The upcoming week in local sports presents a number of intriguing matchups, including a battle of notable big men in boys basketball this coming Wednesday night.
When the Innovation boys basketball team heads to Bristol Central on Wednesday, it will feature a very interesting matchup between Ravens All-State forward L.J. Hazelwood and the Rams towering 7-foot center in sophomore Donovan Clingan, who is averaging more than 20 points per game. That’s just the start of what is a week full of local action, as all winter sports are now fully underway.
The New Britain boys basketball team has a quiet week in terms of quantity, but its lone matchup of the week is a good one. The Hurricanes take on a very strong East Catholic team on the road on Friday night at 7 p.m., though that start time is likely to be changed to 6:45 p.m.
Southington, which started the season 5-0, has two matchups this week, hosting Avon on Monday and taking the short trip to Maloney on Thursday. Berlin, which won its biggest game of the season last week against Innovation, is away at Lewis Mills on Monday night before coming home to host Northwest Catholic on Friday night.
Plainville is at home to start the week, hosting a strong Middletown team on Monday at 6:45 p.m. The Blue Dragons come into the matchup winners of three in a row and have a 4-1 record on the season. The Blue Devils will also host Hall on Thursday night as part of a three-game homestand. Newington and Goodwin Tech each have two games apiece this week as well, with the Indians in action on Tuesday and Friday and the Gladiators hosting Vinal Tech and Whitney Tech on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively.
The Berlin girls basketball team has stormed out of the gate this season, and will look to stay hot against Lewis Mills at home on Monday night before traveling to Farmington on Thursday. Plainville is on the road for two games this week, facing Middletown on Monday at 5:15 p.m. and Glastonbury on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Newington, which is also looking like one of the stronger teams in the CCC, has matchups with Bulkeley and East Catholic this week. Those games are on Tuesday and Thursday night, respectively, with the latter taking place at home.
New Britain, looking to continue one of its best seasons in recent years, heads to Bloomfield on Tuesday at 6 p.m. before coming back home to meet Enfield on Friday at 7 p.m. The Hurricanes picked up a win over Hartford Public last week, which was their fifth victory of the season, trying the team’s mark from each of the past two seasons. Staying in the Hardware City, Innovation has a busy week with three games on deck, including Monday against Bolton, Thursday at Terryville and back home Friday against Cheney Tech. Goodwin Tech plays Vinal Tech on Tuesday before continuing a three-game road trip on Friday against Abbott Tech.
Tuesday sees a local bout in the swimming pool, as the Newington boys swim team travels to Plainville at 4 p.m. The Indians also close out their week with another local battle when they head to Berlin to take on the Redcoats on Friday at 4:15 p.m. Before Berlin greets Newington, it will hit the road to meet E.O. Smith/Tolland on Wednesday at 3:45 p.m.
The Southington boys swim team, which just beat Plainville last week, has one meet this week, hosting East Catholic on Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. The Blue Knights are looking for their second win in a row after opening the season with a loss to Cheshire.
Both local boys ice hockey teams have two games apiece in the coming week, as Hall-Southington greets Housatonic co-op on Monday night at 7:40 p.m., looking to avenge a 4-0 loss to WMRP last Wednesday night, which snapped a five-game winning streak. Hall-Southington then heads to Storrs to take on E.O. Smith/Tolland at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Newington-Berlin-Manchester travels to New Milford on Wednesday for a 7:30 p.m. start before hosting Shepaug co-op on Saturday at 8 p.m.
Wednesday will see a matchup between two area teams on the mat, as the Newington wrestling team travels to Southington at 6 p.m. Berlin, which beat Maloney last week, will head to Rocky Hill for a 6 p.m. start, while Plainville hosts Platt at 6 p.m. as well. The busy Wednesday continues with New Britain, which is on the road against East Hartford at 6 p.m.