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Arizona prep football’s Sollenberger Classic cancelled due to scheduling

Prep Football

AIA aims to return Sollenberger Classic in 2019

PHOENIX — The annual Sollenberger Classic on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff has been cancelled due to scheduling issues, the Arizona Interscholastic Association announced Thursday morning.

Usually used to kickoff the prep football season in Arizona at the Walkup Skydome, the Sollenberger Classic was unable to move forward after neighboring states (Nevada, New Mexico) couldn’t get their schedule aligned with Arizona’s.

The AIA eliminated “Week Zero” games for prep football across the state during the offseason, making it officially Week 1 and expanding the schedule by one week, giving each team a bye week during an 11-week season prior to the playoffs.

That means mostly every school will play a Week 1 game Friday, Aug. 17, a week earlier than normal.

“The AIA plans to have discussions with the neighboring state associations following the 2018 championship season to lay the groundwork to bring the classic back in 2019,” a press release said.

Played almost every year since 2006, the Sollenberger Classic honors the late Barry Sollenberger, who spent his entire career chronicling prep sports in Arizona and some parts of New Mexico. The only other season to not have a Sollenberger Classic happened in 2015.

Brian M. Bergner Jr. is sports editor for The Daily Courier. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @SportsWriter52, or on Facebook at @SportsAboveTheFold. Email bbergner@prescottaz.com or call 928-445-3333, ext. 1106.