Starting on November 9th, smoke from the fires in Chico caused the air quality in San Francisco to skyrocket, at one point going over 270 AQI (considered very unhealthy), which culminated in the school district canceling school on November 16th. While the poor air quality caused issues for students going outside, it also caused havoc on the schedule for Galileo sports teams, forcing practices to be canceled as well as a disappointment to the end of the season for others.
Galileo’s football team may have suffered the most from the poor air quality. The team was forced to cancel their senior game, which was supposed to be held on November 9th against Balboa. Senior Wide Receiver Leo D. says “it sucks that you work all four years and you can’t end the way you want it to.”
Furthermore, the playoff game, which was supposed to happen November 15th was constantly delayed. The team waited over a week to be able to get on the field and ended up losing a tough playoff game against Mission, 27-0. The coaches and players felt that the inability to effectively prepare for the game hurt them.“We weren’t able to do what we normally do at practice because we were forced to prepare in the gym,” says senior Quarterback Ronald F.
Another team that suffered because of the air quality was cross country. The senior cross country runners weren’t able to get to end their senior year properly as the All-City meet kept on getting delayed until it was eventually canceled. “It was unfortunate because my friends made posters and I put in all that effort for four years and I couldn’t finish the way I wanted to, we even ran inside the school so we could stay prepared for the race” It wasn’t all bad though as two underclassmen qualified for the state championship, freshmen Freya W. and sophomore Maya P. are representing the Lions in the race.
Indoor sports also had issues too as the basketball teams were unable to practice on Thursday or Friday before the break. The boy’s basketball team had an upcoming and some players were upset they couldn’t properly prepare for it. Senior guard Derick L. said, “When practice was canceled I was frustrated because we had been preparing really well and we need as much preparation as possible with our first game approaching.”