The first city series basketball showdowns of the season come at the end of the upcoming week, as the local high school scene moves past its midpoint.
Bristol Eastern will host Central in the girls’ battle on Thursday night and the Lancers’ boys travel to Central on Friday.
Eastern’s girls team is riding high after its big win over Enfield last week and the Lancers hope to build on that momentum to move back over the .500 mark for the season, but Eastern faces another of many stiff tests when they take on Middletown on the road on Tuesday.
Central’s girls have struggled to score all season long and the Rams are still looking for that elusive first win.
Central hosts Maloney tomorrow night. The Rams dropped a close one to the Spartans earlier this month and will be looking to break the winless streak before taking on the Lancers on Thursday.
On the boys’ side, both Eastern and Central have enjoyed some success this season, although the Lancers have struggled a bit after losing top player Carter Dziedzic earlier this year.
The Lancers have lost three in a row and four of the last five since Dziedzic went down and have another tough one on Tuesday at home against Berlin, before Friday night’s showdown. Eastern beat the Redcoats in the first meeting earlier this year and would like a repeat to set them on the right track heading into Friday’s game.
The Rams are on a four-game win streak and will become the first local boys team to qualify for the postseason if they can win their two games this week. Central will travel to Platt on Tuesday before coming home to face Eastern on Friday.
St. Paul’s girls became the first area team to qualify with their win over Oxford on Friday. The Falcons are 8-1, but face one of their biggest tests of the season on Friday at home against 8-1 Holy Cross. Before taking on the Crusaders, St. Paul will host 2-6 Ansonia on Tuesday.
St. Paul’s boys have won three in a row to pull to .500. The Falcons will play at Ansonia Tuesday and face a big challenge on the road at one-loss Holy Cross in Waterbury on Friday.
Terryville’s boys picked up a big win last week and have three chances to improve on their 2-4 record this week. The Kangaroos are at 1-6 Housatonic on Tuesday and host 1-5 Thomaston in a rescheduled rivalry game on Thursday, before taking on 6-2 Shepaug at home on Friday.
Terryville’s girls are still winless and have another difficult week ahead. They will host 5-5 Housatonic on Tuesday and host Shepaug (4-5) on Friday. Shepaug already owns a win over Terryville this season.
On the wrestling front, the Bristol Eastern juggernaut will continue its roll to another CCC South championship at home against Maloney on Wednesday, while Bristol Central tries to keep pace at Middletown the same night. The Rams are 2-0 in the division and take on a struggling Blue Dragon squad that has dropped two in a row.
Central is at Fairfield Warde for a tri-meet that also includes Westhill on Saturday, while Eastern will travel to Suffern, N.Y., for another big out of state tournament.
Terryville’s wrestlers host Oxford on Wednesday and take on Avon, Farmington and Gilbert in a tough quad meet at Avon on Friday. St. Paul’s grapplers host Thomaston, Litchfield and Holy Cross on Wednesday and will be at the Mt. Everett (MA) tournament on Saturday.
The Bristol co-op swim team takes on Newington at home on Tuesday and travels to Waterbury to battle Wilby on Friday night.
Bristol Central’s indoor track team will be at the Yale Classic this weekend, while Bristol Eastern and St. Paul will be at the Shoreline meet at Hillhouse on Saturday.