Week ahead offers exciting matchups for New Britain area teams

Published on Sunday, 22 January 2017 22:27
Written by DAVID GLOVACH

STAFF WRITER

Another week of the winter season once again provides plenty of opportunities for matchups that could be worth watching.

Basketball will get the week started with 10 games between the boys and the girls today.

Perhaps the most notable will be the matchup between the Newington and Weaver boys, with both teams leading their divisions in the CCC.

The Indians are 6-4 and must contend with a 9-2 Beavers squad that has little trouble scoring. But Newington comes in playing some of its best basketball of the season, having won five straight.

The Indians will finish off their week with a conference game against Berlin (5-5) on Thursday, which could see an exciting matchup between Jared Simmons and Spencer Duke.

The Redcoats travel to Middletown (9-2) tonight for their first game of the week.

New Britain, meanwhile, will continue to try to get back on track. At 1-10, the Hurricanes’ playoff hopes are becoming bleaker and bleaker with each passing game, so every matchup has become important.

After hosting Bristol Eastern (4-8) tonight, New Britain will host Maloney (4-7) on Thursday.

Southington will attempt to get over the .500 mark, and at 4-5 will have a chance to do so against two of the bottom feeders of the CCC, playing at Rockville (1-7) on Tuesday and hosting Glastonbury (1-9) on Friday.

The girls also have some solid games taking place tonight, the most notable of which is New Britain (6-4) at division-leading Bristol Eastern (9-4). The two already met earlier in the season, with the Lancers cruising to an easy 62-50 win over the Hurricanes. With New Britain currently second in the CCC South Blue, this is an important matchup.

The Hurricanes will then host Plainville (3-9) on Tuesday and play at Maloney (2-9) on Thursday, which should not be too difficult.

The Blue Devils will host Maloney today and then Bristol Eastern on Thursday.

The other game to watch tonight will be Middletown (11-1) against Berlin (6-6). This will be no easy task for the Redcoats, but could provide an opportunity to test themselves against one of the best teams in the CCC before hosting Newington (6-6) on Thursday in an interconference game.

Southington (5-6) will start its week on Tuesday as it hosts Tolland (6-4). The Blue Knights will have a much more difficult matchup on Friday when they travel to Glastonbury (9-2).

As the basketball games go on, wrestling picks up on Wednesday with plenty of local-against-local dual meets.

Newington will host Southington in a meet that is sure to favor the Blue Knights, but will be a good measuring stick for the Indians’ young wrestlers. New Britain at Berlin will be the other local matchup, and will be sure to feature a back-and-forth night with some exciting matches along the way.

Plainville hosting Platt will be the other meet of the night. Injuries once again have riddled the Blue Devils, so this will be about more than just the score.

The wrestling week will once again conclude on Saturday with tournaments. Berlin and Southington will compete at the CT Challenge, which will be hosted by the Blue Knights. New Britain and Newington, meanwhile, will take part in the Hastings Duals, hosted by the Indians.

In boys swimming on Tuesday, Berlin will host Bulkeley/HMTCA at Platt High School, while Plainville will host the Bristol co-op, with Newington traveling to Hartford Public. Southington will welcome Conard to its pool at the Southington YMCA on Wednesday to begin its week.

All four local teams will continue their action on Friday, as the Redcoats will take on Avon at Maloney and the Indians welcome the Bristol to their pool. The most interesting in terms of local teams, though, will be when the Blue Devils take on the Blue Knights.

There are also plenty of ice hockey games slated to take place throughout the week.

Hall-Southington will take on E.O. Smith-Tolland at home on Tuesday, one of three games this week for the Warrior-Knights. They will then take on Newington-Berlin on Wednesday and Taconic (Mass.) on Saturday.

Newington-Berlin’s other game is also on Saturday, as it travels to the Danbury Ice Arena to take on Brookfield-Bethel-Danbury.

Wethersfield-Manchester-Rocky Hill-Plainville is set to play two games this week as well, taking on E.O. Smith-Tolland on Wednesday at the Newington Ice Arena and then traveling to play Bolton-Conventry-Rockville on Friday.

Gymnastics and indoor track round out this week’s events.

David Glovach can be reached at or On Twitter: @DavidGlovach



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