It is a full week ahead for area high school teams as they bid to clinch or improve their postseason standings. Four area teams have already clinched and will be out to improve their seeding, while many more will have the opportunity to clinch this week.
Bristol Central and Bristol Eastern have both clinched in volleyball, while Terryville and St. Paul each remain two wins short.
Bristol Central is the only area team that has clinched in boys soccer. Bristol Eastern needs at least a win and a tie, while St. Paul and Terryville will need to pick it up over the final two weeks if they hope to clinch. In girls soccer, St. Paul is in the tournament and Bristol Eastern is close.
Among the many highlights on this week’s schedule is the CCC cross country meet on Tuesday at Wickham Park, where the Bristol Central boys are hoping to make some noise not only in the South division, but in the CCC as a whole. The Rams finished the regular season unbeaten at 8-0 and will be heavy favorites in the South division.
The Bristol Central swim team saw its undefeated season go by the boards with a narrow loss to Windsor last Friday and the Rams will now turn toward claiming a CCC South title. Their matchup at home against Middletown Tuesday afternoon will be the biggest test of the season in the division so far for the Rams.
Terryville will face rival Thomaston on the soccer pitch on Wednesday. The boys will play at Terryville and the girls at Thomaston. It is the only meeting of the season between the two rivals this year.
The boys soccer schedule is a busy one this week. Bristol Central will have three home matches as it bids to move into the upper half of the Class L tournament seedings. All three of the week’s opponents have struggled well below the .500 mark this season, but the Rams have had some problems of their own in finding the scoring range in recent games. Central hopes to break out of that scoring drought at home against Platt this afternoon, against Middletown under the lights on Wednesday and against Manchester on Friday.
The Bristol Eastern boys have two games this week as they look for the two wins that will put them into the tournament. The Lancers face 5-5 Maloney at home on Tuesday night and host RHAM (4-5-2) on Friday.
St. Paul’s boys are looking to snap a nine-game winless streak at home against winless Derby on Tuesday. The Falcons need to win four of their remaining five games to reach the postseason. St. Paul visits 3-7-1 Wilby on Friday.
Terryville’s boys had their three-game win streak stopped by Lewis Mills last week. The Kangaroos still need at least two wins and a tie and face two rematches with teams that beat them the first time around as well as their traditional rivalry game with Thomaston on tap this week. Terryville visits Nonnewaug Tuesday and travels to Northwestern on Friday.
Bristol Eastern’s girls soccer will have to battle in a tough three-game week if they hope to pick up the three points they need to qualify. The Lancers should get a win on the road today at 3-7 Maloney, but it will be much more difficult Wednesday when they face a rematch with a Middletown team on the road that beat them 3-0 the first time around. Eastern has an tough interdivisional match at 8-3 East Catholic on Friday.
The Bristol Central girls are still three wins away from qualifying, but have the chance to pick up at least some of those wins in a busy three-game week. Central takes on two sub-.500 teams before facing a very stiff challenge at undefeated Enfield on Friday. The Rams travel to Platt today and are home against Maloney on Wednesday.
Terryville’s girls also have three games scheduled. In addition to their matchup with Thomaston, the Kangaroos face Nonnewaug at home on Tuesday and visit Northwestern as part of a doubleheader with the boys team on Friday. Both opponents had easy shutout wins over Terryville the first time around. Terryville needs to win our of its remaining six games to qualify.
St. Paul’s girls are in the tournament. The Falcons are currently the No. 9 seed in Class S and will be looking to move up with matches at Derby on Tuesday and home against Haddam-Killingworth on Friday, before taking on NVL foe Sacred Heart Saturday morning.
In volleyball, Terryville and St. Paul will both be looking for the two wins that will put them in the postseason. Terryville travels to Gilbert on Tuesday and is home against Housatonic on Friday. The Kangaroos own wins over both already this season.
St. Paul has three chances to get its two wins this week, but they will be challenges. The Falcons host Oxford, a 3-1 winner over St, Paul in the first meeting, today. They will be at home against Goodwin Tech (12-2) on Wednesday and travel to Seymour on Friday. Seymour is also 12-2 and pulled out a tough 3-2 win over St. Paul in the first meeting.
Bristol Eastern continues its very difficult interdivisional schedule at home tonight against undefeated defending Class L state champion RHAM. The Lancers take on Platt in Meriden on Wednesday and visit Woodstock Academy (11-3) on Friday. Eastern clinched its postseason spot last week.
Bristol Central is currently in position to earn a home match in the postseason and the Rams would like to add to their win total this week. The Rams host winless Manchester tonight and take on Middletown in a rematch at home on Wednesday. Central won in straight sets at Middletown earlier this season.
Terryville cross country closes out the regular season at home against Thomaston today and will look for a strong finish in the Berkshire League meet at Black Rock on Friday. St. Paul cross country will take part in the NVL meet on Wednesday at Veterans’ Park in Watertown.
In swimming, Bristol Eastern travels to Meriden on Tuesday afternoon and visits Plainville Friday in a pair of CCC South matches. St. Paul’s swimmers are at Watertown today for their only meet of the week.