Decision to play the game reversed due to extreme heat

Friday's Taft Union High School-Monache High School game was cancelled late Thursday morning.

School officials made the announcement about two days after deciding to go on with the varsity contest and a short time after the Kern High School District announced that all athletic events for its schools scheduled for Friday were cancelled.

The extreme heat, with highs up to 109 in Taft this week, have 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, but 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.