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home : sports : sports   February 6, 2016

4/2/2013 10:30:00 AM
Soderholm to play at Augustana

NT Sports Staff

ROCK ISLAND — La Salle-Peru senior Jens Soderholm has committed to play basketball at Augustana College under Grey Giovanine.

The NewsTribune Boys Basketball Player of the Year averaged 21.8 points and an area-best 11 rebounds per game as a senior as he helped the Cavaliers to a Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference West Division title with a 10-0 record.

He was unanimously selected as the NIB 12 West MVP and was named Associated Press Class 3A Honorable Mention All-State. Soderholm was named to the all-tournament team at the Pekin Holiday Tournament after leading the tournament in scoring and rebounding.

“Augustana is receiving a highly motivated student-athlete in Jens Soderholm,” L-P coach Jim Cherveny said in a press release issued by Augustana. “Jens works hard both in the classroom as well as on the court.”

Soderholm joins a Viking program that owns 13 College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin titles and has made 12 NCAA Division III tournament appearances. In 14 seasons at Augustana, Giovanine has guided the Vikings to a 264-108 (.710) record, five CCIW regular season championships, three conference tournament titles and four NCAA Division III tournament appearances.

“His ability to compete at a high level is what makes him a special person.” Giovanine said in the release. “Jens is a strong, tough, skilled wing that can really score and rebound. His high school numbers reflect that. We really like the way he competes.”

Jens is the son of Sue Soderholm of Lindenhurst, Ill., and Eric and Michelle Soderholm of Peru. He was seven-semester high honor roll member at L-P and earned NIB 12 academic all-conference honorable mention. He is planning on a biochemistry major at Augustana with an eye toward pre-medicine.

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