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Oh what a way to start the high school season

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By Mike Farner

 SHEPHERDSVILLE – While the high school golf seasons have been going for a few weeks now and the soccer and volleyball seasons started earlier this week, the big bang of starts to the fall sports season comes this weekend.

First, Friday night will have the first two football games of 2013 with both North Bullitt and Bullitt East going on the road to play strong opening opponents.

(Bullitt Central will not open the season until next Friday when they play at home against Fairdale. The preview story on the Cougars will appear in next Wednesday’s edition.)

After the Friday fireworks, the action shifts to Saturday with both the Bullitt Cup for area boys’ soccer teams and the girls’ Bluegrass Invitational Tournament hosted by Bullitt East at Heritage Hill Golf Course.

Bullitt Cup Soccer

Following a year in which there was only one game played in the Bullitt Cup because Bullitt Central was not ready to compete at the varsity level last season, the event returns with a complete slate of three games on Saturday at North Bullitt.

It will be an early start for the boys’ soccer teams as the action will start at 8 a.m. with North Bullitt taking on Bullitt East. At 10 a.m., Bullitt Central will move into action as they will play Bullitt East. Then at noon, Bullitt Central will tangle with North Bullitt.

In the only game played in the event last year, Bullitt East won 3-0. The last time all three teams took part on a single day, Bullitt East won the event with two wins including 1-0 over North Bullitt.

Actually, Bullitt East has never lost a game in the Bullitt Cup.

Because Bullitt East is no longer in the same district as their two county rivals, this will be the only meeting this season with Bullitt East taking on the Eagles and Cougars. Bullitt Central and North Bullitt will meet again on Sept. 10 at North Bullitt.

Bullitt East got the season off with a great win on Monday as they defeated defending Sixth Region champion Fairdale 1-0 on a goal by Dustin Roeder. In goal, Dylan West got the shut-out.

There will be a single admission charge to watch all three games.

Bluegrass Invitational

Also on Saturday, the Bullitt East Lady Chargers will be hosting their annual Bluegrass Invitational Girls’ Golf Tournament at Heritage Hill Golf Course. The event returns to Heritage Hill after being played last year at Glenmary Golf Course.

The event is once again being sponsored by Schmid Funeral Home.

Bullitt East head coach Andy Oder has another strong field for this year’s event including defending state champion Sacred Heart. He has 16 full teams set to play and another seven teams, including North Bullitt, will send individuals to the event.

Sacred Heart won last year’s event. The Valkayries are led by Maddie Hamilton who finished third in last year’s state tournament.

Shelby County, which has won the event in the past, will also compete and is led by Jordan Webb. Elizabethtown also has a strong team and the team’s best golfer is Lauren Hartlage.

Oder says all three of those girls could break par on the challenging Heritage Hill course.

Shelby County was fifth in last year’s state tourney while Elizabethtown was seventh.

The action will start at 8 a.m. and Oder hopes to be handing out awards at around 3:30 p.m..

The public can come out and watch throughout the day. There is no admission charge.