Windsor, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Windsor senior Nick Baxter likes to follow in his family's footsteps. He watched his sister play soccer and decided it was a sport he wanted to try.
Baxter started playing in a community league in 5th grade and continued to develop. Now, in his fourth year on varsity, soccer has become one of his main loves. Baxter plays sweeper, which is the last line of defense. A position he loves because he can see the whole field in front of him.
"I can see where a play is going to develop and where the guys is going to go next, what sequence its going to happen in," said Baxter.
Baxter is a straight A student, but his intelligence also helps him guide his teammates to where they need to be on the soccer pitch.
"In the playing field, I'm usually the one letting them know when there's an opposing player attacking them, something like that," he said. "I shift my guys around, make sure they're in the right position."
"He's a real positive leader," said Jeff Nolan, the Black Knights coach. "Kind of directs his younger and inexperienced teammates where to be, who to defend, who the opposing teams key players are and when to close them down and when to lay back and wait for them to hopefully make a mistake."
Baxter is also a champion pole vaulter. In the classroom, he carries a 99 grade point average, while taking advanced placement and college classes.
"A lot of engineering classes through RIT, the college," Baxter said. "Advanced placement calculus and AP biology."
Baxter hopes to go to RIT after graduation and major in computer software engineering. His step father is also an engineer. And he hopes to continue his playing career there.
For now though, he'll look to reach new heights at Windsor, while engineering his team toward a championship. That's why Nick Baxter is this week's Academic All-Star.