As the high school season rolls into its final month this week, the postseason and conference championships are on the minds of many area teams.
After last week’s action, the area still has just two teams that have clinched berths in the CIAC postseason tournaments. The week ahead will play a big role in determining postseason fates for a number of teams.
Meanwhile, divisional and conference championships remain within reach of several teams.
The Bristol Central boys indoor track team wrapped up a divisional championship with a solid sixth place overall finish in last Saturday’s CCC meet in New Haven.
The Bristol Eastern wrestling team will claim at least a share of another CCC South title with a win at Berlin on Wednesday.
The St. Paul girls and Bristol Central boys basketball teams both remain on track for a divisional crown and could strengthen their position in the week ahead.
Two area teams have the potential to wrap up a CIAC berth with a big effort this week. The St. Paul boys need one more win and the Bristol Eastern girls are two wins away from qualification.
The Eastern and Terryville boys basketball teams are still in contention for the postseason and can move closer, but won’t be able to wrap up a spot this week.
The Bristol Central girls were eliminated from the postseason last week, despite picking up their first win of the year. Terryville’s girls are also out of tournament contention after dropping three last week.
Bristol Central’s boys will be looking to close out an undefeated January when they face Berlin on the road tonight. The Rams have won nine in a row to improve to 10-3 and will be looking for two big CCC South wins this week. Central hosts winless Platt on Thursday.
St. Paul’s girls stumbled a bit in their quest for an NVL divisional crown when they lost at Seymour last week, but the Falcons get a chance to avenge that loss quickly as they are scheduled to host the Wildcats on Saturday night.
The 12-2 Falcons are working to adjust to the loss of leading scorer Janessa Gonzalez and travel to Torrington on Tuesday, before squaring off against 10-4 Seymour again on Saturday.
St. Paul’s boys should be the next team to qualify with two games against sub-.500 teams on tap this week. The Falcons square off tonight at home against Weaver, a traditional state power that has struggled to a 4-8 record so far this year. St. Paul returns to NVL action at 5-6 Seymour on Friday.
Bristol Eastern’s girls still need two wins after dropping two tough ones last week and the schedule won’t get much easier for the Lancers, as they host CCC South power Middletown tonight. Eastern fell by 17 to the Dragons in their first meeting.
The Lancers visit Maloney on Thursday. The Spartans are a traditional CCC South doormat that has had a resurgence this year, winning four of their last five to nudge close to the .500 mark for the first time in a decade.
The Eastern boys must come up with four more wins and the schedule this week is not a promising one for the Lancers, who travel to CCC South Colonial Division leader Middletown tonight and come home to host Maloney in an intriguing matchup of struggling CCC South teams on Thursday.
Terryville’s boys won one of three last week and are now three wins away from the postseason. The Kangaroos have rematches with two teams that beat them the first time around. Terryville travels to Litchfield to take on 8-3 Wamogo Tuesday, then come home to battle a Nonnewaug team that nipped Terryville by four early in the season and has won only twice since.
The Bristol Central girls will be looking to extend their winning streak at home tonight, but it will be a stiff challenge, as they take on 7-7 Berlin. The Rams will travel to Platt for another CCC South match on Thursday.
Terryville’s girls are still looking for that elusive first win and have some hope of breaking that streak when they host winless Wilby on Wednesday. Before that, the Kangaroos will welcome Wamogo to the Terryville gym on Tuesday. Terryville is on the road at 9-5 Nonnewaug on Friday.
In wrestling, Bristol Eastern suffered its first setback of the season on Saturday when the Lancers finished second to a team from Rhode Island in the MASS-CONNfusion Tournament. But the Lancers should have no trouble getting back on track and clinching another CCC South crown at Berlin on Wednesday.
Eastern travels on Saturday to face another group of state powers at the New Fairfield Duals.
Bristol Central will try to keep its slim CCC South divisional hopes alive at home against a very strong Platt team on Wednesday. The Rams are 3-1 in the division and an unlikely win over the Panthers would send them into next week’s showdown with Eastern with a chance to share a crown.
Central is at Woodstock Academy for the Centaur tournament on Saturday.
St. Paul’s wrestlers host Northwestern on Wednesday and visit Farmington for a quad meet on Friday.
Terryville travels to Nonnewaug for a Berkshire League showdown on Wednesday and take part in the Bobcat Tournament on Saturday.
The Bristol co-op swim team opened its CCC South schedule with a big win over Meriden last week and will be looking to keep its divisional hopes alive at home against Berlin on Tuesday. It is the only meet on tap this week for the local swimmers.
It is a light week for area indoor track athletes, as teams prepare for next week’s CIAC class championships. In the only track action scheduled, St. Paul will compete in the NVL Championship meet today at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven.