EEE curtails practice schedule

Stoughton High School athletic director Ryan Donahue said the decision to curtail practice schedules was an easy one after the Massachusetts Department of Public Health raised the threat level for Eastern equine encephalitis in the town to “moderate.” The change was made after mammal-biting mosquitoes infected with EEE were detected in several surrounding communities, including Easton. All Stoughton High practices will end by 5:30 p.m. until further notice, Donahue said. Stoughton doesn’t have artificial turf, and there are no field hockey or soccer games at night. Donahue said he is hopeful that the EEE risk will abate by the time the school plays its first night football game in early October, but if he has to adjust times for football games, he would opt for Friday afternoons.