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Truedson, Rutledge top BHS senior athletes

Bemidji High School selected its top female and male athlete of the year at the BHS Hall of Fame banquet on Monday evening. Kim Truedson, left, was selected the 2011-2012 top female athlete and Cody Rutledge as the top male. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

BEMIDJI - 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 athletes at BHS. Truedson was a leader on the cross country and Nordic ski teams and currently 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 power forward and 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 RBIs rank 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 a person or 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.

This week at BHS

This week's highlight is the annual Des Sagedahl Wooden Bat baseball tournament hosted by the BHS baseball team, which will be Friday and Saturday at the BSU Diamond.

Joining the Lumberjacks will be Roseau, Duluth East and Grand Forks Red River.

The Jacks will play Red River at 7 p.m. Friday. Saturday they will tangle with Duluth East at noon and Roseau at 4 p.m.

Bemidji also will be home Thursday for a game with West Fargo.

The tennis team opened the week Monday with a home meet against Crookston and today the squad will entertain Thief River Falls at 2 p.m. and Moorhead at 5 p.m.

Thursday the Jacks will head to Grand Rapids to complete their week.

Bemidji's softball team entertains Fargo North in a twinbill today, visits Grand Rapids Thursday and travels to Cloquet Saturday.

The golfers also are busy this week. Today sees the girls at Blueberry Pines and on Saturday they will visit Wadena. On Friday the boys will head to Longbow.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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