Sonora sacks Hughson skirmish: Smoke from Rim Fire causes scheduling changes, difficulties

The Union Democrat Sports Department /

All extracurricular activities at Sonora High have been canceled due to the excess smoke from the Rim Fire including the football team's only preseason scrimmage at Hughson on Thursday, according to Sonora athletic director Rick Francis.

"Pretty much it's all over (fall sports)," Francis said. "The football scrimmage at this point is canceled. The transportation is on standby for evacuations. No buses will be part of any contests. Cross country meet is off. Both of the girl's golf matches, scrimmages, they are both canceled."

Friday's Yosemite Cup, a tournament hosted by Sonora head coach Lloyd Longeway and includes Summerville, Bret Harte and Calaveras, is expected to move to the Redskin's home if plans fall through.

"It's looking like it's going to be moved to Calaveras because of the smoke," Longeway said.

That is the only sport that might go on as planned despite the soccer team not practicing all week.

"As far as the contest goes, if it works out, we can move the Yosemite Cup," Francis said. "That's OK, because it's out of our immediate area here."

Football head coach Bryan Craig won't be able to get a first-look at his team before the Wildcats open their season at home against upper-division Turlock on Friday, Sept. 6.

And that may pose a problem.

The Wildcats haven't held outdoor practices since late last week. With all that time off from the gridiron, the team may fall behind mentally and physically.

"We might be a little rusty at first," Craig said, "but our guys will be hungry to hit somebody."

Craig said the only upside from not scrimmaging and holding full practices is that the team will remain fresh and hopefully uninjured.

"We're not going to be bruised and battered," he said.

At Summerville, the Bears football scrimmage against Kennedy High in Sacramento is still set for Saturday, said head coach Ben Watson.

Though Watson isn't sure if all his players will be able to attend the scrimmage.

"I have to call all the kids," Watson said. "We really can't make it mandatory when maybe some of their houses are in the zone, and their parents don't feel comfortable for them going out of town."

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