AUGUSTA — The Camden Hills field hockey team may have finished lighter than hoped in the win column in 2021, but they proved heavy on integrity, pride and playing the game the right way.

And that is why the Windjammers swung to the Maine Principals’ Association Class A North Sportsmanship Award for 2021.

The banner was awarded to the Windjammers at the state Class A championship game between Skowhegan and Cheverus of Portland on Saturday, Nov. 6 at Cony High School. Cheverus beat Skowhegan 4-1.

“We’re so happy for the girls to get this recognition,” said Windjammer coach Lindsey Clement. “They worked hard to improve competitively while maintaining great sportsmanship. Sports constantly test composure, and we expect all of our actions and reactions to positively reflect our school community. We want our athletes to be disciplined, strong competitors and also caring individuals. Compliments to our upperclassmen for leading the way.”

“Really proud of coach [Lindsey] Clement and our field hockey program,” said Camden Hills athletic director Jeff Hart. “They are making strides every year and will continue to do so. The sportsmanship award is so special because it’s voted on by your opponents, and this one is well-deserved.”

The Windjammers with their banner include, front from left, Katie Kunkle, Riley Whitman, Bella Anderson, Winona Lincoln, Sara Ackley, Anna Jordan, Gail Curtis, Charlotte Hood, Claudine Webber and Tess Hodgkins; and back, coach Lindsey Clement, Charlotte Thackeray, Korsen Landfair, Taylor Clayton, Kelsey Clayton, Natalie Hall, Ilanna Lam, Alexys Wilmot, Delfina De Acevedo Ramos, Isabella Burke, Natalie Lindahl, Addie Kelly and Katie Thorn. Not pictured are coach Linda Cowan, Alex Turner and Juliette Landry. Photo courtesy of Rita Ackley

Windjammer team members include Gail Curtis, Charlotte Hood, Addie Kelly, Claudine Weber, Katie Thorn, Delfina DeAcevedo Ramos, Anna Jordan, Juliette Landry, Alexys Wilmot, Ilanna Lam, Tess Hodgkins, Alex Turner, Sara Ackley, Natalie Lindahl, Winona Lincoln, Taylor Clayton, Kelsey Clayton, Charlotte Thackery, Katie Kunkle, Korsen Landfair, Isabella Burke, Bella Anderson, Riley Whitman and Natalie Hall.

This season, the Windjammers finished 6-7-1 during the regular season and clinched the eighth spot in Class A North. Camden Hills defeated No. 9 Hampden Academy 2-1 in overtime in the prelims before playing what coach Clement called the Windjammers’ “best performance of the year” in a 5-0 quarterfinal playoff loss to No. 1 Skowhegan.

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