The winter season officially got under way last week with girls basketball, wrestling and boys basketball getting a few games in, but this week marks the first full week for many of the sports.
Snow on Saturday pushed a few games and matches back into this week, so what was an already crowded week has become even more crowded with a lot of exciting local events.
Monday is loaded with quality girls and boys basketball games. The big ones taking place are between Berlin and New Britain.
The Berlin girls will be visiting New Britain, while the Redcoat boys will be hosting the Hurricanes.
The Berlin girls have gotten off to a 0-2 start this season, including a one point loss in their home opener on Thursday. New Britain, on the other hand, will enter the game 1-1 and coming off a 26-point win over Newington.
The Berlin-New Britain boys matchup it will be the season opener for both teams.
The Hurricanes are coming off of a down season, while Berlin is coming off of a good season, but will have to replace a lot of key players from last year.
Tuesday is a very busy day with action in several different sports.
Both girls and boys basketball have nearly a full slate of games, including the Innovation girls’ home opener.
Elsewhere, boys swimming gets started as three local teams will be in action. Newington will host Manchester/Cheney Tech, Berlin hosts Farmington and Plainville visits Northwest Catholic.
Tuesday will also feature one wrestling match, between Southington and Simsbury. The Blue Knights opened up their season last week with a dominating win over Enfield and will look to keep that momentum going into this match.
Wednesday is a bit of a lighter day on the schedule, but there are four local wrestling matches and the first hockey game to pop up.
The big wrestling match is between Berlin and Bristol Eastern. The Redcoats got their season started this past week with a blowout loss at the hands of Manchester and will look to get back on track against the Lancers.
The hockey game on the schedule for Wednesday is between the two area teams, as Hall-Southington will be visiting the Newington co-op in the season opener for both squads.
Thursday is another busy day of local action as five different sports have events going on.
Basketball is the big sport on Thursday, though, as there are six local teams playing on both the boys and girls sides.
One of the boys games to watch will be Plainville hosting Maloney. The Blue Devils are coming off a 7-13 season and all five starters from that team have graduated. This will be the second game of the season for Plainville and it still has a lot of questions to answer.
For the girls, a game to watch on Thursday is Newington hosting Hall. The Indians won their first game of the season over Rockville, but followed that up with a 26-point loss to New Britain, so the jury is still out on this year’s team. Hall, meanwhile, crushed Hartford Public by 63 in its season opener and played Southington close in its second game, so this will be a tough test for the Indians.
Friday closes out this week because of Christmas and it is a light day, with only two local events taking place.
One is the Newington Co-op visiting BCR for a night hockey game and the other is Berlin hosting a wrestling tournament with Jonathan Law and Portland at 2 p.m. Jonathan Law is 0-1 so far this season, while Portland has yet to participate in a match.