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Surgery successful for Bishop Heelan's Solsma

Bishop Heelan's Trent Solsma underwent successful surgery on Wednesday. Bishop Heelan's Trent Solsma underwent successful surgery on Wednesday.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -  Bishop Heelan senior Trent Solsma underwent successful surgery Wednesday for Thyroid cancer at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Trent tweeted this score, "Solsma 1, Cancer 0".

His baseball season is over but Trent may be back in the dugout when Heelan opens district play on Friday.

From a baseball standpoint, Solsma was second on the team with a .433 batting average with 24 RBI's in 32 games. He also has a 5-2 record on the mound with an ERA of 2.87.

Solsma has been a four year starter for the Crusaders, who are ranked second in the state in Class 3A. Head coach Andy Osborne says they'll miss his leadership even more.

"He's been challenged with this and I don't know anybody tougher," said Heelan head coach Trent Solsma. "To see him react and be able to stand up and tell his teammates about his fight with cancer, it was phenomenal. He's such a special kid. We're certainly going to miss him on the field but we're glad he's going to be OK in the long run."

The Crusaders open district play on Friday at 5 o'clock against Boyden-Hull, Rock Valley, in Orange City.
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