The fall sports season is in full swing, and while local teams have had their share of hits and misses, everyone is thrilled to be back in action, enjoying a normal campaign.

Here’s a look back at the week that was:

Football

Freeport’s football team is off to a 2-0 start. After opening with a 33-0 home victory over Madison, the Falcons handled visiting John Bapst Saturday, 46-12. Aidan Heath opened the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run and a 52-yard interception return for a score by Cooper Delois made it 12-0 after one quarter. In the second period, Tony Casale scored on runs of 2 and 24 yards, Noah Michaud recovered a fumble (caused by Danny Casale) in the end zone and Tony Casale hit Heath with a 27-yard TD pass for a 40-0 advantage at the half. Jackson Carr added Freeport’s final points on a 58-yard run in the third period. The Falcons take their first road trip Friday when they travel to Foxcroft Academy (2-0).

Yarmouth got in the win column for the first time Saturday. After starting with a 54-8 loss at Cheverus, the Clippers defeated visiting Traip Academy, 46-14. Spencer LaBrecque put Yarmouth ahead to stay with a 7-yard touchdown run and a two-point conversion. Jaxson Dauphinee added a 40-yard TD run before the Rangers answered to make the score, 14-6, after one period. The Clippers broke it open in the second quarter, as LaBrecque (12 carries, 117 yards, three touchdowns) had touchdown runs of 15 yards and 1 yard and Dauphinee added a TD rush of 10 yards to make it 34-6. Dauphinee (16 rushes, 140 yards, three TDs) added a 6-yard touchdown run in the third period for a 40-6 advantage, then Rufus MacVane added the final points in the fourth quarter on a 4-yard TD run. Yarmouth stays home Friday to welcome Spruce Mountain (1-1).

Falmouth/Greely lost its opener to visiting Gorham, 16-6. The squad was supposed to host Windham Saturday, but that game was canceled. Falmouth/Greely goes to Mt. Blue (0-1) Friday.

Boys’ soccer

Yarmouth’s Adam McLaughlin boots the ball up field as Freeport’s Owen Rusiecki looks on during the Clippers’ 4-0 win last week. Shawn Patrick Ouellette / Portland Press Herald

Yarmouth’s boys’ soccer team, the reigning Class B champion, not only gave its longtime coach Mike Hagerty a landmark win last week (see story), but is off to a perfect start this fall. The Clippers opened with a 2-0 win at Cape Elizabeth, then blanked both visiting Freeport and host York by 4-0 scores. Against the Falcons, Steve Fulton scored in the first half, then Sutter Augur, Fulton again and Matt Robichaud added second half goals.

“At halftime, we talked about switching fields, and if we did, we knew we’d get them because they’d over-shift,” Augur said.

“It’s great to be back and have a postseason to look forward to this year,” Fulton said. “It’s fun working toward something. We approach every game we play to win. Starting the

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The Bailey Basketball Academy announced today the fall schedule for upcoming BBA hoops program. Parents and players will have an opportunity for competitive travel play, individualized instruction, skills development and fundamentals as well as league play. BBA is considered the premiere player development basketball program in Central Jersey and is led by former PDS Girl’s coach and Philadelphia 76’er International Camps Clinician, Kamau Bailey. Coach Bailey, a former NYU graduate and player, was a Colorado High School All State and McDonald’s All American and is a quality coach and teacher of the game. He is sought after as a speaker and hoop instructor.

The BBA Fall program will include two competitive boys travel teams(3rd-5th grade & 6th-8th grade), weekly practices and Shot King Shooting Program and Player Development Skill Sessions for elementary through high school players(boys & girls). BBA programs stress fundamentals and team play with emphasis on ball handling, shooting, passing, footwork,speed, agility,movement with and without the ball, one on one moves, defense and various other basketball-related skills

There will be BBA registration and practice for interested players and parents on Tuesday, September 14th in the Stuart Country Day School gym from 6:00pm-7:15pm(3rd -5th grade) and 7:15pm-8:30pm(6th-8th grade) and Friday, September 17th. Shot King Shooting Session will be held on Wednesdays, starting September 15th. Parents can sign their players up for hoop programs for boys and girls all ages. For more information contact Coach Kamau Bailey at 917-626-5785 or [email protected]

BAILEY BASKETBALL ACADEMY – REGISTER TODAY!!!!
12 WEEK BBA PROGRAM OFFERINGS

TRAVEL TEAMS FOR BOYS GRADES 3-8
-Teams will Practice 2 times per week (Tuesday and Friday)
-Starting September 14th at Stuart Country Day School, Princeton, NJ
– 3rd-5th grade teams will practice 6:00pm – 7:15pm
-6th-8th grade teams will practice 7:15pm – 8:30pm
-September through December Games
(Central Jersey Basketball League via Monroe Sports Center)

“SHOT KING SHOOTING” & PLAYER DEVELOPMENT SESSIONS
HIGH INTENSITY PRE-SEASON BASKETBALL TRAINING FOR BOYS AND GIRLS
-(Grades 3 – High School) HS/College-Level Basketball Workouts
-Wednesdays at Stuart Country Day School (begins September 15)
-Girls: 6:00pm – 7:15pm
-Boys: 7:15pm – 8:30pm

For more information contact Coach Kamau Bailey at 917-626-5785 or [email protected]

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Continuing Conversations on Race

Under the direction of 32nd-year head coach Pat Owen, the Navy men’s golf team will open its 2021 fall campaign this weekend when it travels to Farmingdale, N.Y. to compete in The Doc Gimmler. Hosted by St. John’s, the two-day, 54-hole event is slated to begin on Saturday on the Red Course (par-70, 7,092 yards) at Bethpage State Park. Tee times for Saturday’s first round have not yet been announced.

The Field

Navy is among a 15-team field that includes the host, St. John’s, along with Colgate, Columbia, Connecticut, Hartford, Hofstra, Holy Cross, Iona, Lafayette, Lehigh, Towson, Villanova, Xavier and Yale.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, last year’s Doc Gimmler was pushed from its traditional fall date to the spring. The host Redstorm (276-280-271=827) led wire to wire, claiming the team title with a 13-under par 827, 18 strokes better than second-place Hartford 291-276-278=845). St. John’s players finished 1-2-3 with Jack Simon earning medalist honors with a 6-under par 204. Simon will defend that title in his senior season.

The Midshipmen did not compete in spring edition of The Doc Gimmler due to travel constraints in response to the pandemic.

The Course

Bethpage State Park features five 18-hole regulation golf courses, including the world-renowned Black Course which was the site of the United State Open in 2002 and ’09, The Barclays in 2012 and ’16 and will play host to the Ryder Cup in 2024, the PGA Championship in 2019 and The Barclays in 2021 and 2027. The Red Course at the Bethpage State Park opened in 1933 in Farmingdale, N.Y. and has served as the home of the Long Island Open Championship qualifier’s round since 2012.

Follow The Action

Fans can follow the Mids throughout the weekend via Golfstat.

Navy’s Lineup

1. Chad Deegan (Sr / Newport Beach, Calif.), 2. Nicholas Klock (Sr / Morago, Calif.), 3. Keegan Shreves (Jr / Potomac, Md.), 4. Benjamin Valdez (Fr / Stevenson Ranch, Calif.), 5. Andrew Wilkinson (Fr / Ashland, Va.).

More on the Mids

Navy returns three All-Patriot League standouts to its lineup this fall, including team captain Chad Deegan who owned Navy’s second-lowest average of the 2020-21 campaign. Deegan, who has been in the Mids’ regular lineup since arriving in Annapolis as a freshman, finished last season with a 73.86 stroke average among the four events in which were played using stroke play. Deegan garnered Second-Team All-Patriot League recognition his sophomore season.

Keegan Shreves earned First-Team All-Patriot League honors a season ago after tying for third place, while Nicholas Klock grabbed second-team accolades after a ninth-place finish. Shreves closed out last season with a 77.29 stroke average that featured a pair of top-10 finishes in the four tournaments in which he played, while Klock posted a 74.00 stroke average, placing among the top 10 in both events in which he competed.

Newcomers Benjamin Valdez and Andrew Wilkinson will make their collegiate debut for the Mids this

Many parts of the globe are open again for international travel. One of the few remaining holdouts is Australia and the Oceania region in general. Here are the latest updates about when Americans can fly to Australia.

Australia Entry Requirements

The Australian government currently has a travel ban for all non-essential travel because of the Covid-19 threat. This border closure is one of the strictest in the world.

United States citizens are unable to visit Australia under most circumstances. This is unfortunate news for world travelers who love the Land Down Under (or have a stack of Qantas miles). However, it is possible to get a travel exemption to enter Australia for several reasons:

  • Escort an Australian citizen or permanent resident minor (only one escort per child)
  • You are an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • An immediate family member of an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • New Zealand citizen who usually resides in Australia
  • Eligible business reasons

You can apply for an exemption at least two weeks but less than two months before your planned arrival date. It’s possible to apply within two weeks due to a close family member’s death or critical illness. A negative pre-arrival test within 72 hours of arrival is also necessary if you qualify for an exemption. You will also need to observe the local safety guidelines and quarantine requirements.

These entry requirements resemble what most countries had in the opening weeks of the pandemic. 

Can Dual Citizens Enter Australia?

The U.S. Embassy to Australia states that travelers with dual United States and Australian citizenship are not guaranteed entry. They will need to apply for an exemption just like non-residents and non-Australians but may have higher approval odds.

Just like it’s difficult to fly into Australia, it’s challenging for current Australian residents to depart the country. People with temporary visas may be able to leave the country but cannot return to Australia.

Australian Quarantine Rules

If you can enter Australia, you will need to observe the local quarantine policy and curfew restrictions to avoid legal fines and penalties. International visitors should anticipate self-quarantining for 14 days at a hotel or designated facility. The quarantine location is

The German share price index DAX graph is pictured at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, September 2, 2021. REUTERS/Staff

  • U.S.-exposed retailers worst performers
  • Weak U.S. jobs could delay Fed tapering, boost stocks- analyst
  • Euro zone business activity strong in Aug – PMI
  • STOXX 600 ends the week flat

Sept 3 (Reuters) – European stocks slipped on Friday as U.S. employment data pointed towards slowing growth in the world’s largest economy, with retail and travel stocks exposed to American markets suffering the most.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index (.STOXX) slipped 0.6%, marking its worst fall in two weeks after data showed the U.S. economy created the fewest jobs in seven month in August. Global equities also tumbled after the data. read more

Retail stocks (.SXRP) were among the worst performers for the day, dropping 0.9%. Bookseller WH Smith (SMWH.L), which makes at least a quarter of its earnings from U.S. customers, was the worst performer in the sector, down 3.4%.

Travel stocks (.SXTP) sank 1%.

The laggard U.S. data was attributed to a rise in the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus. But analysts saw a bright side in the reading, specifically that weakness in the job market would give less impetus to the Federal Reserve to rein in liquidity measures.

“Friday’s weaker-than-expected jobs puts less pressure on the Fed to taper its stimulus, which is likely to provide a short-term boost for stocks. The stock market loves stimulus and any indication that the Fed will remain fully accommodative is good news for investors,” said Jay Pestrichelli, CEO of ZEGA Financial.

European technology stocks (.SX8P) were the best performers for the week, up nearly 2% as investors fled to sectors most resilient to disruptions caused by the pandemic.

A private survey also showed activity in China’s services sector contracted sharply in August as restrictions to curb the COVID-19 Delta variant threatened to derail the recovery. read more

But euro zone business activity remained strong last month, IHS Markit’s survey showed, suggesting the bloc’s economy could be back to pre-COVID-19 levels by year-end despite fears about the Delta variant of the coronavirus and widespread supply chain issue. read more

The European Central Bank will meet next week amid calls from several hawkish members to slow down its pandemic-era purchases programme. A Reuters poll sees the bank announcing a cut to its asset purchases, given a recent spike in inflation. read more

Payments company Nexi (NEXII.MI) slipped 0.8% after Italy’s competition watchdog said it had opened an investigation into the company’s planned merger with domestic rival SIA.

Spanish fund distribution firm Allfunds (ALLFG.AS) jumped 11.7%, and was the best performer on the STOXX 600 after its maiden first-half results beat expectations.

German exchange operator Deutsche Boerse (DB1Gn.DE) is expected to announce new entrants to the blue-chip DAX index (.GDAXI) on Friday, part of the index’s biggest ever overhaul.

Reporting by Sruthi Shankar in Bengaluru; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty and Angus MacSwan

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The Bailey Basketball Academy announced today the fall schedule for upcoming BBA hoops program. Parents and players will have an opportunity for competitive travel play, individualized instruction, skills development and fundamentals as well as league play. BBA is considered the premiere player development basketball program in Central Jersey and is led by former PDS Girl’s coach and Philadelphia 76’er International Camps Clinician, Kamau Bailey. Coach Bailey, a former NYU graduate and player, was a Colorado High School All State and McDonald’s All American and is a quality coach and teacher of the game. He is sought after as a speaker and hoop instructor.

The BBA Fall program will include two competitive boys travel teams(3rd-5th grade & 6th-8th grade), weekly practices and Shot King Shooting Program and Player Development Skill Sessions for elementary through high school players(boys & girls). BBA programs stress fundamentals and team play with emphasis on ball handling, shooting, passing, footwork,speed, agility,movement with and without the ball, one on one moves, defense and various other basketball-related skills

There will be BBA Meet & Greet registration and practice for interested players and parents on Friday, September 10th in the Stuart Country Day School gym from 6:00pm-7:15pm(3rd -5th grade) and 7:15pm-8:30pm(6th-8th grade). Parents can sign their players up for hoop programs for boys and girls all ages. For more information contact Coach Kamau Bailey at 917-626-5785 or [email protected]

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TRAVEL TEAMS FOR BOYS GRADES 3-8
Teams will Practice 2 times per week (Tuesday and Friday at Stuart Country Day School, Princeton, NJ )
September through December (Central Jersey Basketball League via Monroe Sports Center)

3rd-5th grade teams will practice 6:00pm – 7:15pm
6th-8th grade teams will practice 7:15pm – 8:30pm

“SHOT KING SHOOTING” & PLAYER DEVELOPMENT SESSIONS

BBA HIGH INTENSITY PRE-SEASON BASKETBALL TRAINING FOR BOYS AND GIRLS(Grades 3 – High School)

HS/College-Level Basketball Workouts
Wednesdays at Stuart Country Day School (begins September 15)
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Boys: 7:15pm – 8:30pm

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That’s the route that Dr. Amber Schmidtke, 40, and her family, who live in Kansas City, took during the pandemic. Over the summer, for example, she and her family packed up their camper and traveled for three weeks through Colorado and Utah. Camping, she said, is “sort of pandemic-proof.”

In March, after she and her husband got vaccinated, they booked a Labor Day trip to Hawaii with their children, 10 and 12, with another family of mixed vaccination status.

“We fully expected that there would be a pediatric vaccine by now,” Dr. Schmidtke said. But a few weeks ago, as she saw cases rise in Hawaii and reflected on how the virus has disproportionately harmed people of color, including Native Hawaiians, she decided to cancel her trip.

Dr. Schmidtke is particularly attuned to the spread of the Delta variant because of her work as a Covid researcher at the University of St. Mary in Kansas.

“I may be a little more paranoid than some parents,” she said, but “especially with unvaccinated kids, it’s just a risk that we weren’t willing to take.” She added that she didn’t want to “be responsible for any sort of outbreak” in Hawaii.

Bookings have already started to pick up for next year. Gemma Jamieson, a spokeswoman for Skyscanner, a flight-booking app, said in an email that bookings for 2022 created in the last week were up 30 percent compared to the same time in July. The top bookings were to Cancún, London, Paris, Rome and Tokyo, indicating a continued demand for travel worldwide.

It’s too early to tell how these bookings will be affected by the European Union’s action this week. But, said Dia Adams, a travel expert at Forbes Advisor, “I do think the top line will scare some European travelers off booking their trips.”

As the Delta variant continues its march across the planet, it’s no longer a given that things will return to ‘travel normal’ and despite increasing vaccinations, there are doubts about whether travel is a good idea during fall, or indeed winter, 2021.

This doesn’t mean that people aren’t currently traveling. Bloomberg reported that U.S. travelers are currently spending a lot of time in Mexico (plane seats are up 30% for the week of 16 Aug, compared to 2019 pre-pandemic levels), Greece (up 29% on the same metrics) and Croatia (where volumes have tripled). These three countries are some of the few which are currently wide open to U.S. tourists–but many aren’t.

What’s more, being vaccinated isn’t the golden ticket it was once thought to be–people can still catch Covid-19 even though the symptoms are reportedly milder. As reported by CNN Travel, “we’re at quite a junction now with the Delta variant, because what’s become apparent in the past few weeks is even vaccinated people, at a low frequency, are starting to get infected,” says Dr. David Freedman, an emeritus infectious-disease specialist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham whose COVID-19 research has focused on travel. “People don’t want to go away and get sick, especially somewhere they can’t get good medical care.”

If you are planning to book a trip, these golden rules might be a life saver:

1) The immunocompromised and unvaccinated shouldn’t head overseas

The CDC recommends that international travel should not be attempted if people are not vaccinated and even vaccinated people should not travel to Level 4 countries. As of 26 August, level 4 countries included France, Iceland, Ireland, the Bahamas, Israel, Greece, Spain and the U.K.

The situation improves if more people get vaccinated but immunocompromised people, even vaccinated ones, should not be thinking about traveling overseas right now, on the advice of health and travel specialists.

The New York Times reported that travel agents are seeing more people push trips back into 2022 and simply waiting for a safer window of opportunity.

2) U.S. travelers could stick to Mexico and the Caribbean as Europe changeable

With Africa and Asia currently off the table for U.S. travelers, Europe is possible but ever changing. Whilst many EU countries are currently open to Americans (and other nationalities), the rules are being constantly reviewed at an EU-wide level and countries can pull the “emergency brake” and close to non-EU travelers again if the situation worsens. Even Greece, one of the most open EU countries, brought back mask mandates and curfews on some islands during August. As reported by CNN Traveler, Americans might be wise to stick to holiday destinations closer to home for fall and winter plans. The EU is reportedly currently preparing to remove the U.S. from its safe list of countries.

3) Any booking needs to be fully refundable and travel insurance policies must be solid

According to FlightAware, 33% of U.S. flights were delayed in July and with

WARRENTON, Ga. — It was a case of missed opportunities for the Piedmont Academy football team in its 2021 season opener Friday, Aug. 20.

The Cougars traveled to Briarwood Academy in Warrenton and dropped a 26-0 contest to a strong Buccaneers team. The game was scoreless late in the first quarter when Piedmont rushed the Briarwood punter who then scrambled looking to pass. 

Piedmont was called for a roughing the passer penalty, which gave Briarwood possession inside Cougar territory. That helped the host Buccaneers take a 6-0 lead.

Despite having some impressive offensive numbers, missed scoring chances hurt Piedmont.

“The final score was not an indicative of how the game went,” said Cougars head coach Clint Satterfield. “We have to finish drives. We finished the first half at their 8-yard line. We came out and stopped them defensively and then drove down and threw an interception at the 5-yard line.”

Briarwood sealed with the win with two long touchdowns runs in the second half.

“Defensively we need to line up correctly,” Satterfield said. “If you take away four or five plays it would have been different game. We were not dominated by any means. We competed with them but they were a tough opponent to start the season with.”

Quite simply, the new coach said his team has to finish scoring opportunities.

“We have to reach pay dirt,” he said. “Sometimes in this type of offense you are going to have red zone difficulties occur. We are not in a panic mode. We just have to keep working and preparing.”

Justin Reynolds was 18-of-42 for 143 yards. Brody Anderson had nine catches for 81 yards while Landon Conner caught six passes for 51 yards. Luke Welch and Joe Clark also had receptions.

Clark was the team’s leading rusher with 12 carries for 45 yards. Michael Joseph added 22 yards on six rushes.

Defensively, Connor and Welch both had six tackles while Dalton Wallace recorded five and Spencer Carter made four tackles. Mason Tanner, Gavin Mask, Cole Wade, Mark Hicks and Clark all had three tackles. Anderson had an interception.

Piedmont was off this week and will travel to John Hancock Academy in Sparta on Sept. 3. While it is something unusual to have an open date after the first week of the season, Satterfield said it is a good thing for his team.

“I am actually glad we have it,” the coach said. “We spent all day watching film with kids on Monday. In a typical week you don’t have that time. With it being an off week, we put in plenty of film study.”

The Cougars are already preparing for the game next week with JHA.

“It looks like we will see the triple option and you never have enough time to work on that,” Satterfield said. “Offensively, we will work on completing drives and executing. We had a couple of costly drops and some receivers go inside on routes instead of outside and it led to a turnover.

These days have been busier than ever for Tony Guay, who is a travel agent with Longwood Travel in Wilmington, Massachusetts. He’s doing his best to keep up with demand and a few other things.

“You gotta watch the news. You gotta watch the weather. You gotta watch each destination, because it changes daily,” Guay said in between phone calls.

Longwood Travel is still trying to reschedule trips from 2020, most of whom are travelers who purchased trip insurance. Because of the current surge in COVID cases, Guay has a hard time letting families book new travel accommodations without some kind of coverage right now.

“A lot of people don’t realize they need it until they need it,” he said.

Michael Giusti, an analyst for InsuranceQuotes.com, has seen a substantial increase in the number of Americans buying trip insurance this year.

“A lot of things we took for granted and thought could never happen all of a sudden, that became a reality,” Giusti said.

Some important things to remember about what travel insurance does not cover are you can’t cancel a trip out of fear and get a refund and the insurance also doesn’t cover government lockdowns.

But one of the biggest reasons to consider travelers insurance right now is the current delta variant surge.

If you are traveling and get COVID-19 abroad and the country you’re in doesn’t have emergency facilities to treat you, most policies will pay for your medical evacuation back home.

“Insurance is there for the risks that keep you up at night, the things you can’t control,” Giusti explained.

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