Detection of EEE virus forces Stonington to alter early schedule

Stonington High School has been forced to alter its September home fall sports schedule following the recent detection of Eastern Equine Encephalitis, a rare mosquito-borne virus, around the high school athletic complex.

Athletic director Bryan Morrone said Friday the Bears will start two football games (Sept. 13 vs. Montville and Sept. 20 vs. Bacon Academy) at 4 p.m. instead of 6:30 p.m.

He also said the school has changed the schedule for its Third annual Josh Piver Cup, a four-team boys' and girls' soccer tournament set for consecutive Saturdays (Sept. 14 and 21), while switching home and away field hockey games against Fitch (Sept. 17) and Killingly (Sept. 19), along with a boys' soccer game against East Lyme (Sept. 26).

Morrone said in a release, "restrictions (of EEE) prohibit us from outdoor activities one hour prior to dusk."

Stonington will wait until later this month to determine changes to the October schedule. The school district is hoping for an early hard frost that will kill off the mosquitos, which a carry a potentially fatal illness.

Following is the opening round schedule for the Piver Cup on Saturday, Sept. 14 — Girls (at Josh Piver Field): Fitch vs. Westerly, 12:30 p.m.; Stonington vs. Chariho (R.I.), 3 p.m.; Boys (at Palmer Field): Stonington vs. Chariho, 12:30 p.m.; Fitch vs. Westerly, 3 p.m.

The consolation games on Sept. 21 will be played at Piver Field at 12:30 (girls) and 3 (boys) p.m., with the title games being played a Piver Field at 12:30 (girls) and 3 (boys).

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