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FOOTBALL
(seeds in parentheses)

Friday’s result
8-player

Rincon Valley Christian vs. South Fork, 7 p.m.

Saturday’s games

Division 5
(5) Middletown at
(4) Fort Bragg, 7 p.m.

Monday’s games

Division 2
(8) American Canyon at
(1) Rancho Cotate, 7 p.m.

(6) Ukiah at
(3) Campolindo, 7 p.m.

Division 3
(8) Encinal at
(1) Cardinal Newman, 7 p.m.

Division 5
(8) Cloverdale at
(1) Kelseyville, 7 p.m.

(7) St. Helena at
(2) Salesian College Prep, 1 p.m.

8-person
(4) Tomales at
(1) Branson, 1 p.m.

GIRLS GOLF

CIF State Championship
Victoria Club, Riverside,
Nov. 14

GIRLS TENNIS

NCS Championship (Singles/Doubles)
Nov. 12-13
CIF Nor-Cal Championships (Team)
Nov. 16-17

BOYS WATER POLO

Monday’s game
Division 2
Championship
(4) Piedmont vs.
(3) Cardinal Newman at Acalanes High, Lafayette, noon

FALL SOCCER

BOYS

Tuesday’s game

Division 3
Championship
(1) Anderson Valley vs.
(2) Jewish Community, 2 p.m.

GIRLS

Tuesday’s game

Division 3
Championship
(1) Technology vs.
(4) St. Bernard’s, 7 p.m.

BOYS, GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

North Bay League Oak and Redwood divisions
League Championships
Spring Lake, Tuesday, 2 p.m.

NCS Championship
Hayward High School,
Hayward, Nov. 17

CIF State Championship
Woodward Park, Fresno,
Nov. 24

Dangerous air quality throughout the North Coast fromthe deadly Camp fire in Butte County prompted schools across Sonoma County to cancel classes Friday and forced officials to scramble to reschedule sporting events, including long-awaited postseason contests.

A full lineup of North Coast Section football playoff games scheduled for Friday and Saturday have been pushed to Monday. Monday is a school holiday in observance of Veterans Day. Section officials said they hoped the move to next week would reduce “confusion and potential chaos” if the poor air quality persisted into Saturday and the contests had to be rescheduled a second time.

The playoff games moved to Monday include Friday’s scheduled Division 2 quarterfinal contest between No. 8 seed American Canyon and top-seeded Rancho Cotate, as well as No. 6 Ukiah at No. 3 Campolindo.

In Division 3, No. 8 Encinal will face No. 1 Cardinal Newman on the Cardinals’ field at 7 p.m. Monday. In Division 5, No. 8 Cloverdale will travel to No. 1 Kelseyville for a 7 p.m. game and No. 7 St. Helena will head to Richmond to take on Salesian at 1 p.m. In the 8-person division, Tomales’ game with Branson will also move to Monday at 1 p.m.

Kelseyville and Cardinal Newman were given first-round byes in their respective divisions, meaning neither team has suited up for a game since Oct. 26. It also means both teams — should they prevail on Monday — will be faced with short weeks before semifinal games next Friday.

But neither Cardinal Newman coach Paul Cronin nor Kelseyville coach Erick Larsen are complaining in light of the destruction wrought by the fires in the Butte County town of Paradise.

“I’m going to tell the kids that we are going to focus on what we can control and we can control our attitude,” Larsen said. “You start feeling pretty selfish if you feel sorry for yourselves when so many people lost homes.”

The 8-person contest between No. 2 South Fork and No. 3 Rincon Valley Christian was being played as scheduled Friday night, with RVC losing 56-22.

No. 4 Middletown and No. 5 Fort Bragg quarterfinal game in Division 5 will be played Saturday at 7 p.m. as scheduled — so long as air quality remains at safe levels.

“Coaches are creatures of habit,” Middletown coach Bill Foltmer said. “Anything that throws you off your routine, you don’t like.”

So when Foltmer — who guided the Mustangs through their own fire-ravaged season after the deadly Valley fire in 2015 — could see the surrounding hillsides instead of smoky haze Friday morning, he knew things were looking positive.

“If you can see the hillsides, you know you are good,” he said.

In water polo, the No. 3 Cardinal Newman boys are vying for a section championship against No. 4 Terra Linda, but that game has been postponed from Saturday until noon Monday at Acalanes High School in Lafayette.

After a bit of a scramble to secure a race site, the North Bay League Oak and Redwood divisions cross country finals have been rescheduled to next week. The NBL-Redwood meet was originally scheduled to take place at Spring Lake Friday and NBL-Oak teams were slated to compete at Ukiah High School on Saturday, but coaches agreed to push both events to Tuesday at Spring Lake.

FOOTBALL
(seeds in parentheses)

Friday’s result
8-player

Rincon Valley Christian vs. South Fork, 7 p.m.

Saturday’s games

Division 5
(5) Middletown at
(4) Fort Bragg, 7 p.m.

Monday’s games

Division 2
(8) American Canyon at
(1) Rancho Cotate, 7 p.m.

(6) Ukiah at
(3) Campolindo, 7 p.m.

Division 3
(8) Encinal at
(1) Cardinal Newman, 7 p.m.

Division 5
(8) Cloverdale at
(1) Kelseyville, 7 p.m.

(7) St. Helena at
(2) Salesian College Prep, 1 p.m.

8-person
(4) Tomales at
(1) Branson, 1 p.m.

GIRLS GOLF

CIF State Championship
Victoria Club, Riverside,
Nov. 14

GIRLS TENNIS

NCS Championship (Singles/Doubles)
Nov. 12-13
CIF Nor-Cal Championships (Team)
Nov. 16-17

BOYS WATER POLO

Monday’s game
Division 2
Championship
(4) Piedmont vs.
(3) Cardinal Newman at Acalanes High, Lafayette, noon

FALL SOCCER

BOYS

Tuesday’s game

Division 3
Championship
(1) Anderson Valley vs.
(2) Jewish Community, 2 p.m.

GIRLS

Tuesday’s game

Division 3
Championship
(1) Technology vs.
(4) St. Bernard’s, 7 p.m.

BOYS, GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

North Bay League Oak and Redwood divisions
League Championships
Spring Lake, Tuesday, 2 p.m.

NCS Championship
Hayward High School,
Hayward, Nov. 17

CIF State Championship
Woodward Park, Fresno,
Nov. 24

The event will begin with the JV girls race at 2 p.m., followed by JV boys at 2:40 p.m., varsity girls at 3:15 p.m. and varsity boys at 3:45 p.m.

Prior to making the change, officials asked for and received a waiver to extend league competition past Saturday’s deadline. Teams had been required to complete all league competition by Saturday.

The league meets do not determine which runners advance to the North Coast Section finals, which are scheduled to take place in Hayward on Nov. 17. The league meets determine individual and team league pennant winners. The deadline for NCS cross country entries remains Sunday night.

NBL Commissioner Jan Smith Billing credited county parks officials with opening the popular Spring Lake course to hundreds of prep athletes for the final league races of the season.

“The park is being very generous in allowing us to do this on such short notice,” she said. “They are being very, very gracious.”

In order to lessen the impact on the park and shorten the event time, Sthe two leagues will race together but finish in distinct chutes so that Oak and Redwood winners can be named, she said.

In addition to scrambling the competition schedules, the poor air quality has thrown a wrench into teams’ practice schedules and preparation.

Rancho Cotate High School football coach Gehrig Hotaling canceled his team’s practice Thursday. No classes were held at the high school on Friday.

At Cardinal Newman, classes were in session Friday, but with an eye on the air quality index, Cronin opted out of holding practice. He said he planned to meet with his team Friday afternoon and hold a practice Saturday.

In other action, the Sonoma Valley High School Dragons canceled their boys soccer game scheduled for Saturday against San Marin.

At Santa Rosa Junior College, officials moved what would have been a home game for the 5-4 football team to Diablo Valley College at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Bear Cubs men’s soccer was supposed to host Folsom Lake Friday, but have pushed that game to 1 p.m. Monday, according to head coach Marty Kinahan.

Members of the SRJC cross country squads, preparing for the state meet on Nov. 17, held a training Friday indoors at Epicenter in Santa Rosa.

You can reach staff columnist Kerry Benefield at 707-526-8671 or kerry.benefield@pressdemocrat.com, on Twitter @benefield and on Instagram at kerry.benefield. Podcasting on iTunes and SoundCloud, “Overtime with Kerry Benefield.”

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