CIAC: Lacrosse championships held Friday

Air quality concerns from the Canadian wildfires continues
Published: Jun. 7, 2023 at 11:14 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 8, 2023 at 1:45 PM EDT
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CHESHIRE, CT (WFSB) - State tournaments were postponed for the second day in a row on Thursday due to the unhealthy air quality in Connecticut.

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference said that all high school lacrosse championship games had to be moved to Friday.

The CIAC also said that previously postponed tennis championships will move forward on Thursday because they were moved indoors in Milford.

More information would be released later in the day.

The CIAC on Wednesday postponed lacrosse and tennis championships due to the unhealthy outdoor air.

“The CIAC has postponed [Wednesday] afternoon’s state tournament games due to the air quality forecast and high aerobic intensity nature of lacrosse,” the conference posted to social media. “Tennis semifinals are also postponed for consistency.”

The CIAC said it hoped to reschedule both sports for Thursday. However, only tennis would go on that day.

“Graduations and the unexpected air quality forecast are challenges in rescheduling games at this time,” it said. “However, the CIAC is working to provide the best experience possible for its student-athletes.”

The finals were set for Saturday and Sunday. However, the CIAC said it will not schedule lacrosse on back-to-back days. It said the athletes need time to recover.

The air quality has been impacted by smoke from wildfires in Quebec, Canada.

Take a look at the Early Warning Weather forecast here.