The high school sports season moves into its final full week this week with a couple of city series matchups highlighting the action.
City series action will be in girls swimming and volleyball.
The swim meet between Bristol Central and Bristol Eastern will be on Tuesday afternoon at the Malone Pool. With the CCC South championship no longer on the line, the meet will be for bragging rights.
Central scored a narrow win over the Lancers in the city championship meet earlier this month and Eastern will be out to turn that result around in the dual meet. The Rams have lost two straight after a 7-0 start and need a win to get back on track as they head to the postseason.
The volleyball match between Central and Eastern will be Thursday at Central. The Rams have not beaten the Lancers in volleyball since 1993 and Eastern wants to keep that streak alive.
Eastern has already clinched the CCC South Patriot Division title and will be bidding to finish unbeaten in the South as well as to improve its seeding in both the CCC and Class L state tournaments. Central has enjoyed a very strong season, but has yet to find a way to stop the Lancers.
Before their city rivalry match, both teams will have some business to take care of. Central is at home against a very strong Torrington team on Tuesday, while Eastern will host Plainville tonight and Glastonbury on Tuesday.
The Rams are 13-5 on the season and are currently the 15th seed in Class L, but face two of their toughest opponents of the season this week. Torrington is 16-1 and the top seed in Class M and Eastern, despite its 9-7 overall record, is still the class of the Southern Division.
Eastern should have no problems against winless Plainville tonight, but the match with Glastonbury (13-3) is another in a season-long stretch of matches against the top teams of the CCC.
Both Eastern and Central will be competing in the CCC Tournament, which gets underway on Saturday.
Cross country teams will participate in the state championship meet on Saturday at Wickham Park in Manchester.
Bristol Central’s boys cross country team will be looking to recover from a disappointing performance in the CCC meet last week when it takes part in the Class L state championships on Saturday. The Rams are hoping to finish in the top four and qualify for the State Open as a team.
Terryville goes into the class S state championship off a very strong second place finish in the Berkshire League meet and has one of the top individuals in Corey Picard, who won the league race.
St. Paul volleyball still needs one more win to clinch a tourney berth and wraps up its regular season with matches at home against Ansonia tonight and Northwest Catholic on Tuesday. St. Paul beat Ansonia in a 3-2 decision in the first meeting. Northwest Catholic is 4-13 in the tough CCC West.
Terryville clinched a postseason spot with two wins last week. The Kangaroos are 8-4 and have three matches on tap this week, hosting Wolcott Tech tomorrow, traveling to Kaynor Tech on Wednesday and hosting Goodwin Tech Thursday.
Bristol Central is the only area boys soccer team to have clinched a postseason spot. The Rams have only one game this week, at Plainville tonight. Central is currently in the unenviable No. 16 seed in the Class L tourney. With two games remaining in the season, the Rams will be looking to close out with two victories, which would not only assure them of a home game to open the tourney, but would also clinch the CCC Patriot Division championship. Central currently trails Plainville by a half game in the race for the division title.
Bristol Eastern soccer needs one more win in its remaining three games to reach the postseason. The Lancers have only one game this week, at home against Plainville on Friday night. Eastern closes out the season with two games next week.
The St. Paul and Terryville boys soccer teams both find themselves in must-win situations. The Kangaroos must win two of their remaining three to advance to the postseason. They are at Shepaug tomorrow and host Litchfield on Friday. The Falcons need at least a win and a tie with three games remaining. St. Paul travels to Torrington (6-6-2) tonight, hosts Wolcott (5-7-2) under the lights on Wednesday and wraps up the season at Haddam-Killingworth (11-2-1) on Thursday.
In girls soccer, both St. Paul and Bristol Eastern have clinched tournament berths. Bristol Central needs at least a tie in one of its remaining two games and Terryville needs to win out.
St. Paul improved to 9-2-3 with two wins last week. The Falcons are currently the No. 3 seed in Class S and are assured of a home match in the first round. St. Paul will look to close out strong with matches at home against Torrington tonight and at Wolcott on Wednesday, before moving on to the NVL tournament his weekend.
Bristol Eastern clinched its postseason spot with a tie at East Catholic last Friday. The Lancers have only one match this week, at Plainville on Thursday night. Eastern can clinch the CCC South Patriot Division title with a win.
Bristol Central still needs a tie to make the postseason and it will be a challenge for the Rams. Central closes out the season with games against two teams that scored easy wins over the Rams the first time around. Central’s only game this week is a home match against Plainville tonight.
Terryville needs five points in its remaining three games. The Kangaroos host Shepaug tomorrow and are at Litchfield on Friday.
Bristol Eastern and Terryville cross country will square off against each other tomorrow at Terryville High School.