Even before some high-school football games begin at noon Saturday, Sept. 10, that morning already will have been a busy local sports day with a couple of big annual events taking place.
At 8:30 a.m. at Barcroft Park in Arlington, girls softball games begin for the 21st annual First Responders Cup tournament, which lasts two days with four age groups of teams participating.
About the same time a few miles away at Burke Lake Park in Burke, the 2022 high-school cross country season gets going in full with the annual Monroe Parker meet. The boys race starts at 9:15 a.m., followed by the girls at 9:45 a.m.
There are more than two dozen boys and girls varsity teams signed up for those races, which will include many of the area’s top runners.
There also are other freshman and junior varsity races that morning at the Monroe Parker meet.
At noon that day, the Bishop O’Connell High School football team hosts its second game of the season, in what continues as a busy sports Saturday.
– Dave Facinoli