EEE threat forces RI school sports to be rescheduled
After two people were killed in Southern New England, two deer testing positive, and multiple mosquito samples testing positive for EEE, the Rhode Island Interscholastic League has recommended sports teams in the state to do 'smart scheduling,' per the advice of the Department of Health.
With Friday marking the first week of football season in the state, more than half of the scheduled high school football games have been rescheduled to earlier times to minimize any risks.
One of those games was between Barrington and Cranston east at Barrington High School, which was originally scheduled for 7:00 but then push back to 4:45 because of EEE.
The decision is a bit of a bummer for parents like Yadira Tavarez, whose son plays for Cranston East.
"We look forward to our Friday night lights. Usually 7:00 is great timing. Everybody is out of work.
," she said. "It's scary."
However, Cranston West will still be playing their night game at Cranston Stadium at 7:00.
According to Michael Traficante, athletic director with Cranston Public Schools, the decision falls on the home team, and other districts have been in close talks with one another.
"I trust personally that every community is doing their due diligence with the EEE situation. I trust that Barrington is doing what they think is in the best interest of their athletes," Traficante said. " Everybody is taking the EEE situation very seriously."
The decision to keep Cranston West's game against Bishop Hendricken at night came down to the environment surrounding Cranston's field.
"We play on turf, we're not surrounded by any standing water, t's not a heavily wooded area, it's supposed to be cool and somewhat breezy tonight."
What Cranston will do is provide bug spray for everybody at the game.
It's not just rescheduling happening in football games across the area.
Diman Vocational Technical High School elected to forfeit their game against Case High school in Swansea because of EEE.
Brown University Football has also rescheduled its night game against Bryant University next week to 3:00 because of the threat.
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