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Triple Threat Athlete of the Week: Preston Ruedinger, Lourdes Academy

04/08/2021, 11:15am CDT
By Mark Miller

Preston Ruedinger

Name: Preston Ruedinger

School: Lourdes Academy

Grade: Senior
 
Football Honors:
 Two-time first-team all-league selection as a wide receiver in the Trailways Conference ... Hauled in 54 passes for 847 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior while helping the Knights to a 10-0 record under coach Kevin Wopat ... Finished prep career with 96 catches for 1,626 yards and 26 touchdowns.  

Basketball Honors: Four-year letter winner for coaches Brad Clark and his father, Dennis Ruedinger ... Scored 2,349 career points to rank among the top point producers in state history ... Averaged 25.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.0 assists as a senior while leading Lourdes to a 25-5 record and the WIAA Division 4 state championship ... Four-time first-team all-Trailways Conference pick and two-time Player of the Year ... First-team All-State pick as a senior by the Associated Press.

Golf Honors: Member of the combined Lourdes Academy/Valley Christian boys' golf squad.

Favorite Sport : "Basketball is my favorite sport because of how intense every possession needs to be to win a game. Also, basketball gives you the opportunity to create bonds with your teammates that will last forever."

Best Part of High School Sports: "The best part of high school sports is the community you make with your school when your team succeeds."

Best Advice from a High School Coach: "The best advice I received from a high school coach is you will never just receive something you want, you have to work for it."

Most Memorable Moment in High School Sports: "Winning the state basketball championship when we hit a buzzer-beater to win it."

Best Part of Playing Three Sports: "The best part of playing three sports is you get to meet new people that have the same passion as you at your own school."

Toughest Part of Playing Three Sports: "You don't have much free time to get your mind off of sports."

Favorite Opponent: "My favorite opponent to play is easily Hustisford in basketball."

Favorite Professional Teams: Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee Brewers, Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys

Favorite Professional Athlete: "My favorite professional athletes are Stephen Curry, Devin Booker and Tyrese Haliburton."

Favorite College Teams: Wisconsin, Ohio State

Cumulative GPA: 3.513
 
Toughest Individual You’ve Competed Against:
 "Patrick Baldwin Jr. of Sussex Hamilton in basketball."

Biggest Challenge of COVID-19: "The biggest challenge of COVID-19 was not getting to experience basketball with all of the fans in the gym for those crazy atmospheres."

Most Admired High School Teammates: "My most admired teammate is Nathan Slagter because of his perseverance to come back from his ACL tear to play with us at the end of the year."

College Plans: "I am still undecided for my college plans." (Editor's note: Preston owns scholarship offers in basketball from NCAA Division I North Dakota as well as NCAA Division II Michigan Tech, St. Leo and West Texas A&M).

Activities Outside of Sports: Chemistry Club, Tomorrow's Leaders

I Find it Relaxing to: "I find it relaxing to shoot in a gym alone."

Favorite TV Show: The Office

Favorite Movie: Blind Side

Favorite Musical Artists: Morgan Wallen, Luke Combs

Favorite Subject: Math

Favorite Restaurant: Red Robin

Favorite Website: YouTube

Other Family Members: Dennis, father; Kellie, mother; Delaney, younger sister. 

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