GENTRY -- Kerlose Ruzek, a 2020 graduate of Gentry High School, was named among the recipients of the National High School Strength Coaches Association's All-American Award at the association's national conference on June 22.
"The NHSSCA All-American Award is truly an earned honor," according to an NHSSCA news release. "Athletes must be nominated and supported by their coaching staff, but also meet high standards of athleticism in areas of strength, speed, agility and power."
Ruzek was coached by Sean Seligman.
An official certificate was sent to the award-winning coach and to the athlete to recognize this accomplishment.
"He was our powerlifter of the year and was awarded the 2020 NHSSCA All-American Athlete of the Year," Seligman said. "He is the first athlete in Gentry's history to make All-American."
Ruzek is busy in football camp for the Northeastern State University Riverhawks in Tahlequah, Okla., where he will play this fall. He signed in February to play football for NSU Riverhawks.
The NHSSCA was created to allow high school coaches to grow as true professionals. It is an association to educate, equip and empower coaches to make a positive impact in the lives of student-athletes.