The high school regular season comes to a close this week with the final city contests in baseball, softball and golf, plus conference track meets, a city showdown in girls lacrosse and a few makeup games on the schedule.
The CIAC will release most of its tournament pairings on Friday and with only one area team still on the bubble, most local teams can only hope to improve their seeding in the upcoming week.
Bristol Eastern won both the baseball and softball city games the first time around and the Lancers will be favored in both today.
The softball teams meet this afternoon at Bristol Eastern, while the baseball tams will battle under the lights at Muzzy Field at 7 p.m.
Girls lacrosse between the Bristol co-op and St. Paul will be played on Wednesday night, and the city golf championship involving all three local teams is slated for Thursday.
Eastern’s softball team claimed the CCC South Blue championship last week and will be looking to close out a stellar regular season with another win over the Rams.
The Lancers are currently 16-2 and the fifth seed in the Class LL field and could move up one more spot if they can win both games this week.
After their matchup with Central today, Eastern closes out the season at home against 5-12 Conard on Wednesday.
Bristol Central will not be in the postseason field for the first time in 25 years, but the Rams would like nothing more than to close out a disappointing year with a win over their arch rivals.
The Rams are 6-13 overall after a very difficult out of conference schedule, but could finish as high as second place in the CCC South Blue with a win and a little help from other schools.
The baseball teams are both 9-9 going into tonight’s game. They are currently in a tie for 26th in the Class L rankings, but with the potential to move up as many as eight spots for whoever can win out.
Eastern won a tough 3-0 decision in the first meeting and both teams have struggled through an up-and-down season.
The Lancers will have a makeup game with Maloney at home on Wednesday, while Central will travel to Tunxis Mead to take on Farmington under the lights in the season finale.
St. Paul’s baseball and softball teams have finished their regular seasons, but both remain alive in the NVL tournament.
The Falcons’ softball team faces a big challenge in the semifinals against top-ranked Seymour today. St. Paul finished the regular season 15-4 and appears to be locked into the No. 10 seed in the Class S tournament field.
The St. Paul baseball team is at Municipal Stadium this afternoon to take on 12-9 Seymour as it bids to make it back the league championship.
The Falcons are the defending Class S state champions and are currently the No. 4 seed in the Class S field, but could move up to No. 3 if Coventry loses its season finale to E.O. Smith this week.
League tournament games do not count toward state tournament rankings.
Terryville’s softball team is the only area team still on the tournament bubble. The Kangaroos need to win their season finale at home today against Wamogo to advance. The Warriors beat the Kangaroos 5-0 in Litchfield earlier this season.
Terryville’s baseball team has qualified for the postseason and is one of two teams sitting at 8-10 and in the 25th seed in Class S.
The Kangaroos will be looking to move up a few spots as they close out the season with games at Wamogo today and against Housatonic in Terryville on Wednesday. Terryville beat Wamogo handily in the first meeting, but dropped a tough 5-2 decision at Housatonic a couple of weeks ago.
The CCC South divisional track meet will be held Wednesday at Willow Brook Park in New Britain.
Bristol Central’s boys are the undefeated Blue Division champion and are expected to battle head to head against White Division champ Middletown for the top spot.
Bristol Central’s and Bristol Eastern’s girls will be looking for strong individual efforts as they battle against Wethersfield, Berlin, New Britain and Middletown for top honors.
The top finishers in each event at the meet earn all-conference honors, and Bristol Eastern hopes to have several athletes challenge for top spots on the boys side. The meet is also the last chance for individuals to qualify for next week’s state meets.
St. Paul will compete in the NVL championship on Tuesday.
St. Paul’s boys squad is the only area lacrosse team to qualify for the postseason.
The Falcons will close out the regular season at Watertown on Wednesday and play in the WCLC tournament on Thursday while awaiting their postseason assignment.
The Falcons are one of four teams with an 8-8 record in the Class S field.
The St. Paul girls team will play in the WCLC semifinals at home today before closing out the season against the Bristol co-op team at Bristol Central on Wednesday night.
The Bristol co-op also has a game at Berlin as they wrap up their CCC schedule tonight.
The boys lacrosse season came to an end for Bristol Central and Bristol Eastern last week.
The Rams scored a hard-fought 6-2 decision over the Lancers on senior night, but lost out on a chance to qualify for the CCC South tournament when they dropped a 12-10 decision at Rockville on Saturday afternoon.
The city’s tennis teams have a few makeup games on tap this week before moving on to tournament play.
Area golf teams still have a few matches left in the regular season this week before wrapping it up with the 18-hole city championship showdown at Pequabuck on Thursday, beginning at 11 a.m.