By MICHAEL LETENDRE
BRISTOL – Unlike opening week of the high school sports season, most of the scholastic squads in Bristol will be getting a chance to compete at least once this week.
From boys soccer to swimming, it’s a busy slate of action and – weather permitting – here’s what to expect for all the locals.
For all the football action this weekend, check out this weeks “Gridiron Preview.”
In boys soccer, Central plays the most this coming week and here are the squads the Rams are going to be tangling with:
*Bristol Central is in action three times this week, all taking place at 3:45 p.m. First, the Rams’ debut at home against New Britain (Monday, Sept. 12) before stopping at Newington the following day for another CCC South Blue engagement. Finally, on Friday, Sept. 16, it’s Central versus Wethersfield from Bristol.
*The outfit from Bristol Eastern has two matches this week. The first one will be coming from the all-weather field from Plainville on Tuesday, Sept. 13 as the Lancers square off against the Blue Devils while Eastern is back at home on Friday, Sept. 16 as the outfit plays Platt in Bristol. Both games start at 3:45 p.m.
*St. Paul Catholic is on the Tuesday/Friday schedule as well. Tuesday’s contest (Sept. 16) is a special 6 p.m. challenge against Waterbury Career from Municipal Stadium in Waterbury. Then on Friday, Sept. 16, Watertown invades Bristol for an NVL engagement in Bristol at 3:45 p.m.
In girls soccer, St. Paul Catholic has the lightest schedule of the bunch:
*The squad from Bristol Central has two matches to highlight the week. On Tuesday, Sept. 13, the Rams host Newington from Bristol at 3:45 p.m. while on Friday, Sept. 16, Central travels to Wethersfield for a 6:30 p.m. engagement in what should be a great test for the locals.
*Bristol Eastern, after an encounter at Maloney (on Saturday, Sept. 10), has Plainville coming to town on Tuesday, Sept. 13 while on Friday, Sept. 16, the Lancers are on the road against Platt. Both tilts commence at 3:45 p.m.
*The Falcons of St. Paul Catholic play just once this week and it’s on the road and its showdown against Watertown from the John J. Mills Complex at 3:45 p.m.
Each one of our volleyball teams have two meets apiece this week…
*The Rams have two showdowns with matches at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14 is the date of meet one and Simsbury is the place as Central gets an early test against the Trojans. And on Friday, Sept. 16, the Rams battle Tolland in Bristol to round out the week.
*Bristol Eastern in on a Monday/Friday schedule to open up the first full slate of action. On Monday, Sept. 12, the Lancers take on Wethersfield while on Friday, South Windsor travels to Eastern. Both matches take place at 6 p.m. from the Thomas M. Monahan Gymnasium in Bristol.
*St. Paul Catholic High School ends the school week with two showdowns at 6 p.m. First, the Falcons travel to Seymour to battle one of the league’s best squads on Thursday, Sept. 15. And then on Friday, Sept. 16, Crosby comes to Bristol for an NVL encounter from the Maltby Street Gymnasium.
Each scholastic swim team has winnable meets this week…
*The Rams are in action from the Malone Center on Tuesday, Sept. 13 when the co-op squad of Bulkeley/HMTCA comes to Bristol.
*Bristol Eastern is on the road to start the scholastic campaign, battling at Wethersfield (Tuesday, Sept. 13, 5 p.m.) and South Windsor (Friday, Sept. 16, 3:45 p.m.) are on the docket for the Lancers.