Defending 5A Division I football champ Phoenix Brophy Prep will face Nevada’s reigning 4A champ, Las Vegas Bishop Gorman High School, in the third annual Sollenberger Classic at 7 p.m. Aug. 23 at University of Phoenix Stadium.
It’s the first time the Sollenberger Classic has pitted champs from different states and the first time it will take place at UPS.
“Since its beginning in 2006, the AIA envisioned this game evolving to match two teams from neighboring states, something Barry (Sollenberger) had always dreamed of,” AIA executive director Harold Slemmer said. “The AIA is very excited to have an NIAA school of Bishop Gorman’s caliber come in and play one of our premier member school football programs.”
The Sollenberger Classic honors the late Barry Sollenberger, a former AIA employee and high school sports historian who devoted much of his life to documenting the achievements of high school athletes in Arizona.
Tickets are $10 for adults and students, $5 for children ages 6 to 14. Proceeds benefit the AIA scholarship fund in honor of Sollenberger and the AIA Academy Foundation’s educational outreach initiatives.
• Payson’s Brandon Kelly, 22, overcame a two-shot deficit to claim medalist honors and the No. 1 seed heading into match play at the 84th Arizona Amateur Championship at Troon Country Club in Scottsdale.
Kelly fired rounds of 69 and 68 to grab the lead. Nathan Norris of Willcox shot 71 to tie for second place with San Diego’s Steven Hakes at 4-under 138. There was a three-way tie for fourth at 3-under 139, shared by Gary Quinn of Anthem and Scottsdale’s David Dragoo and Jin Song, the Tribune’s golfer of the year from Phoenix Pinnacle who will attend Arizona State this fall. University of Arizona standout Tyler Neal shot the event’s low round, carding a 7-under 65 to finish tied for seventh at 1-under 140.
• The Real Salt Lake Arizona soccer team defeated Houstonians FC (Texas) 2-1 to claim the boys U-17 championship at the US Club Soccer National Cup VII in Virginia Beach, Va.
Marco Carrillo’s conversion of a Jann Nash corner kick in the 60th minute was the game-winner. Minh Vu also scored for Arizona.
RSL-Arizona, which qualified for National Cup VII via its Region F tournament win in California last month, began its title quest in Virginia Beach with a pair of 1-0 victories in group play over Shattuck St. Mary’s (Minn.) and Crossfire SC Premier (Wash.) on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, and a 1-1 tie against Howell SC Strykers (N.J.) on Monday.
• The Phoenix RoadRunners agreed to terms with Paradise Valley native Bryan Esner on a contract for the 2008-09 season.
Esner, 25, tallied 24 goals and 54 points in 71 games last season between the Pensacola Ice Pilots and the South Carolina Stingrays. The second-year professional also spent time in the Phoenix Coyotes’ rookie camp in 2007.
Esner began his hockey career in the Valley playing for the Phoenix Junior Roadrunners and spent 10 years with the Tempe-based Desert Youth Hockey Association skating alongside current Coyotes prospect David Spina.
The RoadRunners open their fourth ECHL season Oct. 17.