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Alana Bochanis Selected 2019 Michael Savage Spirit of Sport Recipient

Alana Bochanis Selected 2019 Michael Savage Spirit of Sport Recipient

CHESHIRE, Conn. – Westbrook High School senior multi-sport athlete Alana Bochanis has been selected as the 2019 Michael H. Savage Spirit of Sport recipient which is given by the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC).

Bochanis was born with congenital heart disease that required her first surgery when she was three months old; the first of nine surgeries she has endured in her young life. Despite the incredible physical challenges her disease presents she has been a four-year participant for the Westbrook field hockey team, played one season of basketball and indoor track & field, played three seasons on the softball team, and is planning to compete for the Westbrook girls tennis team this spring. She has also maintained an exemplary academic record, serves as Class President, and is a positive presence and leader in the Westbrook community.

As the Michael H. Savage Spirit of Sport Honoree, Bochanis is the official nominee for the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Spirit of Sport Award from Connecticut. An announcement on the section and national NFHS Spirit of Sport honorees will come in March.

The Spirit of Sport award seeks to recognize individuals who exemplify the ideals of the positive spirit of sport that represent the core mission of education-based athletics. CIAC began awarding the Michael H. Savage Spirit of Sport Award in 2010, and two Connecticut recipients have gone on to be recognized with the national NFHS Spirit of Sport Award.

Previous Michael H. Savage Spirit of Sport recipients:
2018: Marissa Walker, Waterford High School
2017: Danny Deitz, Simsbury High School
2016: Grace Wohlberg, Darien High School
2015: Grace Cummings, Daniel Hand High School
2014: Tyler Mauriello, Branford High School
2013: Michela Veillette, Killingly High School
2012: James Burgoyne, Darien High School
2011: Jamie Botteon, Bristol Eastern High School
2010: Rachel Grusse, Glasontbury High School

Linked Up – Fall Championships 2018

It started more than a month ago with the Cross Country Divisional Championships (impacted by weather, of course) and concluded this past Saturday with four football finals. All told, 38 CIAC State Championship trophies were awarded and this edition of Linked Up – Championships edition has a story on all 38. For those unfamiliar (orContinue Reading

2018 Football Championship Headquarters

Eight teams remain in the pursuit of a CIAC football championship with all four championship games taking place on Saturday. Football Championship Headquarters is your one-stop shop for all the relevant information for the four contests including links to the NFHS Network live broadcast and rosters/information sheets for each game. Click here for online ticketsContinue Reading

Football Championship Schedule Changes

CHESHIRE, Conn. – The CIAC is releasing schedule changes for the 2018 CIAC Football Championship games on Saturday, December 8. The Class LL final between New Canaan and Greenwich originally scheduled for 2 p.m. at Shelton High School will be played at Boyle Stadium in Stamford at 10 a.m. The Class M final between BerlinContinue Reading

2018 CIAC Sportsmanship Conference Highlights

2018 CIAC Sportsmanship Conference Highlights

Roughly 750 student leaders, school staff, and more took part in the 2018 CIAC Sportsmanship Conference. Attendees were treated to an inspirational keynote from Kevin Laue, sportsmanship presentations and discussions from Class Act Schools, CAS-CIAC Battle of the Fans information, a presentation from an expert on internet safety, recognition of the 19 Michaels Achievement CupContinue Reading

Connecticut Runners Heading To New England Championships

CHESHIRE, Conn. – (Release provided by CNESSPA)The 84th Annual New England Interscholastic Cross Country Championship is scheduled for Saturday, November 10th at Derryfield Park, Manchester, New Hampshire. The event is sponsored by the Council of New England Secondary School Principals’ Association (CNESSPA). The boys’ race with begin at 11:30 am, followed by the girls’ raceContinue Reading

Cross Country State Open Recap

Cross Country State Open Recap

The CIAC Cross Country State Open took place on Thursday at Wickham Park. The Danbury girls collected the program’s first Open title by the narrowest of margins, claiming a one-point win over Immaculate. The Hatters improved one place after finishing as the Open runners-up last year. On the boys side, Xavier captured a 13th StateContinue Reading

CIAC Cross Country Class Championship Schedule Change

CHESHIRE, Conn. – Due to the forecast of extreme weather the CIAC Cross Country Championship Class meets originally scheduled for Saturday, October 27 at Wickham Park in Manchester, have been moved to Friday, October 26 at the same venue. The race times and schedule for all 12 divisional races will be the same on FridayContinue Reading

Register Now For CIAC Sportsmanship Conference

Registration is now open for one of the biggest events on the CIAC calendar — the CIAC Sportsmanship Conference. The event will take place November 15 at the AquaTurf Club in Plantsville and will feature a keynote speaker along with programming focused on sportsmanship and student leadership. For more information and link to registration, checkContinue Reading

2018-19 Winter Sports Schedules Posted

2018-19 Winter Sports Schedules Posted

Schedules for 2018-19 winter sports have been posted on the CIACsports.com site. To view a schedule for any school or specific team, or a statewide master varsity schedule for a sport, visit the main schedule and results page of the site.