High school sports: Camp Fire smoke threatens Monday games

Unhealthy air from the Camp Fire near Chico did not improve in much of the Bay Area on Monday.

In some cases, it’s worse than Friday and Saturday, putting many of the high school playoff games rescheduled for Monday in danger of being postponed again.

North Coast Section administrators, whose bylaws state that games cannot start if the Air Quality Index reading is 151 or higher, faced this reality as of 9 a.m.:

Brentwood/Oakley: 239

Moraga: 174

Oakland: 174

Livermore: 165

Danville: 161

Hayward: 158

The section has football games scheduled in each of those locations, including an Open Division semifinal Monday night in Brentwood between Clayton Valley Charter and Liberty.

The section has wiggle room in its Open Division because the final between the winner of the Liberty-CVC game and De La Salle is not scheduled until the weekend of Nov. 23-24.

It also has flexibility in its Division I bracket because the champion will not advance to a regional game, replaced by the Open runner-up.

If the three Division I quarterfinals that have not been played are postponed until next weekend, the final conceivably could be pushed back until the weekend of Nov. 30-Dec. 1, the same weekend as the regionals.

But the section has a more urgent matter in Divisions II through V.

To have teams in place for the regional weekend, it must complete the playoffs in those divisions Nov. 23-24.

The Central Coast Section, which does not have AQI restrictions in its bylaws, is under a similar scenario, unless the California Interscholastic Federation pushes back its regional and championship weekends by a week.

The air quality in San Jose was better Monday morning than in the East Bay at 114.

But the reading in Mountain View and Atherton, where games are scheduled to be played Monday between Aragon and St. Francis and Milpitas and Menlo-Atherton, was 158.

Sunday, the NCS announced on Twitter that football games scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday — San Marin vs. St. Bernard, Salesian vs. St. Helena and Stellar Prep vs. Berean Christian — are postponed, with new dates and times to be announced.

The CCS recheduled its cross championships again, from Monday to Saturday.

Check back for updates.

Source: mercurynews
High school sports: Camp Fire smoke threatens Monday games