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Augie's Selland honored by state's trainers for knee injury comeback

SIOUX FALLS--Augustana senior women's basketball player Shelby Selland has been honored by the South Dakota Athletic Trainers Association after an incredible comeback from a major knee injury earlier this year.

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Augustana University's Shelby Selland, left, tries to get around a defender for a basket during the 2015-2016 season. (Gene Smith/Augustana athletics)

SIOUX FALLS-Augustana senior women's basketball player Shelby Selland has been honored by the South Dakota Athletic Trainers Association after an incredible comeback from a major knee injury earlier this year.

Selland, a native of Letcher, tore her anterior cruciate ligament on Jan. 4, playing at Southwest Minnesota State. Normally a nine-month recovery, with the guidance and help of Bortscheller, Selland returned to the court on Feb. 9, 2019, just five weeks after her injury. Selland came back to play in all eight remaining games for the Vikings, averaging more than 10 points and six rebounds per game.

On Wednesday, the SDATA honored Selland and Augustana Athletic Trainer Sara Bortscheller with the annual Iron Will award, which serves to honor an outstanding athlete who successfully returned to competition following a serious athletic injury. It also serves to honor the certified athletic trainer who played a major role in working with the athlete.

Bortscheller was instrumental in helping Selland get back on the court in just four weeks, and is honored to receive the award.

"Shelby is a true demonstration of what it means for a student-athlete to persevere through challenges," Bortscheller said in a news release. "From day one after her injury she was working to get back to playing, even when many thought it would be impossible. She's why I love my job. To see athletes return back to playing when all odds are against them."

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Selland has since graduated with a degree in Elementary Education with a minor in math and accounting. Bortscheller continues to work with numerous Viking athletic program, including the 2019 Division II Softball National Champion Augustana softball team.

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