Trying to decide what high school sporting events you should check out around Kentucky this weekend? Here are some recommendations:
Soccer showdowns (weather permitting): Dozens of boys’ and girls’ games are scheduled as part of the Purples Classic in Bowling Green on Friday and Saturday. Seven of the state’s top 25 boys’ teams in the latest Maher Rankings will be participating: No. 8 Daviess County, No. 12 Hopkinsville, No. 13 John Hardin, No. 18 Oldham County, No. 19 Lafayette, No. 20 South Warren and No. 21 Elizabethtown. Lafayette will play McCracken County on Friday and South Warren and Bowling Green on Saturday.
Bethlehem, rated No. 18 in the girls’ rankings, is the only top-25 girls’ team playing in the field.
But wait there’s more: Gonna be in Bowling Green but disinterested in fútbol? Consider instead checking out a football game. St. Xavier, ranked second in Class 6A behind Trinity, visits Bowling Green High School on Saturday after a week off. The Purples lost to Pleasure Ridge Park (ranked third in Class 6A) and had a 28-game win streak snapped last Friday. South Warren is undefeated since moving to Class 5A this season and on Saturday hosts Franklin-Simpson, which ended its season last year in Class 4A.
Doc Sipple Bowl: Undefeated Madison Central and Southwestern (No. 5 in Class 5A) clash in the first game of a doubleheader at Madison Southern on Saturday night (5:30 p.m. kickoff). The host Eagles will take on Bourbon County, ranked eighth in Class 4A, at 8 p.m.
Tanner Duke Invitational: Nineteen Kentucky high schools — including every Lexington school except Lafayette and Lexington Christian — are registered to compete in this annual cross country event hosted by Henry Clay at Masterson Station Park on Saturday.