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2008 South Dakota American
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Player of the Year

This award was first given out in 1951 by the American Legion to the best player in the three-game championship series. Since 1971, the Legion has bestowed this honor on the best player in each State Tournament, as voted on by the State Athletic Commission.

Below are the award winners, as well as their home town.
 

YEAR CLASS A PLAYER OF THE YEAR CLASS B PLAYER OF THE YEAR
2007 Trey Krier - Sioux Falls West Tom Murtha - Parkston
2006 Josh Nolan - IF - Rapid City Post 22 Jared Donahue - P/OF - Winner/Colome
2005 Chris Kessinger - IF/P - Sioux Falls East Jeremy Wermers - IF/P - Parkston
2004 Chris Kessinger - OF/P - Sioux Falls East Brock Kreutzfeldt - P/3B - Madison
2003 Corey Benson - P/IF - Sioux Falls West Travis Lester - IF - Milbank
2002 Andrew Shepherd - IF - Rapid City Post 22 Pat Krause - IF - Milbank
2001 Greg Geary - 1B - Rapid City Post 22 Trey Flicks - OF - Groton
2000 Brad Hunt - P/IF - Rapid City Post 22 Jay Merrigan - CF - Vermillion
1999 Josh DeJong - P/2B - Mitchell James Gordon - UTILITY - Scotland
1998 Rusty Remmers - OF - Watertown Jay Merrigan - CF - Vermillion
1997 Kris Garry - CF - Sioux Falls Landon Jacobsen - P/SS - Brandon
1996 Luke Wheeler - 3B - Rapid City Dallas Schneiderman - P/SS - Brandon
1995 Mark Ellis - SS - Rapid City Scott Johnson - P/1B - Flandreau
1994 Mark Ellis - SS - Rapid City Ryan Gordon - P/C - Salem
1993 Ryan Merritt - LF - Rapid City Jeremy Hinker - P/1B/OF - Howard
1992 Dan Conrad - C - Sioux Falls Lee Fischer - P/OF - Wessington Springs
1991 Kyla Yamada - SS - Rapid City Nick Johannsen - P/OF - Miller
1990 Ryan Krogman - P/SS - Brookings Peter Wilson - P/IF - Canton
1989 Mike Lorang - P/CF - Sioux Falls Doug Sehr - P - Canton
1988 John Legel - SS - Sioux Falls Donny Godel - SS - Winner
1987 Shawn Muffat - OF - Rapid City Gary Kortan - P/SS - Tabor
1986 Marty Andrews - C/P - Rapid City Rob Stack - P/SS - Tabor
1985 Steve Ramharter - CF/P - Sioux Falls Steve Fejar - C/P - Tabor
1984 Todd Miller - 2B - Aberdeen Eric Larson - OF - Groton
1983 Mike Erbele - C - Rapid City Dennis Putzier - C - Colton
1982 Burt Beattie - P/SS - Aberdeen Gene Lorenz - P/SS - Clark
1981 Kent Torve - P/3B - Rapid City Bruce Mogen - P/1B - Mobridge
1980 Roger Lewis - P - Rapid City Kevin Hofer - C - Scotland
1979 Steve Wolff - SS - Rapid City Brett Neuman - C - Groton
1978 Bud Bartholow - OF/C/P - Rapid City Rich Zimney - P/OF - Groton
1977 Jim Hendrickson - OF - Rapid City Brooks Gehring - P/1B - Parkston
1976 Rich Downs - C - Rapid City Ron Westby - P/SS - Groton
1975 LeRoy Weimer - C - Rapid City Ron Hoffman - P/1B - Colton
1974 Craig Soderquist - 1B - Rapid City Krik Carr - SS/P - Orient/Faulkton
1973 Joe Ewing - OF/P - Rapid City Joe Walter - OF/P - Howard
1972 Bill Ewing - 2B/P - Rapid City Tom Maxwell - P/IF - Parkston
1971 Dave Collins - 1B - Rapid City Ron Weidler - P/OF - Howard
1970 Terry Danielson - C - Rapid City Larry Keeton - P/OF - Wessington Springs

 One class system:

YEAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
1969 Cliff Anderson - P/C/1B - Dell Rapids
1968 Greg Stanczyk - OF - Rapid City
1967 David Lee Bauer - P/SS - Eureka
1966 Raymond L. Johnson - P/SS - Canton
1965 James Moreland - 3B - Sioux Falls
1964 James Geaghan - SS - Gregory
1963 Erin Peterson - 2B - Rapid City
1962 Robert Dorn - C - Chamberlain
1961 Gene Thedorff - P - Huron
1960 Wally Johnson - SS/P - Aberdeen
1959 Jerry Crider - P - Sioux Falls
1958 John Beisner - C - Rapid City
1957 Lew Mavity - SS - Sioux Falls
1956 Roger Hackett - P - Aberdeen
1955 Kermit Kidner - P/1B - Rapid City
1954 Mike Braun - P - Flandreau
1953 Marvin "Mike" Poppens - P - Lennox
1952 Ronald Peterson - C - Sioux Falls
Lyle Dahme - P - Aberdeen
1951 Joe Belak - P - Gregory