The end of the regular season is drawing to a close and for some teams that means either trying to improve their postseason standing or make that last push to get there. For others, the state tournaments are already here.
However it plays out, it should be an interesting, if not an exciting week, for the local sports scene.
In basketball, almost every team on the boys or girls side has had their postseason qualifications already determined - one way or the other - but there are still some up in the air that will be determined early in the week.
The Goodwin Tech and Innovation girls basketball teams both enter the week with seven wins and only one game left.
The Gladiators come in having lost their last three games, but have a good chance to notch that eighth win when they visit Norwich Tech on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The Warriors have just three victories this season with 14 losses. Neither team has faced one another this season, but Goodwin Tech has had more success against losing teams. The team will just need another big offensive night from Paola Barbosa.
The Ravens, meanwhile, will travel to Enfield on Tuesday to take on Public Safety at 6 p.m. Much like its cross-the-street counterparts in Goodwin Tech, Innovation will have a chance to secure what has been that elusive eighth win against an opponent that has struggled to get any kind of victories. The Eagles are just 2-16 and have managed to score over 30 points just once this season.
At 12-7, the Berlin girls basketball team has already locked up its postseason spot in the Class M tournament, giving the Redcoats a chance to improve upon their current ranking (18th) in their season finale before getting ready for the CCC Tournament, which is set to begin Thursday.
Berlin will close out its regular season at Middletown tonight at 6:45 p.m. This will be the second meeting between the Redcoats and the Blue Dragons. Berlin took the first matchup 57-50 back on Jan. 18.
Currently ranked 13th in the Class LL standing, Southington (14-5) will host a winless Northwest Catholic (0-18) as the Blue Knights will use the game a final tune up for the CCC Tournament as well. The last time the two faced one another, Southington beat the Lions by 39 points.
Tonight’s game will be played at 6:45 p.m. with senior Janette Wadolowski being the team’s lone player to be honored on senior night.
Newington (9-10), which has already locked up is spot in the Class LL bracket along with Southington, will have a much more difficult challenge. The Indians will square off against Rocky Hill (15-4), which currently sits at No. 6 in the Class M rankings, on the road tonight at 6:45 p.m. Newington and the Terriers played just a week ago with Rocky Hill getting the 10-point win.
After missing the playoffs last year, Plainville (10-9) played its way back into the postseason after a strong start to the year. The Blue Devils have trailed off as of late, losing seven of their last nine games, but will look to finish out the regular season on a strong note when they host Sacred Heart Academy on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
At 5-14, New Britain will miss the playoffs this season and will close its year against Wethersfield (13-6) at home tonight at 6:45 p.m.
On the boys side, Southington has already locked itself up a spot in the Division III tournament, making it the first time the program reached the postseason in back-to-back seasons since 2009-10, 2010-11. Now it is just a matter of improving upon its No. 8 ranking.
The Blue Knights (11-6) will travel out to Hall (2-15) tonight for a 6:45 p.m. game before closing out the week against Tolland on Friday at 6:45 p.m.
After missing the Class LL playoffs last year, New Britain has already qualified for the Division II tournament under first-year head coach Kurt Reis. At 12-5, the Hurricanes currently hold to the No. 11 seed in the bracket and will certainly look to either improve upon that ranking or hold on to it.
In order to do so, New Britain will host Rocky Hill (7-10) on Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. and then host a Bristol Eastern squad (6-11) that enters the week fighting for its playoff life on Friday at 6:45 p.m.
Berlin (8-9) managed to secure its postseason berth in the Division III tournament on Friday with its final two games being about improving its standings and giving the team some momentum as the regular season draws to a close.
The Redcoats will play Maloney at home on Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. before traveling out to face Hartford Public on Thursday for a 6:45 p.m. game.
Goodwin Tech and Innovation also joined the area boys basketball teams that managed to secure postseason spots.
The Gladiators (14-2) are currently the No. 4 team in the Division IV rankings and would certainly like to keep it that way and certainly could. First up is a road game against two-win Wolcott Tech on Tuesday at 6 p.m. and then another road game on Thursday at Wilcox Tech (16-2) - which ranks just ahead of Goodwin Tech in the Division IV standings - at 7 p.m. The Gladiators will then host the neighboring Innovation at 6 p.m. to close out the week.
Speaking of the Ravens, who at 11-6 qualified for the postseason for the first time in the program’s history, will also have three game slated for the week. Before closing out its regular season against Goodwin Tech, Innovation will play at Canton (14-3) tonight at 7 p.m. and then host a 1-16 Public Safety team on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Newington (3-14) and Plainville (1-17) will both miss their respective tournaments.
For the Indians, it will be the first time in 17 seasons they will not be playing in the postseason. They will travel out to Wethersfield for a 6:45 p.m. game on Tuesday and the host Platt (1-16) on Thursday.
The Blue Devils, meanwhile, will close out their season this week with road games against Bristol Eastern on Tuesday and Bulkeley on Friday. Both games are at 6:45 p.m.
The state wrestling tournaments will take place Friday (4:45 p.m.) and Saturday (9 a.m.)
Plainville and its grapplers will compete in the Class S meet at Windham High School, while Berlin will travel to Guilford High for Class Ms. Newington won’t have to travel too far as the Class L meet is at Bristol Central High School and New Britain and Southington are off to Trumbull High School for the Class LL meet.
Boys Ice Hockey and boys swimming also have some interesting matchups on tap for this week.
The Newington-Berlin co-op will face off against Tri-Town at Enfield Twin Rinks at 8 p.m. tonight and host struggling Bolton-Coventry-Rockville on Saturday at 1:10 p.m. But the highlight of the local games will be Wednesday when the Indians play Hall-Southington on Wednesday at Newington Arena at 6:05 p.m.
The Warrior-Knight, meanwhile, will play at Masuk Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.
Wethersfield-Middletown-Rocky Hill-Plainville also has a solid week in store with away games at NFA at 5 p.m. on Wednesday and BCR at 8:10 p.m. on Thursday.
In local swimming action, Southington will swim against Conard at the Cornerstone Aquatic Center on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. and at Cheshire at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Cheshire Community Pool.
Plainville will head out to the Dennis Malone Aquatic Center on Tuesday for a 3:45 p.m. dual meet against the Bristol co-op and will then host Northwest Catholic on Friday at 4 p.m.
Berlin travels to Bulkeley on Tuesday to face the school’s co-op at 3:45 p.m. and will face the Meriden co-op at Platt High School on Friday at 6 p.m.
Newington has just one meet this week as it hosts Hartford Public on Tuesday at 5 p.m.
Overall, it should shape up to be quite the week in local sports.
David Glovach can be reached at (860) 801-5085 or firstname.lastname@example.org