STONINGTON — Stonington High is changing the start time for high school athletic events for the month of September after mosquitoes at the school tested positive last month for the presence of Eastern Equine Encephalitis.
The school's football games with Montville on Sept. 13 and Bacon Academy on Sept. 20 have been tentatively changed to 4 p.m. The games could be moved to another day if officials are unavailable.
The schedule for the Joshua Piver Cup soccer tournament, which starts Sept. 14, has also been adjusted. Both the Piver Field grass field and the Palmer Field turf field will now be used for the tournament (the girls will play on the grass, the boys on turf).
The schedule is as follows: Fitch vs. Westerly girls, 12:30 p.m.; Chariho vs. Stonington girls, 3 p.m.; Chariho vs. Stonington boys, 12:30 p.m.; Fitch vs. Westerly boys, 3 p.m.
The times for the championship and consolation games on Sept. 21 have also been changed. The girls consolation game will be at 12:30 p.m., the boys, 3. Same for the championship games.
Stonington athletic director Bryan Morrone announced the changes in emails Thursday. He said the changes resulted from a meeting with schools superintendent Van Riley and principal Mark Friese.
Morrone said changes will be made for all night games for at least the month of September.
Two field hockey games and a boys soccer game will also have to be rescheduled.
Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or EEE, is a rare but serious disease caused by a virus transmitted by some mosquitoes. There have been many cases of the disease being transmitted to humans through mosquito bites in Connecticut, but only one person has ever died.
Three positive tests from 133 mosquitoes tested near Stonington High, including a human-biting species, were discovered from traps on Aug. 20 and 21.
— Keith Kimberlin