Kyle scores 1,000th career point.
NEW HAVEN, Mo. - In Friday night’s (Dec. 19) game against St. James, Kyle Ruediger scored his 1,000 and 1001 career points, but not in the way fans would have expected.
Fans have become accustom to watching teams try every attempt to keep Ruediger from scoring by double and triple teaming him with little success.
Instead of Ruediger elevating above defenses and at times making “Michael Jordan” like plays, Kyle would score his 1,000 and 1,001 career points from the free-throw line at the 1:34 mark in the fourth quarter to give New Haven a two point lead.
Ruediger becomes just the 18th player in school history to score over 1,000 career points, forever etching his name alongside legendary players like John Kingsbury, Ken Quest, Skip Wolfe, Tim Scheer, Larry Diederich, Kyle Wolfe, and Glenn Scheer to name a few.
Photo by Kelly Hoffmann
After retiring as New Haven Boys Head Basketball Coach, this was the first time Ray Steinhoff was able to actually watch a player he’d coached reach a rare milestone and said he couldn’t have been more happier for Ruediger.
Steinhoff, who coached Kyle the past three years said, “Kyle is going to go down in the longs of New Haven Basketball as being one of the top players to ever come through here and when you join this club it solidifies that you were one heck of a high school player.”
Friday night was bitter sweet for Ruediger as New Haven came up short to St. James losing by one point (43-42) and Kyle said he would’ve rather won the game instead of hitting 1,000 career points.
“It means a lot to achieve something few players have and it proves that hard work pays off, but I could’ve never reached this milestone without having great teammates this season and in past years”, Ruediger said after Friday night’s game. “Growing up and seeing the special tradition we have here and now joining a group of guys who established New Haven’s tradition is something I will always cherish.”
Ruediger has been nearly unstoppable this season, averaging 25 points per game, scoring 30 or points three games in a row, which included a career high 35 points against Montgomery County, leading New Haven to win Consolation in the Montgomery County Tournament earlier this month.
Coach Aaron Peirick contributed Kyle’s success to his continues work ethic year round. “Kyle is constantly working to improve his game. During the summer he was always in the weight room and in the gym shooting nearly every day. If you work as hard as Kyle you will be a good player and its just as important to know that he works just as hard in the classroom”, said Aaron Peirick.
Steinhoff concluded by saying, “He is just a great kid that goes about everything the right way on and off the court, this includes the excellent student he is as well. Kyle has put a lot of time and effort and is deserving… it’s good to see him be rewarded for it.”
Ruediger is the first player for the boys basketball team in over 13 years to score over 1,000 career points, the last player was Johnny Viehland in 2001 who finished with 1,264 points.
As long as Ruediger remains healthy he will likely finish in the top ten for career points scored.
Players to score over 1,000 career points.
*As of this article publish date.