Plenty of key contests this week as winter sports season gets into full swing

Published on Sunday, 17 December 2017 22:48

Staff writer

After a soft opening last week, the high school sports scene moves into full action this week, with all four schools facing some early-season divisional showdowns on the basketball court and wrestling moving into league action, before closing out the week with attractive tournament action.

The Bristol Eastern boys basketball team opened with a solid victory over RHAM on Saturday and the Lancers will be looking to add to their win total this week as they take on CCC South opponents Berlin and Platt.

The Lancers travel to Berlin on Tuesday and host the Panthers on Friday as they look to kick off the season on a strong note before the schedule gets more difficult.

Eastern’s girls have already taken on a couple of powerhouses as they tackle one of the state’s most challenging schedules.

The Lancers are 1-2 on the season and will look to turn it around this week as they get some respite from that very difficult non-league schedule with a home match against Berlin on Tuesday and a trip to Meriden to take on Platt on Friday.

Bristol Central’s boys also face a very challenging schedule and the first three games are among the most difficult.

The Rams opened with a tough loss to Manchester at home on Saturday and it doesn’t get any easier this week, as they travel to CCC South preseason favorite Middletown on Tuesday and come home to take on an always-talented Maloney squad on Friday.

Middletown lost by 27 to the state’s No. 1-ranked team, East Catholic, on Saturday and will be trying to put that loss behind it when it takes on the Rams in its home opener on Tuesday.

Central’s girls have struggled in their first two games and it doesn’t get any easier on Tuesday, when they take on the defending CCC South White Division champs from Middletown at home.

The Rams will travel to Maloney on Friday. Their only win of last season came in an early battle against the Spartans. The Rams have lost 19 in a row since then.

St. Paul’s boys open their season this week and face a tough opening. They will be at home on Tuesday against NVL foe Woodland and then travel to battle perennial superpower Sacred Heart in Waterbury on Thursday.

St. Paul will participate in the BasketBull Hoops Fest at Western New England College in Springfield, Mass., on Saturday, taking on a team from Malden (Mass.) High School at 5:30 p.m.

The St. Paul girls opened with a solid win over Waterbury Career last week and will look to build on that success with three games this week. The Falcons visit Crosby tonight and are at Woodland on Tuesday, before coming home to take on Sacred Heart on Thursday.

Terryville’s boys open with a pair of home games this week and the opener on Tuesday will be among the most challenging of the season, as they take on defending Berkshire League champion Lewis Mills. The Spartans are coming off a 19-1 regular season. It only gets a little bit easier on Thursday when Wamogo, 17-3 a year ago, comes to Terryville.

Terryville’s girls lost a tough one at Shepaug in the opener last week. The Kangaroos are on the road twice this week, at Lewis Mills on Tuesday and at Wamogo on Thursday.

The Bristol Eastern wrestling team picked up right where it left off last season with a big opening week. The unbeaten Lancers will tune up for a big weekend event by opening their CCC South schedule at home against Plainville on Wednesday.

Eastern will host the Lancer Duals, featuring a number of regional powerhouse teams, in a preholiday showcase event on Saturday.

Bristol Central had a tough opening day outing with a loss to Farmington last week. The Rams will be looking to get it turned around when they travel to Enfield for a CCC interdivisional matchup on Wednesday. Central will be at the Chaves Tournament in Simsbury on Saturday.

St. Paul’s wrestlers host Nonnewaug in their season opener on Wednesday.

Terryville takes on Gilbert in a Berkshire showdown in Winsted the same night.

The Bristol co-op swim team will kick off its season at home against Conard on Tuesday.

The only area indoor track team slated for action this week is Bristol Eastern, which will take part in a developmental meet in Glastonbury on Thursday and visit Hartford Public on Saturday.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol Central, Bristol Eastern, St. Paul, Terryville on Sunday, 17 December 2017 22:48. Updated: Sunday, 17 December 2017 22:51.