TERRE HAUTE —
A couple of sports already have the rivalry out of the way (until postseason play, at least) and one significant one is still in the future.
But otherwise this is the week that Terre Haute North and Terre Haute South earn most of their fall-sports bragging rights, starting with the boys tennis match at 5 p.m. today at South.
West Vigo gets a small part of the week too. The Vikings played tennis at North on Monday, suffering their first loss of the season in the process, and will be involved in the country cross country meet on Wednesday on the Patriots’ school course.
(The West Vigo tennis match with South Vermillion, a battle of unbeaten teams until it was postponed by hot weather last week, has been rescheduled tonight at West Vigo, by the way.)
Boys soccer will also be played Wednesday at South, with varsity play expected to start around 7 p.m., and the girls soccer teams will meet Thursday at North with a similar time schedule.
On paper, tonight’s tennis match may not be as compelling as some of the North-South matches in recent years, a statement that includes two caveats: one, it’s an awfully high bar for any sporting event to have the drama of a typical North-South tennis match, and two, the Patriots are probably hoping the Braves agree with the first part of the statement.
Injury issues helped end South’s unbeaten status on Saturday against Evansville Memorial, but the Braves were ranked fourth in the state last week and favored to go a long way in next month’s postseason — if the Patriots don’t stand in their way.
South’s boys and North’s girls are considered to be the cross country powerhouses in the Wabash Valley, but the North boys and the South girls aren’t exactly pushovers either. Something to watch Wednesday will be the presence or absence of some injured runners, particularly South’s Jackson Bertoli.
And in soccer? There’s hardly a favorite in either gender, although a feverish level of intensity both nights is a given.
The girls golf rivalry between the two schools still has the upcoming sectional, regional and perhaps beyond to look forward to. After a spellbinding regular-season game, the two football teams look like good bets to resume their rivalry in sectional play. And volleyball, including its traditional fund-raising efforts, is still to come.
Boys tennis — North at South, 5 p.m.
Boys and girls cross country — Vigo County meet at North, 5 p.m.
Boys soccer — North at South, JV at 5, varsity at 7 p.m.
Girls soccer — South at North, JV at 5, varsity at 7 p.m.