Air quality causes game cancelations


Marc Lopez

LMC sophomores were set to celebrate Sophomore Day, only to find that it had been cancelled.

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The effects of the Camp fire in Butte County is taking a toll on the world of Bay Area sports.

The air quality level in many parts of the Bay Area reached over 150 due to the smoke making its way down from the fire originating in the town of Paradise, Calif., approximately 161 miles from the Los Medanos College Pittsburg campus.

And while the Oakland Raiders had the luxury to continue playing its Sunday home game where they lost 20-6 to the Los Angeles Chargers, many high school and community college matchups were left in the dust.

Many members of the Los Medanos College football team were upset when they heard the news that their final game was canceled, especially considering the fact that it was sophomore day. For some, their Saturday afternoon game against Foothill College was their last in an Mustangs uniform.

“It’s definitely sad, our sophomores have battled all season,” said Coach Shipe, “It’s unfortunate for the season to come to an end like this.”

The Mustangs ended their season with an overall record of 3-6. In conference play, the Mustangs had a record of 1-3.

Tim Evitt, starting Quarterback, is one of the many sophomores who will never play in a Mustangs uniform again. Evitt had a couple setbacks this season which included his sitting out for a couple of weeks with an ankle injury. However, Evitt is optimistic for the future of the team and said that playing with them was the best part of his season.

High school football playoff games were also among the many canceled sporting events in the Bay Area. Originally scheduled on the Nov. 10 date, Freedom vs. Amador Valley and Liberty vs. Clayton Valley were both rescheduled for Nov. 12.

Weather conditions sadly did not clear in time for the Nov. 12 date. Both playoff games were once again rescheduled and will now be played on Saturday, Nov. 17. The California Interscholastic Federation had to readjust its state football schedule by a week in order to accommodate those who are being affected by the Campfire and its aftermath.

“It’s another way of football teaching these kids a lesson,” said Liberty football head coach Ryan Partridge.

While games have been cancelled, sports are not the most important thing right now. The Campfire has done an incredible amount of damage. There are many ways to help those who have been displaced by donating food, water and clothing to local charities.