Rain wreaks havoc on sports scene

GLENDALE — Just when many local high school teams finished completing makeup contests from several previous rain storms, another storm — consisting of rain, lightning and thunder — pelted the area Tuesday.

In all, 11 area sporting contests were postponed. The biggest event postponed was the Pacific League girls’ water polo prelims at Burbank High.

Three girls’ water polo matches, four girls’ soccer contests, one boys’ soccer match and three Glendale Community College events were postponed.

Athletic directors scrambled Tuesday to find available makeup dates with the regular season set to conclude Friday. The CIF Southern Section playoffs begin next week, making it a priority for all high school events to be finished by week’s end. The CIF office will release its playoff pairings for boys’ and girls’ basketball and girls’ water polo Sunday and boys’ and girls’ soccer on Monday.

Crescenta Valley girls’ Athletic Director Peter Kim said the poor weather conditions forced the water polo tournament to be shifted to Wednesday at the same venue.

“We saw and heard [the rain] and we had to make a decision out of the safety of the kids,” Kim said. “We were fortunate to get referees [for today] because it’s hard to get officials at the last minute.”

Burbank water polo Coach Carlos Pelayo, a Crescenta Valley High graduate, agreed that the tournament needed to be delayed.

“We had some pretty big lightning strikes,” Pelayo said. “You just don’t want to take a chance when that happens.

“What we didn’t want to do is start games and have to cancel them halfway through. So, it was just better to postpone them.”

Fifth-seeded Glendale will meet sixth-seeded Arcadia in a consolation match at 3 p.m. today, followed by second-seeded Pasadena against third-seeded Burbank at 4 and top-seeded Crescenta Valley versus fourth-seeded Burroughs at 5. The championship round will be held Thursday at the same location.

Kim said the Pacific League soccer matches between Crescenta Valley and Burbank will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday. The boys’ match will be held at Crescenta Valley and the girls’ match will take place at Burbank.

Crescenta Valley girls’ soccer Coach Reggie Rivas, whose team is in first place in league with Burbank in second, said safety needed to be the top priority when factoring in playing conditions as a result of poor weather.

“You have got to put the kids first because it’s about their safety,” Rivas said. “I have no problem canceling the game.”

A Prep League girls’ soccer match between visiting Flintridge Prep and Westridge was called off and subsequently agreed on to be ruled a forfeit by host Westridge, according to Flintridge Prep Athletic Director Alex Rivera.

The Rebels are within striking distance of possibly winning the league championship.

Two more girls’ Pacific League soccer matches involving Muir at Hoover and Glendale at Arcadia were called off. Hoover Athletic Director Jack Van Patten said the Muir contest will not be made up because both teams have been eliminated from playoff contention. Glendale Athletic Director Pat Lancaster said the Arcadia match will be made up, but no date has been announced.

Glendale college Sports Information Director Alex Leon said a men’s tennis nonconference road match against Cypress College was called off and might be made up March 10. Glendale college’s nonconference women’s tennis match against Rio Hondo College and a baseball game between the Vaqueros and host Santa Barbara City College were called off with no makeups dates announced.

— Jeff Tully contributed to this story

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