---- — His name is James Baiguy, with the last name pronounced “Biggie.”
Although he’s just 5-6, 145 pounds, somehow that larger than life name seems fitting.
The Windham High soccer player clinched the 2012 Division 2 state championship game in legendary fashion. The reserve came off the bench to take the final PK and found the back of the net. Bedlam ensued.
This year he wasn’t a reserve but a standout. Again he had a huge goal in the finals. He nailed the insurance tally, a 30-yard free kick, as the Jags beat Hollis-Brookline 2-0 to repeat as state champs.
Not a bad birthday gift for Big-Game James.
In this week’s Around the Horn, Baiguy spoke of his penchant for big goals, the excitement of repeating and the culture shock of moving from Costa Rica to Windham.
Do birthdays come any better than yours? “Nope. The best birthday ever. One of a kind. I loved it.”
How did you celebrate? “After the goal, I hugged all my teammates. That night we just hung out.”
What was going through your mind on the free kick? “To score on a free kick is very unusual. I just kick it really hard to try to score and it worked.”
How does that compare to your goal last year to win the state title in the shootout? “I went crazy last year. I was way too pumped. This was completely different. Last year I did it for the seniors.”
Last year you came off the bench to take that final PK. That took confidence. “It was from many years of taking PKs. I only missed one my entire life.”
What’s the key? “You just have to trick the goalie with your eyes and body movement.”
What’s it like to repeat as state champs? “The entire team was thinking repeat. Since early in the season we’d Tweet ‘repeat.’”
Do you play any other sports? “I swim, I went to States (placing sixth in both the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke in Division 2) and I play baseball.”
Do I detect a Canadian accent? “My father is Canadian but grew up in the U.S. My mom is Costa Rican. I lived in Costa Rica until we moved in 2007 to Windham. I spoke Spanish but I knew English.”
Why did you move? “My dad got a job offer.”
Was that a culture shock? “I thought it was a sweet experience even though I miss many of my friends and family.”
What was the toughest adjustment? “Getting used to the snow.”
Are you looking at any schools? “I really like UNH. I might try out for the soccer team.”
Are you from an athletic family? “My older sister, Sabrina Baiguy, was a cheerleader at Windham. I have a younger sister, Kyana, who is a cheerleader and swims at Windham. My dad played football, American football, at Maine Maritime. He’s Donald Baiguy.”
Who’s your dream date? “Ariana Grande, the singer.”
What is your pet peeve? “I hate liars.”
Do you have a nickname? “Biggie!”
What is the most embarrassing song you have in your iPod? “21 by Taylor Swift.”
Group or singer: Bob Marley
Song: Three Little Birds by Bob Marley
Book: A Long Way Gone
Actor-actress: Will Smith
Movie: The Blind Side
TV show: SpongeBob
Athlete: Cristiano Ronaldo
Teacher: Mr. (Michael) Demers for chemistry