Sam Evenson

June Comeback Athlete of the Month 2017

Our Comeback Athletes are individuals that have had an injury, gone through the necessary recovery and have 'comeback' to play sports again. They have utilized one of our AMP physicians: Dr. Elliott, Dr. Klepps, Dr. Shenton or Dr. Phipps, and used one of AMP's owning partners for some or all of their procedures or recovery: St. Vincent Healthcare, Ortho Montana and Yellowstone Surgery Center.

Senior, 2017-18 School Year at West Highschool

Sports & Accomplishments:

Winter Sport: Basketball

  • Number of years Varsity: 1 (2 years JV)
  • Position: Post
  • Jersey Number: 44
  • Accomplishments: Academic All-Conference 2017

Spring / Summer Sport: Billings American Legion Baseball

  • Number of years Varsity: Royals (2017), Blue Jays (2015 & 2016)
  • Position: 1st Base & Pitcher
  • Jersey Number: 17
  • Accomplishments: All-Conference 1st Base Blue Jays, 2016


Doctor: Dr. James Elliott

Injury: Meniscus Tear, left

When did the first injury happen?
Winter of 2016

What was going through your mind in that moment?
I was worried because my fingers on my left hand started going numb.

How long were you out?
I starting playing basketball 3 months after surgery and tossing a baseball 5 months after surgery.

What was involved in your recovery?
Surgery, rest, and physical therapy exercises that I did at home.

What was your biggest adjustment returning to sports?
Remembering to ice my arm after pitching.

Looking back, what was the most difficult part while you were out of sports due to the injury?
Not being able to play Fall Baseball.

What advice do you have for other athletes that find themselves in a similar situation due to an injury?
Recovery takes time so don’t try to rush it. It’s not worth the risk of injuring yourself again.

A Personal Look

What activities/clubs/volunteer work have you been involved with during your high school career?
Football my freshman year. Basketball my freshman, sophomore and junior year. Senior Advocate.

Many people don’t know this about me, but I...
have a pet bird named Hank.

Favorite sports figure: Alex Rodriguez

My greatest moment in sports so far is:
Making the Royals this year.

My future goals are:
To attend college and play college baseball.

My parents are: Tami (Nurse) and Mike (works at Sysco)

My sibling is: Max age 16

Photo Credit: Alsa Photography

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