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FOOTBALL UPDATE: Canyon to play in Thousand Oaks, Hart stays at COC tonight

Posted: September 3, 2009 9:34 p.m.
Updated: September 4, 2009 11:45 a.m.
 
UPDATED Friday, Sept. 4, 11:45 a.m.:
Due to poor air quality from the Station fire, Canyon High School's scrimmage against Palmdale will be played Saturday at Thousand Oaks High School instead of at home tonight.

The freshman scrimmage is scheduled for 5 p.m. and varsity is set for 7 p.m., both on Saturday at Thousand Oaks. The junior varsity team will not play.

Hart High School is still scheduled to play against El Camino Real High School at College of the Canyons tonight in Hart's season opener.

-- Signal Staff Writer Tammy Marashlian

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Original story, Friday, Sept. 4, 5 a.m.:
As smoke and ash from the Station Fire continues to hang over the Santa Clarita Valley, school officials are waiting on today's air quality reports to decide whether to postpone tonight's football games - the first of the season.

"We're cautiously optimistic," said Greg Lee, diversity coordinator for the William S. Hart Union High School District.

A final decision about tonight's two home football games will be made today, he said.

Air quality in the Santa Clarita Valley has been improving over the last couple of days and moved from unhealthful to moderate, Lee said.

"If the air moves back into unhealthy, we would not play," Lee said.

The Hart district had to postpone a number of games two years ago when the Buckweed fires swept through the Santa Clarita Valley.

Until a final decision is made, the district has come up with backup plans for Canyon and Hart high school games should air quality be deemed hazardous, Lee said.

Canyon is playing a scrimmage match against Palmdale High School, while Hart is scheduled to play El Camino Real in its season opener at College of the Canyons tonight.

"For the Hart game, their plan B would be to play on Saturday at Valencia," Lee said.

If poor air quality prevents a local game from being held, then Hart would play at Bishop Alemany in Mission Hills on Saturday, Lee said.

The last resort would be going to El Camino Real in Woodland Hills on Saturday, he said.

Although schools like Saugus and Valencia are playing out of the area in scrimmages, the district still checks air quality where ever games will be played, he said.

On Thursday, the Hart district allowed outside sports practices to be held for the first time since the fires, but activities were modified, Lee said.

Teachers were also able to hold P.E. classes outside on Thursday, but strenuous activities were not allowed, Lee said.

"Ultimately, we expect the adults to use common sense," he said.

-- Signal Staff Writer Tammy Marashlian

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