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

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

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 among the Maine High School Softball Coaches Association’s All-Double Stars at Saint Joseph’s College in Standish.

The Miss Maine Softball award has been introduced to the sport’s VIPs in the state since 1999, while the Miss Maine Basketball was first introduced in a similar fashion in 1988.

Christopher takes pride in dual accomplishments, but this personal pride stems in large part from the message she gives to others seeking to follow her athletic path.

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

Christopher validated this statement through her efforts on both the basketball court and the softball court.

This spring, Christopher was named Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Player of the Year for the second consecutive season after hitting 0.538 with eight doubles, four triples, two home runs and 24 strokes on the Skowhegan softball team.

Skowhegan Shortstop also scored 32 points, stole 18 bases and had 0.589 on base and 0.877 slow ratio while leading 2021 state champion River Hawks to a record 16-3 and a trip back to the Class A North title match before second seed River Hawks were overturned by Mysalunsky No. 9 from Auckland.

It came after a major basketball season when Christopher averaged 23.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 3.5 steals per competition during the regular season, scoring 24 points and collecting nine rebounds as Skowhegan beat Greely High School of Cumberland Center 60- 46 in the Class A state final to finish the season with a 22-0 score.

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