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Truedson, Rutledge named top senior athletes at Bemidji High School

The Bemidji High School athletes were honored during Monday's Hall of Fame celebration and two senior athletes received special recognition.

Kim Truedson and Cody Rutledge were voted the Senior Athletes of the Year by the BHS coaches and media and Monday night they received their awards.

Both are three-sport ath-letes at BHS. Truedson was a leader on the cross country and Nordic ski teams and currently she is among the top distance runners in the section track and field scene.

Last week at the section True Team meet Truedson placed third in the 3,200 with a personal record of 11:24.90.

Last fall she finished 18th in the section cross country meet and was second among the Lumberjacks with a time of 15:25.

Rutledge was a standout defensive back and wide receiver for the football team that advanced to the Class 4A championship game last fall. He also filled in as quarterback during a regular season game, leading the Jacks to a 35-6 victory over St. Cloud Tech.

Rutledge was an All-Section 7-4A first team pick, was named to the All-State second team and was honored by his coaches with the Red Wilson Award

During the basketball season Rutledge played the power forward position and he was arguably the team's top defensive player.

This spring he is among the baseball team's leaders with a .511 batting average. His 24 RBI ranks third in the state and he is second among Minnesota's prep power hitters with five home runs.

Truedson and Rutledge succeed Bailey Drewes and Ryan Rude who were the 2011 recipients.

Also honored during Monday's Hall of Fame celebration was former BHS coach Lyman Brink who received the Lumberjack Award. The award is annually given to someone or a group of people who have been instrumental in the development and success of Bemidji athletics.

Last year Jerry and Frank Sargent received the Lumberjack Award.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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