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:


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

With the epidemiological situation in the continent of Europe starting to worsen, many European Union and Schengen Area countries are already tightening their entry restrictions in a bid to control the further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yesterday, Estonia announced that four EU countries had been added to its red list – Norway, Bulgaria, San Marino, and Slovenia. This means that all unvaccinated travellers reaching Estonia from one of these countries or other areas that are already part of the red list must follow a mandatory ten-day quarantine requirement, with the possibility to shorten it.

In contrast, the self-isolation rule does not apply to those who have been fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved for use by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), reports.

Denmark has also moved several EU regions to the orange category and has decided to tighten the entry rules for several third countries. Consequently, it has been announced that unvaccinated and unrecovered travellers arriving from Croatia and regions of Austria, Italy, Norway, and Sweden must undergo COVID-19 testing before entry.

Moreover, non-essential travel from the US, Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro, and North Macedonia has been banned as the countries have exceeded the established COVID-19 infection criteria.

Similarly, Czechia has tightened rules for several EU countries. Based on the decision announced by the country’s Ministry of Health, unvaccinated/unrecovered travellers arriving from the Netherlands, Norway, San Marino, Slovenia, and Ireland are now obliged to undergo COVID-19 testing if they used public transport to get there.

Additionally, they are required to complete an Arrival Form, go into self-isolation, and take a second COVID-19 test after the fifth day of quarantine.

Furthermore, in line with the most recent update from the Robert Koch Institute, Germany has published a new list of countries considered as high-risk areas. Through this list, it has been announced that travellers from Albania, Azerbaijan, Guatemala, Japan, the Palestinian territories, Serbia, and Sri Lanka, who are eligible to enter Germany, will not be permitted entry if they do not hold a vaccination certificate or a negative test result.

Following the example of other EU countries, Sweden also reintroduced an entry ban for visitors from the US, Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro, and North Macedonia. Only those reaching Sweden for absolutely necessary reasons will be allowed entry. However, it has been emphasised that the country plans to exempt vaccinated travellers from the entry ban.

Moreover, the Finnish authorities have revealed that since September 6, unvaccinated travellers arriving from Australia, Brunei, and Ukraine are no longer permitted entry to the country since these areas have been registering increased COVID-19 infection rates.

Additionally, in line with the latest recommendation from the Council of the European Union, several EU/Schengen Area countries have decided to apply stricter rules against those arriving from the US. Nonetheless, there are still some countries, such as Ireland, Croatia, and Greece, who refuse to impose restrictions against US travellers.

In contrast to the countries mentioned above, Portugal has decided to ease its restrictions for those arriving from the

U.S. hospitals are facing a nurse staffing shortage as nurses are quitting or retiring because of the continuing pandemic, and many others are leaving for jobs with traveling-nurse agencies that offer to pay them $5,000 a week.

The average pay for traveling nurses is now at about $3,000 to $5,000 per week, a dramatic increase from the $1,000 to $2,000 per week salary before the pandemic, said Sophia Morris, a vice president at San Diego-based health care staffing firm Aya Healthcare.

As more nurses leave for traveling contracts, some hospitals are beginning to see an equal number of vacancies. On the same day that 19 travel nurses went to work at a hospital in northern Texas, 20 other nurses at the same hospital gave notice they would be leaving for a traveling contract, said Carrie Kroll, a vice president at the Texas Hospital Association.

“The nurses who haven’t left, who have stayed with their facilities, they are seeing these other people come in now who are making more money. It provides a tense working environment,” Kroll said.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.

California Nurse COVID-19
Hospitals are beginning to see a nurse staffing shortage as nurses leave for contracts with traveling nurse agencies that pay more. A registered nurse puts on personal protective equipment before tending to a COVID-19 patient inside the ICU at Adventist Health in Sonora, Calif. on Aug. 27, 2021.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has created a nurse staffing crisis that is forcing many U.S. hospitals to pay top dollar to get the help they need to handle the crush of patients this summer.

It’s gotten to the point where doctors are saying, “Maybe I should quit being a doctor and go be a nurse,” said Dr. Phillip Coule, chief medical officer at Georgia’s Augusta University Medical Center, which has on occasion seen 20 to 30 resignations in a week from nurses taking traveling jobs.

“And then we have to pay premium rates to get staff from another state to come to our state,” Coule said.

At health care staffing firm SimpliFi, President James Quick said the hospitals his company works with are seeing unprecedented levels of vacancies.

“Small to medium-sized hospitals generally have dozens of full-time openings, and the large health systems have hundreds of full-time openings,” he said.

The explosion in pay has made it hard on hospitals without deep enough pockets.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly lamented recently that the state’s hospitals risk being outbid for nurses by other states that pay a “fortune.” She said Wednesday that several hospitals, including one in Topeka, had open beds but no nurses to staff them.

In Kansas City, Missouri, Truman Medical Centers has lost about 10 nurses to travel jobs in recent days and is looking for travelers to replace them, said CEO Charlie Shields.

He said it is hard to compete with the travel agencies, which are charging hospitals $165 to $170 an hour per nurse. He said the agencies take

NOTE: A previous version of this story had incorrect information about the multiplier rule. 

The Rochester football team, a seven-time Class 4A state champion since 2010 and the 2019 Class 5A state champ, will face its largest opponent ever on Saturday when it travels to face another state power in Class 7A Wilmette Loyola.

Rochester had its Week 2 schedule open after Decatur MacArthur canceled its game at Rochester on Friday because of COVID-19 protocols. MacArthur, which beat Normal U-High 50-9 in Week 1, also announced Thursday it will cancel its Week 3 game against Southeast.

Rochester (1-0) is scheduled to face 7A No. 2-ranked Loyola at 3 p.m. Saturday, according to the Rochester Twitter account. Rochester is ranked No. 2 in Class 5A with one first-place vote. Loyola received four of nine first-place votes in 7A.  

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Loyola is a member of the Chicago Catholic League/East Suburban Catholic Conference and plays in the blue division with Chicago Brother Rice, Chicago Marist and Chicago Mount Carmel. Last week, the Ramblers took down Milwaukee’s Marquette University, 42-14. 

The Ramblers have been a Class 8A playoff team every season since 2006 and won state championships in 2015 and 2018 with runner-up finishes in 2011, 2013, 2016 and 2017.  

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According to the Illinois High School Association’s school directory, Loyola has an enrollment of 1,985 students while Rochester has an enrollment of 793. With the typical multiplier for non-boundaried schools of 1.65, Loyola’s number becomes 3,275.25 but since the program hasn’t advanced past the quarterfinals for the past two seasons — including the 2020-21 season when no postseason was held — no multiplier is applied. 

Rochester won its first 5A state title with a 42-28 win over Chicago St. Rita in 2019. The Mustangs had a non-multiplied enrollment of 1,161 because they did not meet the criteria for a multiplier. 

As of Friday morning, the Decatur Public Schools COVID-19 dashboard shows two students and two staff members as positive for the coronavirus since Sunday. But according to a MacArthur High School Athletics Facebook post, the two games “(have) been cancelled due to the team being quarantined.”

In the last 14 days, MacArthur has had four students test positive. 

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Southeast football coach Matt Lauber said efforts will be made in earnest to find a Week 3 opponent after Friday, when the Spartans (1-0) travel to play Sacred Heart-Griffin (1-0). 

Messages left for Rochester coach Derek Leonard, Rochester athletic director J.R. Boudouris and MacArthur coach Derek Spates were not returned. 

Contact Ryan Mahan: 857-246-9756, [email protected],

2. MOVING RIGHT ALONG: Cherokee Bluff’s offensive output has been to the liking of its coach Tommy Jones. 

Through two blowout wins, the Bears have shown their big-play capability — accentuated by solid blocking on the offensive line for senior quarterback Sebastian Irons and senior running back Jayquan Smith. 

The good times will likely continue without a lot of resistance for Cherokee Bluff over the next couple weeks, starting Friday against first-year East Forsyth (0-2) in Flowery Branch. 

After that, there’s another non-region matchup for the Bears that should go down easily in the win column against Lakeside-Atlanta (1-1). 

In Week 2, one of the pleasant arrivals for the Bears was young wide receiver Jhace Justice, who snagged a pair of long catches from Irons in a 60-21 win against Chestatee. 

Cherokee Bluff is still three weeks away from the beginning of Region 7-3A play against Gilmer, which is now coached by Paul Standard, the longtime architect of success at St. Pius X and a pair of state finalist squads (2012 and 2014).

3. BREAKING IN THE NEW FIELD: Chestatee (0-1) plays its first game on the new synthetic surface at War Eagles Stadium against Union County on Friday. 

The War Eagles are one of five schools in the Hall County district with a new field this season, along with Johnson, East Hall, West Hall and Cherokee Bluff.

The Panthers (0-1) are coached by Michael Perry, who led the program at East Hall in 2019 and 2020.

4. RIVERSIDE MILITARY TRYING AGAIN: The Eagles deserve an award for patience. 

In Week 3, the Eagles are going to make their third attempt at getting in a regular season game for the first since 2019. In Week 1, heavy storms and lightning halted play for Riverside Military against Notre Dame Academy at Maginnis Field. 

On Aug. 27, the Eagles were unable to suit up against St. Anne-Pacelli, due to coronavirus precautions. 

It’s been almost 700 days since Riverside Military played a regular-season football game. 

The private military school cancelled the 2020 season at the onset of COVID-19 pandemic. 

Riverside Military’s scrimmage against East Hall on Aug. 13 is its only matchup since the 2019 season. 

5. ONLY GAME IN THE CITY: After not being able to play last week, Lakeview Academy has a home game against Rabun Gap tonight in Gainesville. 

In 2021, the Lions (0-1) only have a pair of home games on the schedule. 

Friday’s schedule

Cherokee Bluff vs. East Forsyth

Chestatee vs. Union County

East Hall at Franklin County

North Hall at Hart County

Lakeview Academy vs. Rabun Gap

Riverside Military vs. Druid Hills (at North Dekalb Stadium)

(UPDATED, Thursday, 1:00 PM )- COVID-19 has reared its ugly head again on the FACS football program.

The Crusaders initial week 3 contest against Harding Academy was cancelled because of COVID concerns on Harding’s side.

FACS then found a make up game as they agreed to host Dresden but now FACS has had to cancel the game with Dresden because of cases on the Crusaders side.

Dresden has now found another week 3 game as they will now travel over to play Fayette Academy.

The FACS-Dresden game was Tennessee’s 34th high school football cancellation with Week 3 kickoffs two days away.

The other 33 games that have been cancelled statewide this week are:

Tipton Rosemark-USJ

Stewarts Creek-Oakland


Perry County-Dresden



Trinity Christian-Fayette Academy

Whitwell-Copper Basin

Howard-The King’s Academy

Marion County-Tyner

Bluff City-Booker T. Washington



Trezevant-Raleigh Egypt


Harding Academy-FACS

Lookout Valley-South Pittsburg

Union County-Pigeon Forge

Tennessee High-Pulaski County (VA)

Madison (NC)-Unicoi County

Hillwood-Pearl Cohn

Bledsoe County-Meigs County

Lake County-Peabody


Warren County-Ridgeway

CAK-Boyd Buchanan

Sequatchie County-Cannon County

Lenoir City-Campbell County

Polk County-Tellico Plains

Goodpasture-Lipscomb Academy



Cherokee-Daniel Boone

Besides Dresden-Fayette Academy, two other games have been scheduled is Daniel Boone will travel over to Loudon to take on the Redskins while The King’s Academy will travel to Georgia to play Heritage (GA) high school.

Last week, 30 total games were canceled.

In Region 6, the biggest matchup will be Marist’s home game against Woodward Academy. This battle between War Eagles follows Marist’s big victory over Blessed Trinity in last week’s season opener.

Region 7′s Cedartown (1-0) has a bye this weekend, but Central-Carroll and Pickens will both have an opportunity to improve to 2-0. Central-Carroll will host Towers and Pickens will host White County. Additionally, Heritage-Catoosa will be opening its season at home against Temple.

Region 8 has a great matchup planned with Flowery Branch travelling down the street to take on Class 7A Gainesville. No. 1 ranked Jefferson will host Southside SC, Madison County visits Apalachee, East Hall visits Franklin County and North Oconee is set to take on Cambridge. North Oconee will face Benedictine the following weekend on Sept. 10 in what will likely be one of the bigger matchups of that week.


Bainbridge vs. Valdosta

Cairo at Thomasville

Dougherty at Lithonia (Thursday)

Monroe at Irwin County

Thomas County Central vs. Lake Placid FL

Westover (BYE)


Carver-Columbus (BYE)

Columbus (BYE)

Hardaway at Callaway

Jordan (BYE)

Kendrick (BYE)

LaGrange (BYE)

Shaw (BYE)

Spencer vs. Northside-Columbus

Troup (BYE)


Benedictine at Beaufort SC

Islands vs. Johnson-Savannah

Jenkins at Jeff Davis

New Hampstead vs. Savannah


Baldwin at Ware County

Howard vs. Northside-Warner Robins

Perry at Crisp County (Thursday)

Rutland vs. Luella

Spalding at Ola

West Laurens vs. Dodge County

Westside-Macon (BYE)


Fayette County at McIntosh

Hampton (BYE)

Luella at Rutland

McDonough at Woodland-Stockbridge

Mt. Zion-Jonesboro at Morrow

North Clayton vs. Tri-Cities (Thursday)

Riverdale at Drew


Arabia Mountain at Columbia

Druid Hills vs. Riverside Military

Hapeville Charter vs. Pebblebrook

Marist vs. Woodward Academy

Mays (BYE)

Miller Grove at Therrell

Stephenson vs. ML King


Cedartown (BYE)

Central-Carroll vs. Towers

Heritage-Catoosa vs. Temple

Northwest Whitfield vs. North Murray

Pickens vs. White County

Ridgeland at Ringgold

Southeast Whitfield vs. Gordon Central


Cedar Shoals (BYE)

Chestatee vs. Union County

Est Hall at Franklin County

Flowery Branch at Gainesville

Jefferson vs. Southside SC

Madison County at Apalachee

North Oconee at Cambridge

Holy Angels opens the season with a soccer doubleheader at StarDome with the girls facing St. Paul Highland Park at 5:30 p.m., followed by the boys against St. Paul Academy at 7:30 p.m.

The Stars boys host Minnehaha Academy at StarDome 1 p.m. and the girls play at Totino-Grace, also at 1 p.m. Jefferson boys travel to Park Cottage Grove for the season-opener at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, while the girls visit Hastings for a 7 p.m. start.

Jefferson will host a soccer doubleheader against Prior Lake at Bloomington Stadium Saturday, Aug. 28. The girls begin at 10 a.m. followed by the boys at noon.

Kennedy boys open at home against Rochester Lourdes on the high school turf at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The Eagles girls’ travel to St. Croix Lutheran for a 7 p.m. start on Friday, Aug. 27.

Richfield boys open the season at Hastings at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26 and travel to Blake for a 2 p.m. start on Saturday, Aug. 28.

The Spartan girls travel to St. Paul Como Park for the season opener at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27.

Kennedy travels to Holy Angels to open the season at 7 p.m. at the Richfield campus. 

Richfield High School will host a doubles tournament including Jefferson, Minneapolis Southwest and Southwest Christian on the courts at the high school and Augsburg Park starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28.

Each area football team will take part in a scrimmage on Saturday morning. 

Jefferson and Richfield will host at their respective high schools starting at 9 a.m. North St. Paul will visit Spartan Stadium. Jefferson hosts Hastings, Brooklyn Center and St. Paul Central.

Kennedy will scrimmage at Burnsville’s Pates Stadium. 

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The Colleton Prep varsity volleyball team opened regular season play with wins over Orangeburg Prep (25-17, 25-23, 25-20) and Andrew Jackson Academy (25-22, 25-10, 25-11) for a 2-0 start.

In an on-the-road game against Orangeburg Prep on Monday, August 16, the Lady Hawks went 3-0 in the regular season opener. Emily Wilson recorded 1 kill, 4 aces, 2 digs and 27 assists in the game. Linley Jones had an ace, 11 digs, 3 kills and 2 assists. Caroline Kinard had 6 kills, 1 ace and 3 digs and Jessica Hughes had 4 kills, 1 ace and 1 dig. Taylor Tomedolskey had 5 kills, 1 dig and an ace. Other scoring included Kaylee Warren 2 kills, 1 dig, 3 aces; Caroline Mock 1 kill; Cassie Craven 2 kills; and Lana Catterton 2 digs.

In the home opener against Andrew Jackson Academy played Thursday, August 19, the Lady Hawks earned the win in consecutive sets. Wilson recorded 3 kills, 4 aces, 4 digs and 20 assists in the game. Kinard had 6 kills, 4 aces and 5 digs and Tomedolskey had 8 kills and 4 digs. Other scoring included Hughes 2 kills, 2 aces, 4 digs; Jones 2 aces, 13 digs, 2 assists; Warren 2 kills; Mock 3 kills; Craven 1 kill; Brayden Banis 2 kills, 1 dig; and Catterton 1 dig.

“Our first home match and we show up as a team and get the job done,” said Coach David Roper. “It was an outstanding team effort and team play. All around a great night for our Lady Hawks with everyone involved and contributing to the win.”

Colleton Prep was scheduled to host John Paul II on Tuesday, August 24 in the first Region IV-AA match of the season before hosting Calhoun Academy on August 25. The team will then travel to Patrick Henry Academy on August 26.

James Kreutz is a starting linebacker for the Ramblers and son of former Chicago Bear Olin Kreutz. James started at safety in the spring season and recorded 39 tackles and three pass breakups.

1. Do you have any pregame rituals or superstitions? 

No not really. I guess I just listen to music before games.

2. What is your ideal situation next year?

I don’t have any offers, so I don’t know any school that really wants me. My brother (Josh Kreutz — OL) goes to Illinois, so that would be pretty cool. 

3. What do you have to do to get there?

I think tackles for loss is a big thing. Just make plays. Just show up on film a lot. 

4. What is your favorite thing to do off the field?

I like to lift weights. That’s one of my favorite things. I lifted like every day during the offseason, and right now it’s three or four times a week.

5. Do you have a favorite athlete?

I like Roquan Smith (Chicago Bears ILB). He’s probably my favorite player. … He’s fast, plays aggressive.

6. If you could play another sport, what would it be? 

Probably basketball. If you’re good at basketball, it is pretty cool. I wrestle too.

7. What is your favorite on-the-field moment so far? 

Maybe a pass breakup against Marist last year. No, actually, Hillcrest. A guy caught a pass across the middle and I hit the kid. It was a big hit, yea.

8. If you are in Walgreens with a couple of bucks, what are you buying? 

Candy. Like Trolli (sour) candy 

9. If you travel anywhere, where would go?

Probably Japan — Tokyo. I think it would be pretty cool. Good food. 

10. What is the key to Ramblers success this season?

We’re just going to play all the way through fourth quarter. Play as hard as we can and just make plays. 

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