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.
(seeds in parentheses)
Rincon Valley Christian vs. South Fork, 7 p.m.
(5) Middletown at
(4) Fort Bragg, 7 p.m.
(8) American Canyon at
(1) Rancho Cotate, 7 p.m.
(6) Ukiah at
(3) Campolindo, 7 p.m.
(8) Encinal at
(1) Cardinal Newman, 7 p.m.
(8) Cloverdale at
(1) Kelseyville, 7 p.m.
(7) St. Helena at
(2) Salesian College Prep, 1 p.m.
(4) Tomales at
(1) Branson, 1 p.m.
CIF State Championship
Victoria Club, Riverside,
NCS Championship (Singles/Doubles)
CIF Nor-Cal Championships (Team)
BOYS WATER POLO
(4) Piedmont vs.
(3) Cardinal Newman at Acalanes High, Lafayette, noon
(1) Anderson Valley vs.
(2) Jewish Community, 2 p.m.
(1) Technology vs.
(4) St. Bernard’s, 7 p.m.
BOYS, GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
North Bay League Oak and Redwood divisions
Spring Lake, Tuesday, 2 p.m.
Hayward High School,
Hayward, Nov. 17
CIF State Championship
Woodward Park, Fresno,