NCAA Football

Poor air quality cancels North-South Challenge water polo in Northern Califonia

October 12, 2017

This weekend’s North-South Challenge, one of the top boys water polo tournaments annually held in Atherton, has been cancelled because of poor air quality related to the Northern California fires, Sacred Heart Prep coach Brian Kreutzkamp said Thursday afternoon.

The 16-team tournament features eight teams from Southern California, including Mater Dei, Huntington Beach and Santa Margarita, and eight teams from Northern California.

Huntington Beach beat Mater Dei in the finals last season. Mater Dei had claimed the tournament five of the past six years before that.

Kreutzamp said his school’s league cancelled all sports until Monday because of poor air quality. He added the conditions worsened in the past 24 hours because of increased winds.

“It’s very bad,” Kreutzkamp said of the air quality.

The tournament was scheduled for Friday and Saturday. Mater Dei and Harvard-Westlake were already in Northern California on Thursday, Kreutzkamp said.

“It’s such a bummer,” he said. “It was going to be a very good tournament this year.”

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