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BUCKNER – In just two years the SON Cup Classic soccer tourney has emerged as one of the state’s best early season girls’ high school tournaments and the three local high school coaches are hoping to make it bigger and better.
“What we’re trying to do is not only make it one of the best in the state, but one of the best in the region,” Oldham County Lady Colonels coach Dan Schulz said. “Next year we are going to bring in four out of state teams. We want it to be the best tournament around bar none.”
This year’s 16-team field includes OCHS, North Oldham and South Oldham along with state powers Highlands, Lexington Catholic, Elizabethtown, Manual, Bowling Green, Woodford County and Ballard to name a few.
To improve the tournament the local schools are looking for a few good corporate sponsors.
The coaches would like to be able to provide the tournament teams with T-shirts and other amenities to keep the best teams in the tourney and to entice other top teams from out of the state to come in and play.
“We know the economy is tight right now, but we would really like the business community to get behind this,” Schulz said. “We think about $10,000 would put us where we need to be. We are willing to take any amount of sponsorship and if someone came up with a big enough sponsorship we would not be adverse to naming the tournament after them.”
This year’s tournament already has some special events planned like an outdoor movie night on the OCHS field for the players. There may also be a movie night on Friday open to the public or the Saturday event could be open to the public.
The tournament runs Aug. 17-23 at all three high schools and at the Oldham County Youth Soccer complex in Buckner. The games on Sunday, will be played at the OCYSA complex.
“The youth soccer association will get to sell all the concessions and it will be a great way for them to showcase what they do,” Schulz said. “We hope it will get the young kids enthused about our programs.”
Anyone interested in sponsoring the tournament in any way can contact any of the three high schools.
“About half the teams coming this year are going to be spending the night and eating here and that’s got to be good for the local economy,” Schulz said. “We want this to become a signature tournament for our programs and for the county.”
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