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Hall’s Evan St. Amand Chosen as 2023 Michael H. Savage Spirit of Sport Honoree

Hall’s Evan St. Amand Chosen as 2023 Michael H. Savage Spirit of Sport Honoree

Hall’s Evan St. Amand Chosen as 2023 Michael H. Savage Spirit of Sport Award Honoree

Cheshire, Conn. – Evan St. Amand, a Hall High School (West Hartford) senior and member of the Hall Boys Golf team, has been chosen as the 2023 Michael H. Savage Spirit of Sport Award honoree. He becomes the 14th recipient of the distinguished yearly award, and as Connecticut’s honoree he will go forward as a nominee for the National Federation of State High School Associations’ (NFHS) Section and National Spirit of Sport Awards.

The Michael H. Savage 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. The award may be given in recognition of a specific act or an activity of longer duration.

St. Amand lives with mitochondrial disease. His mitochondria cannot efficiently turn sugar and oxygen into enough energy for his body to function. He is hooked up to an IV 17 hours a day and cannot eat solid food. Hot weather is particularly challenging for him.

Hall Golf Captain Kevin Brown says, “I’ve known since middle school that he has had some challenges, but he hasn’t really let it affect him or let it affect how other people view him.”

St. Amand joined the Hall Boys Golf Team this fall, the first high school sports team he has been a part of. St. Amand shares, “The thing about sports I think that really sets it apart from anything else is the amount of camaraderie and brotherhood that there is.  Sports in my high school is huge. So, I felt like if I can tap into that just a little bit, I felt that I could be a part of that brotherhood and that experience.”

Hall Boys Golf Head Coach Chuck Claffey says, “For someone that understands what his limitations are, he’s so outgoing.  No inhibitions at all, he just has fun. He’s been a joy to have. He’s the type of kid golf is for.”

St. Amand will be formally honored at the CIAC’s Annual Scholar-Athlete Banquet in May.

Watch the CIAC’s video profile of Evan St. Amand here.


It’s Year Nine For CAS-CIAC Battle of the Fans!

CAS-CIAC 2022-23 BATTLE OF THE FANS Do you think your school’s student section is the best in Connecticut, demonstrating the best mix of creativity, school spirit, and sportsmanship? NOW’S YOUR CHANCE TO PROVE IT! Take part in the 2022-2023 CAS-CIAC Battle of the Fans (BOTF) and have your school recognized as the top cheering sectionContinue Reading

Class SS State Championship Recap: Joel Barlow 61 Valley Regional/Old Lyme 6

Shaban shines in Championship: Quarterback runs for 5 TDs and over 200 yards Noah Epstein – Special to CIACSPORTS Pure domination. That’s what Joel Barlow had over Valley Regional/Old Lyme in the Class SS State Championship on Saturday night. The Joel Barlow Falcons, led by quarterback Danny Shaban’s five rushing touchdowns, annihilated the Warriors 61-6.Continue Reading

Class LL Championship Recap: Greenwich 37 Fairfield Prep 17

Ned Griffen – Special to CIACSPORTS East Hartford — Charlie Dixon had three interceptions, the first of which he returned for a 34-yard touchdown, as second-seeded Greenwich scored the game’s first 27 points and cruised to a 37-17 win over fifth-seeded Fairfield Prep to win the CIAC Class LL championship on Saturday night at RentschelerContinue Reading

Class M State Championship Recap: Notre Dame-West Haven 35 Berlin 8

Ned Griffen – Special to CIACSPORTS East Hartford — Notre Dame of West Haven’s defense smothered unbeaten Berlin and allowed just 108 yards to win the CIAC Class M championship at Rentschler Field 35 to 8. It was the fourth CIAC state title for the second-seeded Green Knights (9-3). “We’re not new to the Wing-T,”Continue Reading

Class L Championship Recap: New Canaan 16 Maloney 13

By GERRY deSIMAS, JR, Special to CIACSPORTS NEW BRITAIN, Dec. 10, 2022 – New Canaan senior Ty Groff kicked three field goals, including a 19-yard field goal with 2:34 left in regulation, to lead the Rams to a 16-13 victory over No. 3 seed Maloney in Saturday’s Class L championship game at Arute Field on theContinue Reading

CIAC Class MM Championship Recap: North Haven 51 Killingly 34

Ned Griffen – Special to CIACSPORTS East Hartford — Jeff Karavas, Brian Lastomirsky and Adam Pandolfi all ran for two touchdowns as No. 5 North Haven powered its way past third-seeded Killingly on Saturday, 51-34, to win the CIAC Class MM championship, the first for the program. The Nighthawks (11-2) used their trademark single wingContinue Reading

Class S Championship Recap: Ansonia 28 Bloomfield 21

Gerry deSimas Jr. – Special to CIACSPORTS NEW BRITAIN, Dec. 10, 2022 – Quarterback Chris Kaminski ran for three touchdowns including a pair of fourth quarter TDs in the final 9:08 to help top seed Ansonia beat No. 2 Bloomfield, 28-21 for the Class S state championship on Saturday at Arute Field on the campusContinue Reading

Class M Championship Recap and Boxscore – Killingly 28 Rockville 14

By GERRY deSIMAS, Jr. Special to NEW BRITAIN, December 11, 2021 – The Killingly High football team wanted to make a statement in the second half of Saturday’s CIAC Class M championship game. Killingly led Rockville by seven points at halftime but wanted to seize control.  Killingly ran the ball with dominating fashion toContinue Reading

Class LL Championship Recap and Boxscore – Darien 42 Fairfield Prep 7

By Ned Griffen Special to Trumbull — If there were any questions about who is the number one team in the state, then Darien went out of its way to erase all doubts on Saturday. The third-seeded Blue Wave harassed, bashed and smashed top-seeded Fairfield Prep to win its eight CIAC state championship, 42-7,Continue Reading