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Greenwich Winter Sports Kick Into Gear

GREENWICH, Conn. — The winter sports season gets into full swing Wednesday for Greenwich High School teams. The boys basketball, boys ice hockey, wrestling, gymnastics, indoor track and boys swimming and diving teams all start their seasons in the next week.

Kicking off the winter slate Wednesday is the boys basketball team, which hosts Stamford High at 7 p.m. The Cardinals are trying to improve on a tough 2010-11 campaign, in which they won just four games all season and finished near the bottom of the pack in the Fairfield Interscholastic Athletic Conference.

The girls basketball team started play last week with a 1-1 start, including a win over Fairfield Warde, 49-47. The girls also play Wednesday at Stamford at 5:30 p.m.

The boys ice hockey team kicks off its regular season schedule Thursday, when the Cardinals host West Haven at Dorothy Hamill Skating Rink at 8 p.m. Greenwich is trying to erase the memory of last season, in which the Cardinals struggled through injuries to a 7-11-2 record and just barely qualified for the Class LL state tournament. Greenwich was bounced in the first round against top-ranked New Canaan.

The wrestling team has its first match Thursday when the Cardinals host Bridgeport Central at 4 p.m.

Girls ice hockey plays its second game of the season Thursday, hosting Ridgefield at 4 p.m. at Dorothy Hamill rink. The girls won their opener against the new Stamford-Westhill co-op team, 13-1.

Greenwich's defending state-open champion and 19-time defending Class LL champion boys swimming and diving team will try to add to its hardware starting Tuesday, Dec. 20. Greenwich will face a stiff test in its opener against defending Class M champion, New Canaan, in a 3:45 meet at the Greenwich High pool.

The gymnastics team competes in its first meet Thursday, Dec. 22, at Weston Middle School at 5 p.m. The boys and girls indoor track teams hold their first meet Thursday, Dec. 29, at Wilton High School at 9:30 a.m.

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