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Rainy days taking effect on Alhambra

Alhambra’s Ashley McClearnen battles for the ball in rainy conditions at Knowles Field. Frequent rains have effected scheduling as well as overall play. (TOD FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)
Alhambra’s Ashley McClearnen battles for the ball in rainy conditions at Knowles Field. Frequent rains have effected scheduling as well as overall play. (TOD FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)

By GERARDO RECINOS
Martinez Tribune

El niño has really put a damper on things over the last few weeks at Alhambra High School.

Not only did it have a part to play in the girl’s soccer teams early exit from the North Coast Section playoffs, it also forced the cancellation of two consecutive baseball games, on top of just being plain annoying to stand outside during.

I get that we need the rain, but can it not rain during sporting events?

For a big chunk of the season, both the girls and boys soccer teams had to deal with awful conditions for their seasons, which also begs the question as to why soccer isn’t a spring sport? However that’s a discussion for another time.

Now there is even a chance that this weekend’s forecast could threaten to shutdown the Martinez Relays on Saturday, March 12.

Friday’s 100 percent chance of rain according to Weather.com could leave the entire infield around the track a complete mess for Saturday. And while the weather service only predicts a 20 percent chance of rain on Saturday, the conditions of the warm up areas could effect the way runners warm up.

As of Tribune deadline a decision has yet to be made on the status of the relays.

The 83rd running of the Martinez/Tim Bruder Relays (named posthumously for Alhambra’s former track coach) is set to start at 8 a.m. with the varsity boys’ 6400 meter relay and end with the varsity co-ed throwers 400 meter relay, a meet favorite.

About Gerardo Recinos

Gerardo Recinos is a journalist currently living in Concord, Calif. He is a recent graduate of San Francisco State University, with a degree in Journalism (History minor). Gerardo covers sports throughout Martinez and Pleasant Hill. It's his lifelong mission to get people in the U.S. to stop calling football "soccer," and to call American football "handegg."

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