A few area teams can clinch postseason berths with a sweep of the week’s action, but most will need to wait another week or two before their tournament status is known.
The highlight of the week is the second annual Greater Bristol Invitational track meet, hosted by Bristol Central on Friday. The event starts on Friday at 4 p.m. and continues under the new lights at the Central facility.
More than a dozen teams will come to town for the event, which will feature many of the top performers in the area.
The St. Paul softball team, at 7-1, carries the best record of all area teams into the week’s action and the Falcons can clinch a postseason berth with one more win.
With three games at home against teams that have managed just three wins in 21 games so far this season, St. Paul should have its tourney spot safely in hand by week’s end. The Falcons face 0-7 Wilby today, 1-6 Ansonia on Wednesday and 2-5 Kennedy on Friday.
St. Paul’s baseball team could also earn a tournament spot this week, but the Falcons would need to sweep their three road games to clinch. St. Paul is at winless Wilby today and visits a two-win Ansonia team on Wednesday, but will face a stiffer challenge on Friday as they step out of the NVL for a visit to unbeaten Lewis Mills.
The Bristol Eastern softball team has enjoyed the early part of its schedule and could also clinch a tourney spot with a sweep this week. But the Lancers are taking a step into the tough CCC South part of their schedule this week and end the week with a home match against unbeaten Middletown on Friday.
Eastern hosts Avon - which has played only once so far this season and lost 24-0 to Middletown last week - today and travels to take on an always tough Platt team on Wednesday.
The remaining area teams are still a bit short of the postseason.
Bristol Central’s softball team has endured a grueling opening schedule. The Rams have had five consecutive state-ranked teams on the schedule, and it doesn’t get any easier today when 5-0 Glastonbury comes to town.
Central will make up a game against East Catholic (3-3) on Tuesday and travel for another makeup game at Trumbull (5-2) on Wednesday before coming home for a CCC South matchup against 1-4 Wethersfield on Friday.
The Bristol Eastern and Bristol Central baseball teams both go into the week with four wins, still four short of postseason qualification.
The Rams have tough CCC interdivisional matches at Glastonbury today and against Simsbury at home on Wednesday before traveling to Wethersfield for a CCC South match on Friday.
The Lancers could take a big step towards picking up a good chuck of the four wins they need this week. Eastern visits Hall on Tuesday, then takes on CCC South foes Platt at home on Wednesday and winless Middletown on the road on Friday.
Terryville’s softball and baseball teams continue to struggle through the early season. The baseball team is 2-3 and has a busy four-game week. Terryville faces unbeaten Lewis Mills on the road today before traveling to Winsted to battle 3-2 Gilbert on Tuesday. The Kangaroos return home to take on Wamogo on Wednesday and Gilbert on Friday.
The Kangaroos softball team is 2-5 and has two tough ones on tap, at home today against Lewis Mills and on the road at Wamogo - currently on a five-game win streak - on Wednesday before visiting winless Gilbert on Friday.
Bristol Central’s golf team has yet to take to the links this season, but the Rams will make up for it in a big way this week with three matches on tap, beginning this afternoon against Middletown at Pequabuck. The Rams visit Maloney on Wednesday and host Rocky Hill on Thursday.
Bristol Eastern will travel to Plainville tomorrow and host Platt at Chippanee on Thursday. St. Paul will take on Kennedy and Holy Cross, also at Chippanee on Thursday. Terryville visits Housatonic tomorrow and hosts Nonnewaug and Lewis Mills at Pequabuck on Wednesday.
Area lacrosse teams are still struggling to find the winning combination and the week’s schedule remains loaded with challenges.
The Bristol girls co-op team has the best chance to break back into the win column this week. It will host Rockville in a battle of struggling CCC South teams today and take on winless Northwest Catholic at home at Bristol Eastern on Wednesday.
St. Paul’s girls also have a chance to add to their win total, as they host Wolcott tonight and Holy Cross under the lights on Friday. The only win among those two opponents is Holy Cross’ victory over Wolcott last week.
At 3-4, St. Paul has the best record of the area boys lacrosse teams. The Falcons have just one match this week, but it is a good opportunity to even the record at .500, as winless Wamogo comes to town tomorrow.
Bristol Central has won just once in seven games and a trip to Tolland on Wednesday and a home match against Ellington on Saturday at noon will be tough ones for the Rams.
Bristol Eastern’s only win of the season came against Wamogo last week. The Lancers have only one match this week, at home against CCC South leader Rocky Hill on Friday.
In addition to the invitational meet on Friday, area track teams all have conference matchups scheduled for Tuesday. Unbeaten Bristol Central is at Willow Brook Park to take on New Britain, Bristol Eastern hosts Newington, St. Paul has an NVL showdown at Naugatuck with Sacred Heart and Terryville hosts Thomaston.
Tennis moves into full gear this week as well. Bristol Central’s girls have four matches, including home battles with Maloney today and Wethersfield on Friday.
Bristol Eastern’s girls host Berlin today in a CCC South showdown. St. Paul’s girls have one match at home this week, when they host Wilby today at Peck Park.
On the boys’ side, Bristol Eastern puts its 3-1 record on the line twice his week, including a home match against New Britain on Wednesday.
Bristol Central has played only one match so far this year, but the Rams have three set for this week, including at home against Berlin Tuesday and Rocky Hill on Wednesday.