Poor air quality prompts games to be canceled at local schools

Smoky skies prompted the cancellation of several high school sporting events and practices last week – including Friday night’s homecoming football game at Los Altos.

The Eagles were looking to reschedule the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division game against Saratoga for Nov. 9, “but nothing is set in stone,” Los Altos athletic director Michelle Noeth said Friday.

Other local football teams postponed their games as well. Mountain View High, which was slated to visit Gunn Friday night, was looking to reschedule the SCVAL El Camino Division contest for Nov. 10, according to coach and athletic director Shelley Smith, but that was not finalized at press time.

St. Francis High’s West Catholic Athletic League showdown versus visiting Serra was moved from Friday night to 7 p.m. Nov. 10.

That date was supposed to be the night the Central Coast Section football playoffs kicked off, but that changed after the CCS executive committee held an emergency meeting Thursday. The committee decided to push back the start of the playoffs one week to allow teams to reschedule games that were canceled over the weekend, according to a CCS press release. The playoffs are now slated to begin Nov. 17 and conclude Dec. 2.

Los Altos, Mountain View and St. Francis also canceled games and practices in other outdoor sports, including tennis, golf, water polo, field hockey and cross-country.

Los Altos and Mountain View even canceled indoor volleyball matches Thursday night, while St. Francis played on. The host Lancers swept Sacred Heart Cathedral in WCAL action.

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