As if Chelan County hasn’t been pummeled enough by wildfires, causing enough destruction to last a lifetime, then another one of those unpredictable “natural disasters” hit Saturday night in time to interrupt a non-league football matchup of Class 1A playoff hopefuls.
Cle Elum/Roslyn, ranked No. 3 in The News Tribune’s 1A rankings, held a 21-14 lead over Cascade of Leavenworth in the middle of the second quarter.
That is when Cle Elum/Roslyn athletic director Abe Silvestri noticed the oncoming lightning storms – which were off in the distance at the start of the game.
As they approached, flashing their fury every 30 seconds or so, Silvestri finally got the officiating crew to stop the game so other options could be discussed.
Both schools went to their respective locker rooms to wait out the storms. They never ceased. And after a half-hour, the game was suspended.
“There’s not much you can do,” Silvestri said, “when Mother Nature gets (mad).”
With a game well into the second quarter, if both coaches agree, the result could go as a final score – 21-14 in favor of Cle Elum/Roslyn.
Of course, that is what the Warriors are hoping comes of this. On the other side of this is Cascade of Leavenworth. Its coach – Elia Ala’ilima-Daley – happens to also be the school’s assistant principal, and athletic director.
As of Tuesday morning, no dialogue about resolution had occurred between the two schools. Silvestri said resuming the game at a later date, possibly in mid-week, is also on the table.
“From an athletics’ standpoint, this is a great lesson about life … for our kids to remember there are things they can control, and things they can’t,” Silvestri said. “But as far as a community member, this (run of natural disasters) is getting old.”