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Bishop Heelan baseball team rallies around Solsma

Bishop Heelan's Trent Solsma is battling a serious illness. Bishop Heelan's Trent Solsma is battling a serious illness.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -  If you know Bishop Heelan's Trent Solsma only as an all-state quarterback or standout baseball player, you only know half the story. Solsma is a National Honor Society member and is headed to Morningside College on a football scholarship.

He's also now battling a serious illness. Solsma found out last week that he has Thyroid cancer. The illness was found early and is very treatable so the prognosis is good.

He and his family are at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where Trent will have surgery on Wednesday.

This also means his high school baseball career is over. The Crusader family has pulled together to support Solsma during this challenge.

"Having Trent around is so important to us in whatever capacity he's with us," Head Coach Andy Osborne said.  "I think seeing how the kids rallied last night and honoring Trent the way that we have, and the way we'll continue to honor him is certainly helping our spirits and helping us move past it as well."

The second-ranked Crusaders start district play on Friday against Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley at 5 o'clock in Orange City.
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