The winter season continues to tick away, but once again there are a number of interesting games, meets and matchups worthy of keeping an eye on this upcoming week.
While most weeks start out on the slower side, this week starts strong from the very beginning with the Bristol Central Invitational taking place today, sure to excite local wrestling fans.
Poor weather resulted in the wrestling tournament’s postponement back on Jan. 7. But with the weather finally looking like it will cooperate, local teams Berlin and Plainville will have a chance to test themselves and their individual wrestlers against some strong competition, with more than a dozen teams set to participate.
The wrestling week will continue Wednesday, with New Britain traveling to Newington in a local CCC matchup, while state-ranked Southington hosts Hall and the Redcoats welcome Maloney to their home gym.
It will also see the Blue Devils travel to Bristol Central for the second time in three days for a dual meet with the Rams in what could see plenty of notable matches play out.
The busy week will continue with the tournament schedules resuming on Saturday. Berlin will compete at the Eagle Classic at East Catholic, New Britain will partake at the Granby Duals, Newington and Plainville will both be at the New Milford Tournament and Southington will travel up to New Hampshire to wrestle in the Timberlane Tournament.
While wrestling begins the week, basketball will begin on Tuesday and run through Friday. As always, this will be an important week for local teams to continue to build off what they did last week or try to get back on track.
The New Britain boys are still looking for their first win of the season, with Plainville providing a good opportunity to end their eight-game losing streak. The Blue Devils are also winless at 0-8 and by the time the final buzzer sounds, one team will have captured that elusive first win of the year.
It will be the first of back-to-back games for the Hurricanes, who welcome Enfield to their home court on Wednesday. Plainville, meanwhile, will play at Berlin (4-5) on Friday against a Redcoats squad that will have had almost a week of rest.
The Newington boys (5-4) will look to continue their upward climb, but will have another tough week ahead, starting with a trip to Rocky Hill (7-2) on Tuesday before hosting division leader and rival Wethersfield (7-3) on Friday in a game that will be sure to excite, especially with the way the duo of Jared Simmons and Matt McKinnon have been playing on the court as of late.
Southington will take on Northwest Catholic on Tuesday before playing South Windsor at home on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in what will be the second game of a doubleheader, with the girls taking on the Warriors at 6 p.m. It will be the Southington girls basketball team’s lone game of the week.
Speaking of the area girls basketball teams, New Britain will play its only game of the week against CCC opponent Plainville. The Hurricanes (6-5) will look to stay above .500 against a Blue Devils team (3-8) that has been much better in years past.
Plainville will also play at divisional opponent Berlin (4-6) on Friday. The Redcoats will also play at Amistad on Wednesday.
Newington (6-5) might have the toughest week of the girls teams. Like the boys squad, the Indians will play similar teams, hosting Rocky Hill (8-2) on Tuesday for a difficult game before traveling to rival Wethersfield (5-5) in a game that could go either way.
In the pool, the Indians will be the lone team to partake in two meets this week, with East Catholic visiting on Tuesday and then facing off against Berlin at Platt on Friday. Plainville will host Hartford Public in Tuesday’s other meet, while Southington will swim at East Hartford on Friday.
The local hockey teams will also have some notable matchups, with Newington-Berlin playing at NFA and Hall-Southington playing at E.O. Smith-Tolland at the UConn Hockey Arena on Wednesday.
It is the end of the week, on Saturday, that has the greatest local feel to it as Hall-Southington travels to the Newington Arena to take on Wethersfield-Manchester-Rocky Hill-Plainville at 1:35 p.m.
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