The New London High School girls' basketball team has drawn first blood with a 48-38 win in their first game against Griswold on Saturday. Their next game is a 7 p.m. away game against Norwich Free Academy on Tuesday. It's a big week in general for the Whalers as the remaining winter teams start their seasons. The boys' basketball team has their first game against Woodstock Academy at 7 p.m. on Friday at the NLHS gym, while the wrestling team opens against Fitch at a 6 p.m. away match on Wednesday and the swim team takes on East Lyme at 3:30 p.m. on Friday.
At the Williams School, the boys' basketball team (0-3) lost a Dec. 3 game against St. Thomas More 54-18 and another two days later to Marianapolis, which prevailed 47-27. The Wheeler School defeated the girls' basketball team 36-15 on Dec. 5. The Blues are about to take a break for the holidays, with a squash match on Dec. 14 against the Wheeler School as their last scheduled competition before January.
Mitchell College continued to mark milestones for the school in the past week. The men's basketball team (5-3) marked its first ever win against WCSU on Dec. 4 with an 86-70 result, then won a thriller on Saturday as a buzzer-beating three-pointer led to an 89-84 overtime win against Daniel Webster. The women's team (1-7) picked up their first win of the season with a commanding 84-36 defeat of Lesley on Dec. 5, but in turn was Daniel Webster's first prize of the season when a final basket put the Eagles up 45-44 over the Mariners.
It was a big week for the Connecticut College women's basketball team, which racked up three wins to put their record at 5-4. The Camels dealt Albertus Magnus their first loss of the season with a 77-68 win on Thursday, then eked out a 66-61 victory over Rivier on Saturday and won the Whale Cup with a 54-43 triumph over the Coast Guard on Sunday. The men's basketball team (3-5) split a pair of games in the past week, losing a Dec. 4 competition with Hunter 75-64 before winning 82-59 against Salve Regina on Saturday. In the rink, the men's ice hockey team (2-5-1) lost to Manhattanville 5-3 on Dec. 4, defeated Colby 7-2 on Friday, then fell to Bowdoin 7-1 on Saturday; the women's team (4-3-1) lost to Holy Cross 2-0 on Dec. 4, then twice beat Neumann with a 3-0 result on Saturday and 6-2 score on Sunday. Williams College beat both of the Camels' swimming and diving teams, triumphing 205-82 over the women's team and 190-98 over the men's team. And Wesleyan bested both squash teams on Friday, beating Conn College 7-2 on the men's side and 8-1 on the women's side.
Prior to the Conn College defeat, the Coast Guard Academy women's basketball team (5-4) fought to a 36-32 win over MIT on Dec. 4 but lost to Smith 74-57 on Thursday. The men's team fell to their Merchant Marine rivals 72-44 on Dec. 5, dropping to a 1-5 record for the season. Roger Williams bested the Bears in wrestling on Dec. 5, racking up 25 points to the Coast Guard's 12.