Mark your calendars for some of the best high school sporting events this week.
Mechanicsburg at Carlisle, Friday, 7 p.m.: The Wildcats and Herd face off in their annual home opener under the lights of Ken Millen Stadium. Carlisle has the upper hand in the series, winning the last seven meetings between the rivals, including a 27-14 win last fall at home for the Cats.
Cedar Cliff in Shippensburg, Friday, 7 p.m.: A rematch of last year’s Class 5A District 3 Quarterfinals, a 10-7 decision in favor of the Colts, Mid-Penn’s two perennial powerhouses highlight Week 1’s roster. Ethan Dorrell of Shippensburg’s Cedar Cliff and Tucker Chamberlin are back at each team’s center looking to turn the tide on what was a defensive showdown last year at Memorial Field.
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Township of Manheim to Cumberland Valley, Friday, 7 p.m.: A grass surface, bright lights and a large scoreboard are some of the new features Eagles players and fans will look forward to when the Eagles host a Lancaster-Lebanon powerhouse at revamped Chapman Field. The on-field play is likely to match the new top-notch facilities, with the Eagles rising under third-year head coach Josh Oswalt and the Blue Streaks still posing as a formidable opponent.
Mid-Penn Keystone at Lewistown Country Club, Monday, 1 p.m.: Mechanicsburg, off its 16-year Premier League crown, begins its title defense as hosts Huskies, Red Land and Palmyra begin their quest to dethrone the Wildcats in the division’s opener of the season.
Mid-Penn Capital at Harrisburg Country Club, Monday, 10 a.m.: The Capital Division is also getting the ball rolling on its 2022 slate. Boiling Springs, which is chasing a fourth straight division title, has gone 72-0 regular season games the past three seasons. Camp Hill, Middletown and Trinity are the favorites to clinch the Bubblers’ winning streak.
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Trinity at Dallastown, Monday 3:45h: Two prosgrams coming out of the district’s playoff campaigns a year ago kick off the regular season with an early test. The Wildcats swept the Shamrocks a year ago in Trinity’s only regular season loss.
Mechancisburg au Nord, Saturday, 3 p.m.: The Polar Bears are testing their new back line against a Wildcat team that surrendered nearly all of its roster from last year in a non-league opener for both teams. Liam Stockbauer’s goal was the difference in a 1-0 victory for Mechanicsburg when the teams met last season.
North Allegheny at Cumberland Valley, Saturday, 12:30 p.m.: A year after a relatively inexperienced group won a trip to the district playoffs, the Eagles open their season against perennial powerhouse WPIAL North Allegheny, who are hungry after an upset quarterfinal loss to WPIAL last year .
Photos: Mechanicsburg at Northern Boys Soccer