FRIDAY, SEPT. 30
LADUE’S RON JORGENSON INVITATIONAL, 4 P.M. AT QUEENY PARK—One of the oldest meets in town, the Jorgenson brings a wide variety of teams together, both large and small. Eureka is the defending girls’ champion. O’Fallon won the boys’ race last year.
VIANNEY AT CBC, 7 P.M.—CBC enters this game riding high by opening its season with five straight victories. Vianney High School has won six games the last two seasons combined. It will be interesting, though, to see how the young Golden Griffins handle the challenge of what many people think is the best football team on this side of the state. This version of the Cadets is also thought to be, within their alumni and fans, to be one of the best teams to ever pull on the CBC jersey.
GATEWAY CITY SOCCER CLASSIC 3:30 P.M.—One of the largest soccer tournaments in the nation, this showcase features 60 teams from all over the country broken into seven different brackets. Among the teams participating are locals CBC, Chaminade High School, St. Louis University High School, De Smet Jesuit, Vianney High School, Parkway Central High School, Parkway West High School, Eureka High School, Hazelwood Central High School, Granite City High School and Rockwood Summit High School. Rockhurst High School (Kansas City, Mo.) will play in the same bracket as CBC and SLUH. There are also teams from California, Colorado and Chicago. The games are spread throughout the region, but SLUH and CBC will play host to their bracket. For more information and updated brackets and schedules, please visit gatewaycityclassic.com.
SATURDAY, OCT. 1
STE. GENEVIEVE AT JOHN BURROUGHS, 2 P.M.—John Burroughs continues to rebuild under new coach Gus Frerotte. The Bombers will be tested against a Ste. Genevieve team that stunned rival Valle Catholic in Week 1 and then knocked off Maplewood-Richmond Heights two weeks ago.
MONDAY, OCT. 3
WHITFIELD AT JOHN BURROUGHS, 3:30 P.M.—Two title contenders no matter the year, this should be a good old-fashioned rivalry game. Sure Burroughs wants to beat MICDS, but it’s Whitfield that has held the keys to the Class 1 state championship. Many a good Burroughs team has fallen to Whitfield early in the playoffs. The last time Burroughs won the state championship, 2009, it knocked off Whitfield in districts.
TUESDAY, OCT. 4
NERINX HALL AT COR JESU, 6:30 P.M.—Regional rivals square off in what would appear to be a one-sided match. Nerinx Hall is among the area’s top teams while Cor Jesu Academy is trying to find itself after graduating an outstanding core of talent the past two seasons. Nerinx relies on Hannah Graf and the defensive stylings of Caroline Kellogg and Brennan Delsing.
MICDS AT VIANNEY, 7 P.M.—Might not look like much of a matchup when you break it down. However, despite making it to the Class 3 state title game last season, the Golden Griffins lost at MICDS last fall. Coming off the Gateway City Classic, Vianney could be vulnerable to the Rams once more.
THURSDAY, OCT. 6
DE SMET VS. MILLER CAREER AT SUMNER, 6:30 P.M.—A rematch of what was by far and away the biggest upset of last fall, the Spartans take to the road to get some revenge.
LUTHERAN NORTH VS. MICDS AT SLUH, 7 P.M.—MICDS doesn’t often to get to strap on its helmets under the lights, much less play host. With their game against Lutheran North pushed up to Thursday, the Rams get to do both—in the shadow of the Science Center.