Skowhegan’s Jaycie Christopher adds Miss Maine Softball honor to basketball title

Skowhegan Area High School’s Jaycie Christopher achieved a rare spot in Maine high school sports history on Tuesday, becoming the first player to be named both Miss Maine Softball and Miss Maine Basketball.

The recently graduated Christopher was named Miss Maine Basketball in March after leading Skowhegan to the 2022 Class A state championship, then added the Miss Maine Softball title between games of the Maine High School Softball Coaches Association all-star doubleheader at Saint Joseph’s College in Standish.

The Miss Maine Softball award has been presented to the state’s top senior in that sport since 1999, while the Miss Maine Basketball honor was first presented in similar fashion in 1988.

Christopher is proud of the dual achievements, but that personal pride stems in great part from the message it offers others who seek to follow her athletic path.

“It’s really special, being able to show younger kids that being a multi-sport athlete and being successful at both is something that’s manageable and something you can do,” she said. “I think that’s the biggest takeaway for me.”

Christopher has proven the validity of that statement through her efforts both on the basketball court and softball field.

This spring Christopher was named the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Player of the Year for the second consecutive season after batting. 538 with eight doubles, four triples, two home runs and 24 runs batted in for the Skowhegan softball team.

The Skowhegan shortstop also scored 32 runs, stole 18 bases and had a .589 on-base percentage and an .877 slugging percentage while leading the 2021 state champion River Hawks to a 16-3 record and a trip back to the Class A North title game before the second-ranked River Hawks were upended by No. 9 Messalonskee of Oakland.

That followed a senior basketball season when Christopher averaged 23.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 3.5 steals per contest during the regular season and scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds as Skowhegan defeated Greely High School of Cumberland Center 60–46 in the Class A state final to finish their season with a 22-0 record.

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