The postseason is drawing near.
For some of the local teams, this upcoming week will mean a chance to finally lock up a spot in state tournament play. For others that have already qualified for a playoff berth, this week will be about improving their seeding in their respective tournaments and ironing out any last-minute kinks.
And then there are those whose real fun begins as the postseason gets underway.
The New Britain boys basketball team will be the local squad generating the most interest as the regular season comes to a close. After starting off just 1-9, the Hurricanes are now 6-11 - two wins shy of qualifying for the Class LL tournament with three games left to go.
New Britain will play two of its remaining three this week, with one being a little easier than the other. The Hurricanes will host E.O. Smith (9-8) on Tuesday and then travel to Newington to take on an Indians team (10-5) on Friday that has won nine of its last 10. This will be a difficult task for New Britain, but it did manage to beat a solid Rocky Hill team last week in overtime.
Newington, meanwhile, will start its week on Wednesday when it hosts Windsor (12-4).
Berlin boys basketball is another team on the cusp on qualifying for the Class L tournament. At 6-9, the Redcoats will have three opportunities this week to get the job done. Up first for Berlin will be Manchester (7-9), another team looking to qualify, on Tuesday. The Redcoats will then round out the week at Rocky Hill (9-6) on Wednesday and then against South Windsor on Saturday.
Southington (8-8) will look to improve its playoff stock at Tolland (11-4) on Tuesday, against Conard (3-13) on Thursday and at Hall (7-9) on Friday, while Plainville is still searching for its first win of the season. The Blue Devils (0-16) are set to face Conard on Tuesday and divisional opponent Platt on Thursday (6-10).
The girls will get the week underway with six of the seven area teams playing tonight. Berlin (8-11), New Britain (10-9), Newington (12-7) and Southington (10-8) have all qualified for their respective postseason tournaments and this week will be about improving their own seeding, like the Newington and Southington boys teams.
Plainville (4-14), Goodwin Tech (7-11) and Innovation (5-12), however, have not. The Blue Devils have been eliminated with just two games left, while the Gladiators and Ravens both have a chance.
Innovation must win out in its final three games just to qualify and will host Bunnell (7-11) tonight, Public Safety (1-15) on Wednesday and Achievement First (11-5) in its regular-season finale on Friday.
Goodwin Tech, on the other hand, will have two chances to reach the playoffs once again. Up first will be Capital Prep (12-5) on Thursday and then O’Brien Tech (2-12) on Friday.
The Indians will close out their season tonight against Wethersfield (12-6). The Blue Knights will host Suffield (18-1) tonight and then play at Northwest Catholic (7-11) on Tuesday. The Hurricanes will take on winless Hartford Public (0-17) tonight, while the Redcoats host Plainville.
As the basketball teams still have a little while to go before the postseason begins, wrestling gets underway with state meets Friday and Saturday as teams will attempt to earn individual and team state championships before possibly moving on to next week’s State Open.
Plainville will take part in the Class S tournament at Trumbull High School, Berlin at the Class M’s at Guilford, Newington at the Class L tournament at Bristol Central and New Britain and Southington at the Class LL’s at Trumbull. Each tournament will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday and roll into Saturday with action beginning at 9 a.m.
Ice hockey, boys swimming and indoor track all continue their schedules this week as well with track taking part in their class championships throughout the week before the State Open on Saturday.
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