Spirit of Max Award

The Spirit of Max Award is dedicated in memory of Max Beeners. Max was a courageous student and tennis player at Sioux Falls Roosevelt High School who passed away in June 1999 after a lengthy battle with cancer. In addition to tennis, Max was a leader in school, the community, and in his church. With a sense of humor and a million-dollar smile, Max kept his faith and met his goal of graduating from high school shortly before passing away. In honor of Max, the South Dakota Tennis Hall of Fame presents this award annually to a deserving senior boy and girl tennis player following their respective State High School Tennis Tournaments.

The award is based upon the following criteria:

  1. The nominee must be a senior.
  2. Academic achievement as determined by class rank and a minimum of a 2.5 grade average on a 4.0 scale;
  3. Tennis achievement during their tennis career, including high school and non-high school participation;
  4. Sportsmanship – shows respect for all athletes, coaches, and officials on and off the court;
  5. Non-tennis extracurriculars; and
  6. Character – able to interact in a positive fashion with students and adults, displaying self-discipline, high ethics, and respectful behavior and is a positive role model for young people.

To be eligible for the award, each player must be nominated by his or her high school coach using the form below. Only one (1) player may be nominated from each school. The nomination forms must be emailed to Jason Olson at yankeejko@hotmail.com no later than SEPTEMBER 28, 2022 (Girls) and MAY 10, 2023 (Boys) .

A selection committee made up of coaches shall review the top five nominees and select the award recipient. None of the coaches shall be a family member or coach of a nominee. The award shall be announced during the awards presentation of the State Tournament.

Previous Girls Winners

2000Alisha Dahlsted, Brookings
2001Liz Donohue, SF O’Gorman
2002Katie Chiu, SF Lincoln
2003Kyna Williams, Yankton
2004Jill Suurmeyer, Aberdeen Central
2005Karmyn Hettinger, Mitchell
2006Whitney Paluch, RC Stevens
2007Lorena Reichert, RC Central
2008Gabbie Kachena, Yankton
2009Theresa Petrasko, SF O’Gorman
2010Shealyn Bakke, Watertown
2011Allie Lahren, SF Lincoln
2012Abby Seigenthaler, SF Roosevelt
2013Eileen Leong, Pierre T.F. Riggs
2014Kristen Hanson, Aberdeen Central
2015Madison Fenske, St. Thomas More
2016Kara Brusven, Pierre T.F. Riggs
2017Meredith Benson, SF Lincoln
2018Katie Conrad, RC Stevens
2019Megan Hauger, Watertown (AA)
Kelsey Dahme, Mitchell (A)
2020Vanessa Wittenberg, RC Stevens (AA)
Audrey Rubish, Huron (A)
2021Emma Rangel, Harrisburg (AA)
Ella Hancock, RC Christian (A)

Previous Boys Winners

2001Ryan Elwood, Yankton
2002Andrew Krueger, SF Lincoln
2003Pete Sveen, Aberdeen Central
2004Braden Bradfield, SF O’Gorman
2005Matt Townsend, SF O’Gorman
2006Ryan Barber, RC Central
2007Jerry Bollinger, Pierre T.F. Riggs
2008Luke Lynass, Sturgis Brown
2009JD Carrells, Aberdeen Roncalli
2010Kevin Rance, SF O’Gorman
2011Tyler Osterloo, Mitchell
2012Michael Nicholas, Huron
2013Jonah Snyder, SF Lincoln
2014Jacob Leighton, Madison
2015Billy Trevillyen, Brandon Valley
2016Alex Hegg, Mitchell
2017Mason Blue, Brandon Valley
2018Carter Cavanaugh, Mitchell
2019Matthew Schmitz, Brandon Valley
2020Tournament Canceled (COVID-19)
2021Michael Tang, RC Stevens (AA)
Ed Dah, Huron (A)
2022Gage Gohl, SF Lincoln (AA)
Roger Puterbaugh, Huron (A)

The South Dakota High School Activities Association will serve member schools by providing leadership in the development, supervision, and conduct of interscholastic activities which enrich the educational experiences of high school students. The SDHSAA is committed to the ideals that will provide equitable participation opportunities and positive recognition to students, while working cooperatively with all schools to enhance the achievement of desired educational goals.

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