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Faulkingham to trade Lion roar for Terrier bark

Three-sport standout for Belfast to play field hockey, basketball for Thomas College
By Mark Haskell | May 28, 2020
Photo by: Mark Haskell Kayci Faulkingham takes a swing on the softball field.

Belfast — In her three years on the varsity pitch, Kayci Faulkingham became one of the most prolific field hockey scorers in Belfast Area High School history.

Now, the 17-year old senior — set to graduate from BAHS in the coming weeks — has set her sights on her next challenge. Namely, to continue to fine-tune, sharpen and hone her talents at the collegiate level.

Faulkingham will do just that in the fall when she attends Thomas College in Waterville, where she will be a member of the school’s field hockey and basketball teams.

“I’m honestly very excited but also nervous to start my athletic career at Thomas,” said Faulkingham, who plans to major in criminal justice. “I know I’m joining a very talented and welcoming [field hockey] team that will be very successful in the fall.”

Interestingly enough, the Faulkingham name will be a familiar one for field hockey coach Andrea Thebarge. Faulkingham’s older sister, Kelci, just finished her senior season with the Terriers.

As a senior in field hockey, Faulkingham was a Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference first-team selection, an all-academic member and All-State selection. She finished her varsity career with 56 goals and 24 assists, with those 56 goals putting her third all-time at BAHS behind Kylie Nelson and Lindsay Bruns.

Faulkingham, a three-sport standout in field hockey, basketball and softball, called Thomas College “the perfect fit” and it “was the only school I was super interested in because of the community and the team dynamics.”

“It will definitely be a busy year with balancing two collegiate sports, but it’s nothing I can’t handle with my support system,” said Faulkingham. “What made me want to jump into being a duel-athlete was my passion for both sports. I really enjoy playing field hockey and basketball has always been one of my favorites.”

She is also excited to get the opportunity to be on an athletic team with her sister, Kelci, for the first time.

Kelci played basketball for the Terriers her junior and senior years, but has two years of college eligibility remaining in that sport.

With Kelci returning to Thomas in the fall, the sisters will get the chance to potentially share the hardwood this winter.

“With my sister coming back for her MBA in the fall and us being on the same basketball team for the first time in our lives, I will be able to handle both sports, my academics, and social life,” said Faulkingham.

Belfast coach Jan Holmes-Jackson said “Kayci was one of my captains, she was a great leader, really helped motivate her teammates and helped us have such a successful season.”

This past fall, the Lions finished the regular season with an 11-3 record and advanced to the Class B North regional championship game.

“Kayci came up through our Belfast youth program and has also helped me with our youth program as well,” said Holmes-Jackson. “Kayci has always had the ability to score goals, dodge opponents, help execute our corners and she can maneuver in and out of opponents. She also played defense quite well. Kayci will be missed next season, but I am so excited for her future at Thomas College and I look forward to watching her play there."

Faulkingham is the daughter of Tony and Hidie Faulkingham of Belfast.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: TROY HOWARD MIDDLE SCHOOL | May 28, 2020 16:21

Congratulations Kayci, great job, keep flying.

Ellie Weaver

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