The Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference honored many of its student-athletes this week as they unveiled their award winners for both Nordic and Alpine skiing. The announcement was especially gratifying for one member of the Camden Hills Regional High School team, who walked away with the conference’s highest honor.

Senior Andrew Baxter was named co-Skier of the Year by the KVAC this week, splitting the honor with Messalonskee’s Ben Roy. Baxter was also named first-team all-conference in both slalom and giant slalom, making him a shoe-in to win the award.

“I think it’s just a testament to Andrew and his hard work,” said Camden Hills ski coach Chris Christie. “He’s been the leader on the team since he got here as a freshman, especially this year. It’s a nice recognition for all the hard work and everything he’s put in over his career.”

Baxter placed fourth in the boys slalom at the KVAC championships last month with a combined time of 1:07.59 and fourth in the giant slalom with a time of 1:04.96. Baxter also finished third in the slalom at last month’s Class B state championships with a combined time of 1:20.44.

Windjammer Macy Jones was also named first-team all-conference in the giant slalom, while Belfast’s Jane Ouillette, an independent skier who skis with Camden Hills, was named second-team all-conference in both the slalom and giant slalom.

Kevin Pierce, Josiah Carle, Jamie Burgess and Jessie Matthews of Camden Hills were all also named to the all-academic team.

Baxter, along with both Jones and Ouillette, also competed in the qualifier for the Eastern High School Championships held at Mt. Abram in Strong March 6-7, but all three fell short in qualifying for the event.

Baxter figured to be one of the favorites to qualify for the event, which will take place this weekend at Attitash Mountain in Bartlett, N.H., but Baxter crashed in his first run of the day, essentially ending his hopes to qualify.

“He was just disappointed because it was his last high school race,’ said Christie. “He certainly would have been one of the top four or five in the state to go to the Eastern High School Championships and represent the state of Maine, and he crashed in his first run. I was disappointed for him, but tried to stress to him that he has had an amazing high school career.”

The Eastern High School Championships take the best 12 boys and girls skiers from across the state to field a team of Maine’s top skiers to compete against others states.

Christie added that “the buzz” on the hill after Baxter’s fall was that being one of the state’s top skiers, that the team would certainly miss not having him on board.

Baxter also won the skimeister award at last year’s Class A state championships. Camden Hills dropped to Class B in skiing this season.

Jones, a freshman for the Windjammers, finished fifth in giant slalom at last month’s Class B state championships with a combined time of 1:30.67 and third in the same event at the KVAC championships with a combined time of 1:10.85.

Ouilette, a sophomore for the Lions, finished eighth in the giant slalom at last month’s Class B state championships ninth in the slalom at the KVAC championships with a combined time of 1:19.95.

Village NetMedia Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at mhaskell@villagesoup.com.