It is the final week of the regular season for local high school sports teams.
The postseason fate of all but two of the area teams is now decided, with only the final seedings still to be determined for most. The CIAC will release the official tournament pairings at the end of the week, but in the meantime, there is still a final city series matchup, a couple of conference tournaments and a few more regular season games to take care of.
The final regularly scheduled city series showdown is set for tonight when the Rams and the Lancers will clash on the soccer pitch at Bristol Eastern for the final time this year. The boys will kick things off with a 5:15 start and the girls will follow.
Beyond local bragging rights, there will be plenty at stake in the boys match in terms of tournament seeding.
Bristol Central is currently the No. 17 seed in the Class L field. The Rams could move up to the No. 15 spot and secure a home game in the first round with a win tonight and a little help from their cross-town rivals against Maloney later this week. Central could drop as many as three places with a loss.
Eastern qualified for the tournament with its last-minute win over Plainville last Friday. The Lancers are currently seeded 30th, but have the potential to move up as many as 10 spots if they can win out this week. Eastern has one more game remaining after tonight, a trip to face Maloney at Falcon Field on Wednesday.
Eastern scored a 2-1 overtime win over Central in the first meeting and could move past the Rams into second place in the CCC South Patriot Division with a repeat tonight.
The loss to Eastern earlier this month started the Rams into a long slide. After opening the season undefeated in the first five games, Central has struggled to a 4-6 record since then and will be looking for a big win tonight to launch them into the postseason on a positive note.
On the girls side, both teams are safely into the tournament, but neither will have a high enough seed to secure a home berth in the first round.
A .500 regular season mark is on the line for both teams tonight as the Rams come in at 7-8 and the Lancers are 7-7-1. Eastern is currently seeded 24th and Central 29th in the Class L field. Eastern won handily in the first meeting.
The only area teams whose postseason fate remains up in the air are the St. Paul boys soccer and volleyball teams.
The Falcons are still a win away from postseason qualification in soccer and have one regular season game remaining. They host Wolcott under the lights at St. Paul on Wednesday. It is a big match for both teams. The Falcons are 4-8-3 and need a win to advance. The Eagles are 5-8-2 and could get in with a win or a tie.
The Falcons’ volleyballers need to win their season finale at home against Lewis Mills on Wednesday. It will be a tall task against a team that is 12-4 going into the final week of the season.
The CCC volleyball tournament gets underway tonight, with both Central and Eastern playing.
The Lancers, champions of the CCC South, are the No. 4 seed and will host Glastonbury in a 4:30 start. The Lancers beat the Tomahawks in their regular season meeting last week.
Bristol Central is the 12th seed and will travel to South Windsor to take on the CCC East Colonial Division champs. Both teams are 13-7 overall.
Should both Central and Eastern win their games tonight, they would square off against each other at Eastern on Wednesday. The semifinals are Thursday and the finals on Saturday at Glastonbury High School.
Both Central and Eastern are headed to the CIAC tournament. Based on current seedings, Central is the No. 15 seed and would open with a home match. Unless there are some big changes based on the few games still to be played by other teams, that match would be against Bristol Eastern, currently the 18th seed.
St. Paul’s girls soccer team won the opener of the NVL tournament on Saturday and will take on No. 1 Woodland tonight at 5 p.m. at Torrington High School. The finals are slated for Wednesday in Torrington. The fifth-seeded Falcons knocked off the No. 4 seed from Naugatuck on Saturday.
The St. Paul girls finished the regular season at 10-3-3 and are currently the fourth seed in the Class S field, but could move up another spot pending the outcome of games involving other teams this week.
Terryville’s girls are eliminated from postseason contention and close out the regular season at Housatonic this afternoon.
The Terryville boys are also out of the postseason after games last week. The Kangaroos wrap up the season at home this afternoon against Housatonic.
Terryville volleyball is currently the No. 8 seed in the Class S field. The Kangaroos have two matches this week. They visit Lewis Mills today and wrap up at home against 5-13 Weaver on Wednesday. Terryville dropped a 3-0 decision to Mills in the first meeting.
The Kangaroos are guaranteed a home match to open the tourney and could move up a couple of places with a pair of wins.
Area swimming and cross country teams have wrapped up their regular season. The swimmers are preparing for conference and state meets. The CCC swim meet will be held on Friday at Platt. The NVL trials are Wednesday, with the finals on Friday at Kennedy.
Terryville’s Corey Picard and Chris deForest are the only local runners to qualify for the cross country State Open, on Friday at Wickham Park in Manchester.