Ruediger catches a pass in mid-air from Seth Schenck against Linn.
New Haven, Mo. – Kyle Ruediger was one of two sophomores selected first team all conference despite playing well less than 100% throughout the majority of the season and missing three games after the South Callaway Tournament where he was voted tournament MVP.
Seth Schenck was voted second team all conference, one of the New Haven’s top defenders and in charge of running the New Haven offense.
Ruediger put up 21 points, four assist, and eight rebounds in the season opener against Belle, which was also his first varsity start. Ruediger hit a career high 26 points the following game in the Montgomery County Tournament.
Ruediger scored 20 or more points in three of their first four games before suffer an injury to his right hip two minutes into New Haven’s sixth game.
Seth Schenck hits three-pointer vs Linn to give New Haven a 25-16 lead in the second quarter.
After finally recovering and back at 100% over Christmas break Ruediger suffered a high ankle sprain in the second round of the South Callaway Tournament against North Callaway. Prior to the game ending injury, Rueidger had scored 21 points, running circles around North Callaway defenders. Rueidger missed the next three games and never did fully recover to 100%.
Rueidger led New Haven in scoring and rebounding with 15 points and 6 rebounds a game, scoring a total of 324 points on the year.
Schenck was the teams second leading points getter with just under 10 a game and led New Haven in assists and steals. Schenck set his career high for points in a game early in the season against Grandview in a 56-25 win.
Senior Austin Madden arguably could have been selected as the conference’s “sixth man” averaging seven points a game, more importantly gave New Haven a boost nearly every time he came in off the bench. Aside from that Madden took 15 charges on the year, picking up three in one game. (We will up date this after confirming our numbers)
This is one stat that is way over looked, especially when it generally is a game changing play and a momentum killer to opponents. We can’t say officially without checking the record books, but are fairly positive he will have set a new school record in career charges and surpass Eric Steinbeck who has held the record for nearly two decades.
Overall in the Four Rivers Conference, St. Clair and Sullivan tied, both going 6-1, followed by St. James and Pacific 5-2, Hermann finished 3-4, New Haven 2-5, Union 1-6, and Owensville 0-7.
The player of the year and coach of the year went to Sullivan’s Justin Biermann and Coach Dino McKinney.