BREWER, Maine — A decision this season by Brewer High School softball coach Harry “Skip” Estes has most of the Witches sporting bright orange plastic-framed sunglasses.
The remainder wear the other approved pair, sport sunglasses with black and orange frames.
“It all fits into his motto, ‘If you look good, you play good,’” said sophomore second baseman Delaney Davis, whose mother, Deirdra, has been assisting Estes since he was the JV coach nine years ago.
“He’s all about being uniform. I knew it was probably going to happen sometime that we’d have matching sunglasses,” said Delaney Davis.
“I like uniformity on the team,” Estes admitted.
Right down to their sunglasses.
“When the girls wore sunglasses [several years ago], they would wear the sporty ones,” said Estes, who is in his eighth year as the varsity coach.
“The last few years, they’ve been wearing all different kinds [of frames], yellow ones, flowers, zebra stripes,” he said. Few of them matched.
“This year,” he added, “I told them they were going to have to wear orange [regular sunglasses] or orange-and-black sport ones.”
That was to coordinate with the school colors of orange and black.
“I thought it was a good thing,” said freshman right fielder Emily Gilmore. “We look like more of a team.”
The team does fundraising in order to buy items such as team T-shirts, said Estes. This year, he bought a bunch of the big-framed orange sunglasses and a matching number of sport sunglasses, after the team had selected what styles they wanted.
“Sarah [Estes, the coach’s daughter and assistant coach] showed us four, and we liked these best,” said Delaney Davis.
The Witches already had a preview of sorts of their new shades.
“[Senior shortstop] Lindsay Houp has always worn this type and she was always being complimented,” said Delaney Davis.
The other glasses made so little impression that Gilmore couldn’t remember exactly what they looked like.
“They were like blades or something,” she said.
Estes gave every player one of each style and let them decide which they would wear.
“On the varsity, three of the girls use the sport ones, everybody else uses the others,” he said.
He didn’t get any grumbling from his 13-0 Witches.
“They love ’em,” he said, laughing.
Freshman Meg Davis, no relation to Delaney and Deirdra Davis, was called up from the JV team last week, and she said the reaction there was the same.
“It’s another way to play as a team,” she said.
And the players don’t mind the reaction the bright orange glasses draw.
“It distinguishes us. I haven’t seen anyone else be extra-matching,” said Meg Davis.
Delaney Davis believes it has given the team a boost of confidence.
“The team has grown wearing them,” she said. “I think it makes a difference.”
Gilmore was more emphatic.
“It gives our team its swag [style],” she said.
Junior point guard Allie Clement has taken some of the pressure off her final season at Catherine McAuley High School in Portland by verbally committing to play for Division I Marist College of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
She will join Marist for the 2014-15 season.
The Bangor Daily News All-Maine first-teamer had been scouted by Maine, New Hampshire, Holy Cross and Rhode Island, said McAuley coach Bill Goodman earlier this spring.
She has played on the Lions’ three straight Class A state schoolgirl championship teams, was Gatorade Player of the Year for Maine for girls basketball and was also a first-team All-SMAA pick.
David Gerrish is replacing Tammy Anderson as girls basketball coach of the Hornets of Leavitt of Turner Center.
Also, Bob Witts was selected last week as the new girls basketball coach at Skowhegan. He takes over after nine-year coach Heath Cowan stepped down.