Varsity football game cancelled due to air pollution


Vivian Jin

The sun shines dimly over the upper school campus’ loading zone in the late afternoon. The air in the Bay Area has been impacted by fires in Sonoma.

by Eric Fang, Winged Post Global Editor

The varsity football team’s game against Stellar Preparatory High School scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m. was cancelled at noon today due to unhealthy air quality forecasts for the rest of the week.

Smoke from numerous wildfires centered in the Sonoma and Napa counties polluted the air throughout the Bay Area early this week. Upper school nurse Debra Nott announced via email to Harker parents that all outdoor sports practices and games through the week would be cancelled. However, on Thursday night, head football coach Mike Tirabassi provisionally rescheduled the game to Saturday morning. Based on air quality forecasts for the weekend, the team will decide whether or not to cancel the moved game.

Sometime around noon today, Tirabassi decided to definitively cancel the game without rescheduling, making the Eagles’ highest possible record 9-0 instead of 10-0.

The team remains undefeated in league, with their record still 7-0 after their win over Tamalpais High School last Friday.

Their next game is next Friday at 7 p.m. against Lindhurst High School at home. This game will also be the team’s senior night.