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Truckee football | Wolverines reportedly to receive invitation to Sollenberger Classic

Sylas Wright
Sierra Sun

The Truckee High football team is likely to receive an invitation to face a top small-school team from Arizona as part of the annual Sollenberger Classic, the Las Vegas Sun reports.

In the past, the Sollenberger Classic was an annual game played in late August that featured the defending large-school state champions from Nevada and Arizona.

This year, however, the Sollenberger Classic is changing its format to include a second game between the top small schools from Nevada and Arizona, according to the Las Vegas Sun, citing officials from both statesand#8217; activities offices.

Officials from the Arizona Interscholastic Association also have reportedly changed the large-school game to instead include a team from Colorado and#8212; most likely Mullen High and#8212; to face Arizona large-school champ Chaparral. Two-time defending 4A champ Bishop Gorman would have been Nevadaand#8217;s large-school representative.

When contacted by phone, Truckee head coach Bob Shaffer said he had not received any sort of invitation as of Tuesday evening. In fact, he was unfamiliar with the Sollenberger Classic.

and#8220;All be darned,and#8221; Shaffer said when told of the alleged invitation to play in the game.

and#8220;Iand#8217;m not even sure if weand#8217;d be ready to play at that point, especially considering we donand#8217;t have anybody coming back on offense, and we only have two guys coming back on defense,and#8221; Shaffer continued. and#8220;Weand#8217;ll need a lot of work before weand#8217;re ready. If it were last yearand#8217;s team, with all the experience we had coming back, I might jump at that. But I donand#8217;t know what I would do with this one.and#8221;

The Wolverines completed back-to-back 3A state championship seasons this past fall, as they defeated Moapa Valley for the second straight year in the title game to cap a perfect 24-0 two-year run. But they are set to lose many of the players who contributed the past two years, including state MVP quarterback Ben Bolton, to graduation.

Shaffer said he would prefer to play in such a game at the end of the season when his team was better prepared.

and#8220;It would be interesting. Iand#8217;d take a look at it, for sure,and#8221; he said. and#8220;But Iand#8217;m not sure how I would react to that, to be honest.and#8221;

Both the large-school and small-school games will likely be played at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, according to the Las Vegas Sun.

and#8220;The irony in all this is that there is a California team representing Nevada in Arizona,and#8221; Eddie Bonine, Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association executive director, told the Las Vegas Sun.


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