Football games cancelled, heat warning issued for 100-degree plus weather

There's not going to be any local sports this weekend, no high school or youth football, just hot weather.

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for Labor Day weekend as more very hot weather is expected.

Highs of up to 110 are possible Saturday and Sunday, the NWS is cautioning.

Weather may cool slightly to around 100 by Monday, according to forecasts.
The extreme late summer heat and poor air quality has forced cancellation of a week of high school sports practices and games and kept school children indoors during the school day.

Taft City School District students stayed inside for several days for before school, recess and lunch.

"The Taft City School District has, in response to the extreme heat and poor air quality, implemented a modified schedule to minimize student exposure to outdoor heat, TCSD Supt. Julie Gravers said in a written statement. "Recesses and lunches are scheduled to be held inside at all school sites. The ASES (after school) Program is not participating in outdoor activity at this time as well. "

Taft High officials cancelled all games and practices for the first part of the week, then allowed teams to practice in the early morning hours starting on Wednesday.

Taft High was scheduled to play varsity football Friday night in Taft.

However, on Thursday Taft High and Monache High officials agreed to cancel Friday's football ga e

The Wildcat varsity was scheduled to play Monache Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The extreme heat, with highs up to 109 in Taft this week prevented many teams from even holding practices and forced football teams to practice at 5:30 a.m.

The lack of practice time was one of the factors in the decision, Taft Union High School Athletic Director Pete Lango said, the safety factor for the players and the fans was the main one.

He said the decision was made after discussions with Principal Mary Alice Finn, the school's training staff and Monache officials.

Even traveling to Taft for the game was a big issue for Monache players, Lango said. They would have to ride to Taft from Porterville in a bus with no air conditioning during the hottest part of the day.

The local decision came after Kern County after Kern High School District officials announced Thursday that all Friday sports events were cancelled due to the heat.

Taft's Golden Empire Youth Football teams, the Wildcatters, won't be playing on Saturday.