Holiday hoops tournaments highlight week ahead in area high school sports

Published on Monday, 25 December 2017 22:47
Written by DAVE GREENLEAF

Correspondent

It is holiday break time on the high school sports schedule and holiday tournaments take center stage this week, including one attractive event that will be held here in town.

Bristol Central will host its second annual boys basketball tournament, with games on Wednesday and Friday in the Charles C. Marsh Gymnasium.

Bristol Eastern girls basketball will travel to Danbury, the Bristol Central girls will be in the North Haven tournament and the St. Paul girls participate in the Todd Burger Holiday Tournament in Fairfield this week.

Wrestlers wrap up the week with tournament appearances as well.

Unbeaten Bristol Eastern will take on some of the state’s best in the Danbury Holiday tournament, Bristol Central will be at the Southington Duals and St. Paul will be at the Killingly Duals on Saturday, while Terryville takes part in the Glastonbury Duals on Thursday.

The Bristol Central tournament features a couple of teams that have made it through the first two weeks of the season unbeaten.

South Windsor (3-0) and East Lyme (2-0) will square off in the opening game of the tournament on Wednesday. Host Bristol Central will take on Wolcott, with both teams looking for their first win of the year in the second game. Opening day winners will battle following the consolation match on Friday.

St. Paul’s girls are off to a strong 4-0 start, but will take a step up when they take on the FCIAC in the tournament that opens on Wednesday afternoon at Fairfield Warde against the 4-0 Mustangs. The Falcons will play at Fairfield Ludlowe against either Ludlowe or Staples on Thursday.

The Bristol Eastern girls make their annual trip to the Greater Danbury Girls Holiday Festival this week. The Lancers take on New Milford in a 3 p.m. start on Tuesday and will face either Danbury or New Fairfield on Thursday.

Eastern picked up its first win of the season last week, but faces another tough opponent in the unbeaten Green Wave of New Milford.

The Lancers will also play at home against Wethersfield in a CCC crossover matchup on Saturday.

The Bristol Central girls will make their first ever trip to the North Haven holiday event. The Rams are still looking for their first win as they return to action with a 1 p.m. game on Wednesday.

Montville, Amistad and North Haven, three teams who have combined for just two wins in eight starts this season, join the Rams in the tournament field. Central plays Montville in the opening game.

Saturday’s icy weather forced the cancellation of the Lancers Duals, but the Eastern wrestlers will have another opportunity to face some of the best in the Danbury tournament on Saturday.

The Hatters remain the state’s top-ranked team. Among the teams expected in the tournament will be New Milford, the state’s No. 2-ranked team last season and Eastern’s biggest competitor for the Class L state crown. The Lancers also have a meet at Simsbury on Thursday.

Bristol Central was scheduled to compete at the Simsbury tournament last Saturday, but that event was postponed to Wednesday.

The Rams also have a meet scheduled at New Fairfield on Thursday before traveling to Southington for the Blue Knights Duals Tournament on Saturday.

The Rams picked up their first win last week, but face a challenging schedule this week against some top-ranked teams.

St. Paul’s wrestlers had their meet against Nonnewaug postponed last week and are still looking to make their 2017 debut. The Falcons are scheduled to take on Nonnewaug at home on Thursday before traveling to Killingly for Saturday’s dual meet tournament.

Terryville hosts Derby on Wednesday and will travel to Glastonbury for the Tomahawks’ annual dual meet tournament on Thursday.

Most of the remaining area basketball teams will also be in action this week, although not in tournament events.

Bristol Eastern’s boys are off to a strong 2-0 start and will step away from the CCC to take on Watertown on Friday at home. The Indians are still looking for their first win. The Lancers will be looking to close out 2017 with a perfect mark when they host Platt in a makeup game on Saturday.

St. Paul’s boys have a tough NVL road matchup at Torrington on Wednesday in their only game of the week. Both teams are 1-1 on the young season.

Terryville’s boys have the week off and don’t play again until Jan. 3, but the girls will take on Northwestern in Winsted on Friday in their only game of the week. The Kangaroos are still looking for their first win and will have their hands full with the 3-0 Highlanders.

The only indoor track team slated to see action his week is Bristol Central. The Rams are scheduled to run at the Will Wright event at Southern Connecticut on Thursday and in the Wintergreen Invitational, also at SCSU, on Saturday.

The Bristol co-op swim team has the week off.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol Central, Bristol Eastern, St. Paul, Terryville on Monday, 25 December 2017 22:47. Updated: Monday, 25 December 2017 22:49.