Fall sports schedules starting to take shape

Published on Monday, 14 September 2020 16:30
Written by RYAN CHICHESTER

@ryanchichester1

The 2020 high school football season, at least in its normal full-contact form, remains in limbo as the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference awaits feedback from the Department of Public Health following Friday’s in-person meeting in Hartford, but other fall sports are beginning to prepare for the shortened season ahead.

The season for all other fall sports is scheduled to begin on Oct. 1, with full team practices slated to start this weekend, and regular season schedules are now starting to take shape.

Some fall sports teams, like Bristol Eastern and St. Paul boys soccer, are still putting their schedules together and only have 2-3 games scheduled as of Monday afternoon, but many other teams have full schedules in place that will take them through the end of the regular season in early November.

In boys soccer, Bristol Central is scheduled to begin its season at home against Avon on Oct. 1 at 3:45 p.m., and will only have games on Tuesdays and Thursdays this year. The Rams also have notable games against Southington on Oct. 6 and Oct. 22, Bristol Eastern on Oct. 29 and New Britain on Nov. 3 before closing on the road against Lewis Mills on Nov. 5.

The Blue Knights open on Saturday, Oct. 3 against 2018 state champion Plainville at 3:45 p.m., and also will only play on Tuesdays and Thursdays after that, with their final game of the year coming at home against Farmington on Nov. 5.

The Blue Devils are still formulating the rest of their schedule and have six games listed at the moment, but one of them will be home against New Britain on Oct. 20. The Hurricanes open up action against Lewis Mills on Friday, Oct. 2 at 3:45 p.m.

Terryville has a full 12-game slate scheduled, with its opening match against Wolcott Tech on Oct. 1. The Kangaroos’ home opener will be the following day against Litchfield, and its season closes on Nov. 6 on the road against Wamogo.

Newington is still finalizing its schedule, but will open things up in a local battle with Berlin on Oct. 1 at Sage Park at 6 p.m. The Redcoats will play Rocky Hill, Middletown, Platt and Wethersfield twice this season in an effort to limit travel. Their season finale comes on Oct. 5 on the road against the Panthers.

The Berlin girls soccer team, coming off a surprising disqualification in last year’s state tournament, will open up its season at home against Middletown on Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. The Redcoats, like the boys team, will face multiple teams multiple times this season, and will have a date with Newington and All-New England senior Olivia Mullings on Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. in Berlin.

New Britain has a few games left to fill in on its schedule, holding seven at the moment, and one of them is a season-opening contest with defending state finalist Southington on Oct. 1 at 3:45 p.m. The Blue Knights open the year with three home games, all local bouts, with games against Bristol Central and Bristol Eastern following the season opener against New Britain. The Blue Knights will also play at home against Plainville on Oct. 29 before closing at Farmington on Nov. 5.

The Rams open against Avon on Oct. 1 before hosting Bristol Eastern on Oct. 3, while over in Terryville, the Kangaroos start with Wolcott Tech on Oct. 1 at home.

Back in the Hardware City, Goodwin Tech opens against Wilcox Tech on Oct. 2 before a city battle with Innovation on Oct. 9. The boys soccer teams play each other twice this year, first on Oct. 8 and again on Oct. 26.

In girls volleyball, Bristol Central opens at home against Avon on Oct. 1 and is loaded with local bouts this year, including Southington and New Britain twice. The Rams will host Bristol Eastern on Oct. 29, with the last match between those two teams at Central being decided in a five-match thriller.

Eastern, coming off of a dominant season and still armed with All-American quality talents like Zoe Lowe, Ryley Plourde and Leah Chipman, is still finalizing its home schedule but does have a match with the Hurricanes set for Oct. 15. New Britain opens against Southington on Oct. 1, and plays again the next day at Lewis Mills. Goodwin Tech, coming off a conference championship last year, opens with six straight at home, starting on Oct. 2 against MLC and closes the year against Innovation on Nov. 6. The Ravens have a full 11 games scheduled this year, but all on the road.

Berlin opens on the road against Middletown on Oct. 3, and closes against Newington at home on Nov. 5. Terryville has a full schedule intact, starting with Housatonic Regional on Oct. 1, while St. Paul and Plainville are still putting together their home slates.

The girls swimming schedule is still taking shape, with Berlin having just four meets scheduled, the first coming on Oct. 10 against Farmington, and its only home meet coming Oct. 14 against Hall. Bristol, Newington and Southington have no more than three meets currently scheduled, as swimming’s need for indoor venues makes scheduling more challenging during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Southington field hockey team will open its season at Simsbury on Oct. 2 before coming home the following day to host Farmington at 3:45 p.m. Its 11-game season closes on Nov. 5 against Granby Memorial. Newington is still working to finalize its schedule, though its season opener is currently listed to be on the road against Wethersfield on Oct. 1.

The Newington cross country teams open on Oct. 1 against Platt, and Bristol Central begins the same day against Avon. Southington is currently scheduled to open on Oct. 7 against Plainville, while Berlin’s current first meet is slated for Oct. 7 as well, against Middletown.

The maximum amount of regular season contests allowed this year, per the most recent CIAC fall sports plan, is 12, with no more than two games per week. All regular seasons are to conclude by Nov. 7, with tournament experiences ending by Nov. 14 for cross country and Nov. 21 for all other sports.



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