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First Frost Shifts School Sports Schedules Back to Normal

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) –When it comes to worrying about Triple E and the West Nile Virus, Joel Perez has had enough. “Just relax, and go to the games, and have fun,” said Joel Perez.

His friends at Chicopee High School echo the sentiment.

Several area high schools shifted some of their sports schedules, moved due to the threat of the mosquito borne illnesses.

So far this season, there have been 22 cases of West Nile found in Massachusetts. “The games got moved to the daytime in early September when we became critical with the West Nile Virus,” said Jim Blain, Athletic Director for Chicopee Public Schools.

Tonight’s frost is expected to change all of that, since the cold air should kill of much of the mosquito population.

The games are starting at around 3:30pm, which Blain says puts a strain on parents. “Everybody likes to play at night. it’s easier on the parents, they don’t have to rush out of work, skip work, leave work, when you have it at night families can come home, leave settled, and when you have it at night it makes for a better atmosphere the student athletes.”

Some students say they’re looking forward to the sports schedules returning back to normal.

“It’s better timing because some of the games are on Sundays, 1 in the afternoon, and some people don’t like going on Sundays. Some were on Fridays, some people are busy on Fridays” Perez added.

 

“Nighttime it’s like more people are there, more people want to go.” Megan Mathieu said.

 

“You got a crowd of people, out there screaming, it’s just nice. When it’s on an awkward day, no one actually gets out there” Patrick Deliso stated.

 

Blain says that with this frost, every night game starting next Thursday will go back to the regular schedule.

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