Group of Maine high school athletes opt to wear masks on field

When Maine high school athletes take the field they are not required to wear face coverings, but a group of soccer players at Waynflete are taking extra precautions.The aggravation and discomfort of wearing a mask while playing is a fair trade off for increased safety, according to senior Patrick Shaw.“It’s pretty scary to me, hundreds of thousands of people dying, so I just am wearing it to protect others,” Shaw said. Sophomore Roan Hopkins decided to wear a mask for family reasons. “I feel a little safer having it on. I spend a lot of time with grandparents. They are quite healthy. They are a little bit older. If I want to see them as much as I do, I’m making the sacrifice to wear my mask in games,” Hopkins said.While only a few players are wearing masks in games, the team is choosing to wear them in practice. “The kids initially were a little reluctant, but they’ve gotten used to it. That’s what we do,” coach Brandon Salway said.”We are just a team that looks out for each other, all the time, and us putting on masks, just looking out for each other’s safety, that says a lot about this team and the camaraderie we have within our team,” Junior Henry Hart said.

When Maine high school athletes take the field they are not required to wear face coverings, but a group of soccer players at Waynflete are taking extra precautions.

The aggravation and discomfort of wearing a mask while playing is a fair trade off for increased safety, according to senior Patrick Shaw.

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“It’s pretty scary to me, hundreds of thousands of people dying, so I just am wearing it to protect others,” Shaw said.

Sophomore Roan Hopkins decided to wear a mask for family reasons.

“I feel a little safer having it on. I spend a lot of time with grandparents. They are quite healthy. They are a little bit older. If I want to see them as much as I do, I’m making the sacrifice to wear my mask in games,” Hopkins said.

While only a few players are wearing masks in games, the team is choosing to wear them in practice.

“The kids initially were a little reluctant, but they’ve gotten used to it. That’s what we do,” coach Brandon Salway said.

“We are just a team that looks out for each other, all the time, and us putting on masks, just looking out for each other’s safety, that says a lot about this team and the camaraderie we have within our team,” Junior Henry Hart said.