High school sports are in a bit of a lull now as New London High School and The Williams School have concluded most of their fall sports. The exception, of course, is NLHS football. The Whalers have their traditional game against Norwich Free Academy, a rivalry dating back to 1875, with a 10 a.m. home game on Thanksgiving. New London is ranked seventh in the CIAC standings for the Class M division, although every team from fifth through 11th has a 7-2 record. The Thanksgiving games are the last ones contributing toward tournament standings, with quarter-finals scheduled for Nov. 27.
The first high school winter sport competitions begin next week as Williams' basketball and squash games start on Nov. 28.
The Coast Guard Academy and Mitchell College faced each other in their first women's basketball game of the season on Thursday; the Coast Guard came out on top, 76-36, but lost their second game in a 62-53 result against Johnson & Wales on Saturday. In men's basketball games, the Bears fell to Salem State 87-60 on Friday before coming back the next day with a 68-57 victory over Southern Vermont. The men's swimming and diving team has won each of its competitions since the beginning of the month, with the fifth one coming on Saturday as the Bears topped Providence 169.5 to 116.5.
Mitchell College hosted its Tip-Off Tourney Showcase over the weekend with the men's basketball team earning a 105-99 victory over Green Mountain on Friday and 78-76 win over Johnson State on Saturday. The women's team is off to a slower start, losing to Brandeis 89-45 on Saturday and to Trinity 85-39 on Sunday.
Connecticut College is officially done with fall sports with the men's cross-country team placing 13th at the NCAA Division III Championship on Saturday. The Camels have also started up their extensive winter sports season, with Haverford edging Conn College 70-69 in men's basketball on Friday; the team rallied to defeat Swarthmore 76-62 on Saturday. The women's basketball team also starts at 1-1 as the Camels lost to Endicott 58-47 on Friday before defeating Simmons 52-27 on Saturday. On the ice, the women's hockey team lost to Trinity 3-0 on Friday before fighting the school to a 1-1 tie on Saturday; the men's hockey team lost to Wesleyan 5-2 on Friday and Trinity 6-0 on Saturday. In a tri-meet opener on Saturday, the women's swimming and diving team bested Tufts and Middlebury in respective 160.5-118.5 and 149-138 results; the men's team defeated Middlebury 179.5-99.5 but fell to Tufts 144-135. Both the men's and women's squash teams defeated Haverford 9-0 on Saturday but lost by the same score to Franklin and Marshall on Sunday.