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Smoke Puts Bay Area School Sports In Limbo

High School Playoff Games Affected

KCBS Radio Morning News
November 13, 2018 - 7:44 am

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS Radio) -- Bay Area high school sports administrators continue to reschedule postseason football playoff games, concerned about poor air quality caused by the far-away Camp Fire in Butte County.

Both the North Coast Section and Central Coast Section have rescheduled games, some of them twice. The latest move came when games set for Monday night were re-set for the coming weekend.

Administrators, coaches, players and parents were scrambling Tuesday to digest the latest round of cancellations by both the NCS and CCS. 

Kevin Gorham is the Athletic Director for Encinal High School in Alameda. He tells KCBS Radio "The entire sports program has been affected. It's not just football, it's a number of our athletic events have all been re-scheduled because of the bad air."  

The smoky skies have affected sports other than football. NCS water polo playoff  championship games have been moved to Wednesday November 14, although officials caution that unfavorable air quality could lead to further delays.

The athletic director at Encinal High School in Alameda, Kevin Gorham, told KCBS Radio that it's a frustrating situation for all involved. But Gorham said student health is paramount.

"The air quality is so bad and for kids that have asthma, you can see them gasping for air just going between classes," said Gorham.

Most schools in Sonoma County, including Santa Rosa City Schools campuses, remained closed on Tuesday because of poor air quality. Other Bay Area schools remained open but were limiting student activities.

The shuffling of fall sports playoffs isn't the only challenge for coaches and administrators. Winter sports are getting underway. In some cases, basketball practices have been canceled. Soccer teams at some schools have tried to find indoor playing surfaces.

While Bay Area high school games have been canceled, members of the Paradise High School football team — whose town was largely obliterated by the fire — were welcomed onto the field with the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night.