Thompson plays in All Star game, gets Legion Scholarship

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Colton Thompson and his father Bjorn Thompson are shown at American Family Field. Colton played in the American Legion All Star Game on Aug. 7 following the Brewers’ game. Bjorn coached in the all star game. (Photos submitted)

Colton Thompson receives his American Legion Scholarship plaque from Wisconsin American Legion Baseball Commissioner Roger Mathison.

By Ted Pennekamp


Prairie du Chien American Legion baseball player Colton Thompson has garnered various honors recently as a member of the Grasshoppers. 

On Aug. 2, Prairie du Chien played in the Class A State Championship game in Viroqua. 

Prairie du Chien took second in the state tournament, and Colton was selected to the All Tournament Team along with teammates Brady Russell, Maddox Cejka and Ty Wagner. 

Colton was also one of six Class A American Legion Baseball All Stars who were at the state tournament.

All Star Game

The 50th Annual Wisconsin American Legion All Star game was held at American Family Field on Aug. 7 following the Milwaukee Brewers’ baseball game. The Stripes defeated the Stars 8-5. 

Colton played left field for the Stripes. He was 0-1 and also drew a walk.

Colton’s dad Bjorn Thompson, a coach with the Prairie du Chien Grasshoppers, was also a coach for the Stripes team.

“It was an honor to be selected and a great experience that I’ll never forget. It was even more special that I was able to go through it all with my dad who was selected to be a coach with me,” said Colton. “It was really fun to get to meet other players from all over the state and hopefully we’ll stay in touch over the next few years.”

Legion Scholarship

In addition to playing in the all star game, Colton also earned a scholarship from the American Legion, which is handed out to one Legion baseball player in Wisconsin each year. Colton received a plaque from the Wisconsin American Legion Baseball Association and State American Legion Baseball Commissioner Roger Mathison.

The American Legion Banquet booklet stated, “Every year the American Legion awards scholarships to deserving American Legion baseball players. The 2022 Wisconsin recipient is Colton Thompson of Prairie du Chien. Colton has excelled over the years in the game of baseball. His passion and desire for the game will never go unnoticed. Colton has worked extremely hard not only in season, but off season well. This passion and desire for the game has earned him the honors of team MVP, First Team All-Conference, and honorable mention All-District during the spring season, as well as being selected to the Wisconsin American Legion All Star game. Colton’s passion and desire is not only on the baseball field, but also in the community and in school. Colton is a part of the National Honor Society, has several academic honors, finished at the top of his class and was honored as academic All-State in baseball this spring. Colton has been a part of several community service projects both locally and at the state level along with being a part of several mission trips to aid those who were in need of help across the county. Colton is a polite, responsible and respectful young man. He has an engaging personality and possess solid values as well as good decision-making skills. We are honored to have Colton as the Wisconsin American Legion Baseball Scholarship award winner for 2022.”

“I am honored to be able to accept the Wisconsin Legion Baseball Scholarship. It is an award that I have worked hard for and to now be the recipient is truly amazing,” said Colton. “I will be using the scholarship to help pay for my college education at the University of Florida where I will be studying sports management and either finance or economics.”

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