Extreme heat, air quality may affect football game Friday as well

Taft High is cancelling sporting events and practices for the second day in a row due to extreme heat.

School officials were working Tuesday morning to develop a plan to allow for some practices, possibly in the predawn hours, taking steps to see what events may have to be cancelled, delayed or rescheduled.

Athletic policies covering TUHS and other districts generally forbid outdoor practices or any game, indoor or outdoor, when the temperature hits 108.

No Taft High teams have practiced this week either indoor our outdoor, Lango said.

Some Bakersfield football teams practiced at 5 a.m. on Tuesday.

TUHS football team's home opener against Monache High for Friday is under discussion.

The predicted high Friday is 108.

Lango said Tuesday morning he was working with school officials in Porterville and looking at options.

Delaying the start of the games is one possibility.

The junior varsity game is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. with the varsity game following at 7:30 p.m.

A tennis match and volleyball game have already been cancelled and another game probably won't be played.

"The volleyball games today are off. The volleyball match on Thursday is probably off," Taft High Athletic Director Pete Lango said.

Also cancelled are a frosh-soph volleyball tournament in Shafter and junior varsity tennis tournament in Wasco, Lango said.