Wrestling takes center stage this week as the high school sports season rolls into its final weeks. Bristol Central and Bristol Eastern will clash in their annual city championship match on Wednesday night in the Thomas M. Monahan Gym. The Lancers will be heavy favorites to claim their seventh straight city championship.
Undefeated Eastern is ranked third in the state and has already clinched at least a share of the CCC South title. The Lancers will claim the crown outright with a win over the Rams who have had an up and down season and are a .500 team going into the final week.
Central, however, comes into the match off a solid win over Maloney last week. The Rams will be looking to claim some individual glory in Wednesday night’s matchup.
The race to the postseason slowed last week for area basketball teams. Bristol Central, Bristol Eastern and Terryville’s boys teams all remain short of the playoffs with just over two weeks left to play. The Eastern and St. Paul girls and St. Paul boys have long since clinched a postseason berth, while Terryville joined Bristol Central in the eliminated category last week.
The Terryville boys remain two games short of a post season berth after losing all three games last week. The Kangaroos could clinch with a repeat of two earlier season wins in road games this week. The Kangaroos are at Shepaug on Tuesday and visit Thomaston as part of a co-ed doubleheader on Friday.
Bristol Central comes off a disappointing week still needing two wins to advance. The Rams have three chances this week with games scheduled at home against Berlin on Tuesday, at Newington Thursday and at Plainville on Friday. On paper, the Rams should be able to pick up wins against sub .500 teams in Berlin and Plainville, but the Rams have had a tough time winning the games that on paper they should this season. The match at 9-5 Newington will be a much more difficult matchup for Central.
Bristol Eastern remains three games away from postseason qualification after the Lancers dropped their only match last week. The Lancers have two winnable games this week at home against Platt on Tuesday and at Berlin on Friday.
St. Paul’s boys have won seven of their last eight and are on the road twice this week looking to add to that streak. The Falcons are at 2-13 Watertown on Tuesday and visit 5-9 Ansonia Friday. St. Paul goes into this week at 11-4 and is ranked seventh in the Class S field.
The St. Paul girls ae 13-3 after losing two of their last four. St. Paul is currently the sixth seed in Class M. The Falcons will look to get back on track with three games this week all at home. St Paul takes on Watertown on Tuesday, Derby on Thursday and Ansonia Friday. Watertown is 12-5 and will be the biggest test of the week. The Falcons already own a win over Ansonia this season.
Bristol Eastern’s girls are 12-5 and currently sit as the 15th seed in Class LL. The Lancers will be looking to move up in seeding and solidify a spot in the CCC tournament when they host Platt on Tuesday and Berlin Friday.
The Bristol Central girls struggles continued last week and the Rams face a four-game schedule this week. Central hosts Newington tonight and travels to Berlin on Tuesday. The Rams will be home to Plainville on Friday and host Woodstock Academy on Saturday afternoon.
Terryville’s girls host Shepaug on Tuesday and will be at Thomaston for a 6 p.m. start on Friday. Shepaug is one of the three teams that Terryville has beaten in their 3-14 season.
In addition to the city series wrestling match on Wednesday, Terryville and St. Paul will also wrap up their regular dual meet seasons. St. Paul is home to Derby and the Kangaroos travel to Northwest Regional. Terryville is in the Berkshire League tournament and St. Paul will compete in the NVL tournament on Saturday.
The Bristol co-op swim team is on the road twice this week. The Bristol swimmers are scheduled to travel to Berlin for a CCC South matchup on Tuesday and will be in Waterbury to take on Wilby on Thursday.