CROSS COUNTRY: FIRST CAPITOL INVITATIONAL AT MCNAIR PARK, 4 P.M. This is the first major race of the new season. If you want to see how the top runners stack up early, this is the place to catch them.With both boys and girls varsity races broken into large and small school categories and a host of lower-level races, this is where we see who put in the work in the offseason.

FOOTBALL: LADUE AT SLUH, 7 P.M.—Fresh off a pair of crushing defeats, the Rams (0-1) and Junior Billikens (0-1) will bump heads in this nonconference clash. Both teams feature explosive offenses as SLUH’s outstanding tandem of quarterback Trevor McDonough and wide receiver Stefan Sansone have a chemistry that is unrivaled. Ladue will bring out its big gun in highly-touted wide receiver Jehu Chesson.

FOOTBALL: MICDS AT LUTHERAN SOUTH, 7 P.M.—After scoring a double OT win over top-ranked Maplewood-Richmond Heights last week, MICDS (1-0) is back playing under the lights in its first Metro League contest against perennial cellar dweller Lutheran South (0-1). But don’t think this will be a cakewalk. Lutheran South hired Chuck Faucette in the offseason. His resume includes coaching stints at the University of Texas, SMU and he was most recently with the St. Louis Rams. He brings a new attitude and work ethic to the Lancers.


BOYS SOCCER: MICDS ROUND ROBIN TOURNAMENT, 11 A.M. AT MICDS John Burroughs, Kennedy, Ladue, Clayton, Affton and host MICDS will knock the ball around all week. Saturday’s matchups will determine who wins the early season event. With a strong field full of historically stout programs, it’s a great gauge of where these teams stack up to start the season.

FOOTBALL: DE SMET AT HAZELWOOD EAST, 1 P.M.—Something has to give in this matchup of Spartans. De Smet (1-0) and Hazelwood East (1-0) both rolled to first-week wins. They beat their opponents by the combined score of 83-0. With De Smet superstar and Oklahoma recruit Durron Neal making plays on both sides of the ball, it will be tough for Hazelwood East to contain him.


BOYS SOCCER: SLUH VS. DE SMET, 5 P.M. AT CBC, VIANNEY VS.CBC, 7 P.M. AT CBC The opening round of the 34th annual CBC Tournament gets underway with a pair of dynamite matchups. These old rivals will clash against each other in a round-robin format at CBC Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Defending champion SLUH returns a solid core of players.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL: ST. JOSEPH’S AT INCARNATEWORD, 6:15 P.M.—The rivalry is renewed as the Angels and Red Knights meet for the first time since last year’s final four when St. Joe’s captured its eighth state championship. IncarnateWord has 11 championships of its own. St. Joe’s won last season’s meeting with a clean 2-0 sweep. Bring your spirit and your earplugs, it’s going to be rocking at the Word!


FIELD HOCKEY: URSULINE AT VISTATION, 2 P.M. An Early Out game, this matchup pits two of the better field hockey teams against one another. Visitation boasts the top goalkeeper in the region in senior Mary Altepeter. Ursuline has one of the region’s top players in midfielder Maddie Friedmann. Ursuline thinks it can be a pretty salty squad this year.


BOYS SOCCER: SLUH vs. Vianney, 5 p.m. at CBC, DeSmet vs. CBC, 7 p.m. at CBC The second round of the CBC Tournament continues.