No. 1 Eastside Catholic is heading to Vancouver amid air-quality concerns to play No. 9 Skyview

The smokey air is expected to improve for Friday night’s Week 2 game pitting the Class 3A power against the Class 4A stalwarts.

Weather reports have become as critical as scouting reports this week for Eastside Catholic.

The Crusaders, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, are scheduled to play in Vancouver against Class 4A No. 9 Skyview (1-0) on Friday. But the area has been under an extended Air Quality Advisory this week due to the wildfires spreading across Washington and Oregon.

Eastside coach Jeremy Thielbahr, who’s also the school’s athletic director, has been in contact with Skyview officials this week to discuss air conditions and contingency plans. He was assured Wednesday they would play Friday.

Vancouver School District athletic directors are conferencing Thursday morning to be certain.

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The school district either postponed or canceled all outdoor games and activities scheduled for Wednesday “due to continued air quality warnings,” an online announcement said.

“The impression I get is that they believe the smoke will clear by Friday and we can play,” Thielbahr said. “The thing that’s affected us is being outside and practicing in the smoke we have in Sammamish.”

Thielbahr kept five players who suffer from asthma indoors Wednesday and is cautious about playing them Friday.

Eastside Catholic (1-0) defeated Gonzaga Prep 41-40 in triple overtime Saturday in the nightcap to the Emerald City Kickoff Classic.

TV alert

ROOT Sports will televise the Kennedy Catholic game at Juanita (0-1) live on Thursday. Kickoff is set for 7:05 p.m.

The Lancers (1-0) showed they’re ready for prime time in a season-opening win against Seattle Prep last week. Freshman quarterback Sam Huard, son of former University of Washington and NFL quarterback Damon Huard, completed 28 of 47 passes for 359 yards and one touchdown.

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Ogata, who led Mercer Island to the 2016 playoffs, is just the second coach Kentridge has had in 27 years. He replaced Marty Osborn, the program’s all-time winningest coach.

Kentridge (1-0) plays at Federal Way (0-1) on Thursday.


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