Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau and Abilene Sports Alliance have announced the line-up for the Action Sports Medicine Champions Classic football weekend at Shotwell Stadium.
The Classic will be held on Zero Week August 29 & 30.
Game one kicks off the Classic Thursday at 7 p.m. as the Anson Tigers take on the Hamlin Pied Pipers. The Anson Tigers, led by head coach Keith Woolf, are kicking off this season ranked seventh in Class 1A-D1 after finishing the 2012 season as area finalists, with an overall record of 10-2 and a district record of 3-1, and are hoping to have an even bigger year this upcoming season with District 4-1A Preseason Offensive MVP, Jalen Garza playing Quarterback.
The Hamlin Pied Pipers are led by head coach Russell Lucas, and are looking to have a strong year with District 7-1A Preseason Offensive MVP, Darrius Lee at running back. The Pied Pipers ended the 2012 season as regional semifinalists with a 9-4 overall record and a 6-1 district record.
Game two pits the Abilene High Eagles against the Hebron Hawks at 7:30 on Friday night. The Eagles, led by head coach Steve Warren, are ranked 22nd in the 2013 Texas Footballs 5A Top 25 after finishing the 2012 season as DII regional semifinalists with an overall record of 12-1 and a district record of 8-0. The Eagles defensive line will be one to watch this year being led by District 2-5A Preseason Defensive MVP Jake McMillon, and returners Gabriel Jordan and Miguel Espinoza.
The Hebron Hawks, led by head coach Brian Brazil are headed into this season after finishing 2012 as DII bi-district finalists with a 6-5 overall record, and a 3-2 district record.
The Action Sports Medicine Champions Classic is headed into its 9th year and is promoted by the Sports Alliance Committee of the Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau, which is an affiliate of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce. The Champions Classic is the only fund raiser for the Sports Alliance.
“The Classic has been extremely successful over these past 9 years in large part due to our great volunteer committee and our local sponsors who continue to support the Abilene Sports Alliance and its mission to generate economic impact through sporting events year after year,” Debi Schultz, Director of Sales for the Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau said.
To date, the Champions Classic has awarded $70,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors from Abilene Christian, Abilene, Cooper, and Wylie High schools. Schultz said “Zero week is an exciting time as football really gets kicked off. We invite all football fans out to the Action Sports Medicine Champions Classic.”