By Kyle Quick
NEW HAVEN, Mo. - Kyle Ruediger has been named New Haven High School's recipient of the St. Louis Post Dispatch Scholar Athlete Award for 2015.
Ruediger has been a 4 year member of both the baseball and basketball programs. He has earned varsity letters in baseball all four years and in basketball each of the past three years.
Ruediger earned 1st Team Four Rivers Conference recognition in baseball his junior year and in basketball as a sophomore, junior, and senior -- becoming a unanimous choice this past year.
One of Ruediger’s biggest accomplishments during his basketball career was joining an elite group of basketball legends at New Haven High School by joining 1,000 point club his senior year, finishing as the 11th leading scorer in the history of the New Haven boys basketball program.
Ruediger departs New Haven High School with a career 1,190 points, despite losing several games to injury throughout his career, making his accomplishment that more impressive.
Even more impressive while excelling in sports as one of the greatest players to have ever played at New Haven, Ruediger has excelled academically at the same level, ranking near the top of his class and has epitomized what a student-athlete should be.
Now retired and having coached Ruediger for three of his four years, Coach Ray Steinhoff has repeatedly told QuickNewsNow in our countless interviews over the years, “Kyle has always gone about things the right way. In the offseason he continually worked on improving his game and playing on several summer teams. This past season could not have been more evident that hard work pays off.”
Steinhoff also said, “Despite all of the awards Kyle has received throughout his career, I have always felt the St. Louis Post Dispatch Scholar Athlete Award is the highest any student athlete can receive, because it is not just measured by your athletic performance but academics as well, which truly exemplifies how special of an athlete, student, and person Kyle is.”
Ruediger finished the 2014-2015 season 10th among players in the St. Louis Area, averaging 21.8 points pregame, despite missing eight games.
Ruediger’s career points scored of 35, came early in the season in the Montgomery County Tournament against Montgomery County, and proceeding scoring 30 plus points in the next two games. Ruediger was also named the Tournament MVP
He will continue his education at the University of Missouri with the intention of pursuing a mathematics related degree.
Kyle will receive his award on Tuesday May 5 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis prior to the Cardinals game.
I have had the privilege of covering not only great athletes at New Haven High School over the past four years, but also great kids who are going to do amazing things in their future careers.
Aside from seeing Kyle improve year after year on the court from watching him play in grade school and then high school, but I have also gotten to know him at a personal level. Kyle has always been a person who shied away from any type of individual attention and cared about one thing and that was winning as a team.
One moment I will always remember was the night he scored his 1,000th point, in a game New Haven did not win. Just like any other game after shaking hands, he began walking off the court with his team and had to be asked to return to the floor to be recognized for his achievement. In fact his teammates where the ones how had reminded him.
After the game I asked about about passing the 1,000th career points and his response was, “I’d we had won the game.”