CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Senior Ben Jacobson (Ottosen, Iowa/Humboldt) and junior Grant Henning (DeWitt, Iowa/Central DeWitt) have been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Division III Baseball Teams.
Earlier this year, both were named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team. Jacobson was a second team selection in the infield, while Henning was a third team selection at catcher. It is the first time either of the two have earned the honor. Coe was one of five schools in the country to have multiple selections to the team, while the Kohawk pair were the only two from the Iowa Conference selected.
Jacobson and Henning are the sixth and seventh Kohawk baseball players to earn the honor. Matt Novak (1979) and Todd Wenck (1996) were both second team selections. Ryan Schisler was a first team selection in 2010 and second team selection in 2011, while Scott DeAngelis most recently was a second team selection in 2012. Dating back to 1974, Coe now has 46 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans.
Jacobson, a Biology and Neuroscience major, split time on the mound and playing the two corner spots of the infield. He had a career-year at the plate, hitting .301 on the year with 31 hits and 19 runs scored. He had 10 doubles and a triple, while driving in 13 runs. Jacobson was 3-3 on the mound this season in 12 appearances and nine starts with a 4.38 ERA. Jacobson was a career .279 hitter with 50 hits, 32 runs scored, 12 doubles, a triple and a home run. He also drove in 29 runs. On the bump, Jacobson was 18-7 with a 4.24 ERA. He recorded 149 career strikeouts, including a career-high 48 this season.
Henning, a Biology, Neuroscience and Molecular Biology major, hit .284 on the year. Henning appeared in 26 games with 21 starts, having to miss a portion of the season with an injury. Henning had 21 hits, including two doubles, a triple and three home runs. He drove in 16 runs and scored 12. Henning had a career-high 14 putouts against Nebraska Wesleyan earlier this year, while also recording a career-high four assists against the Prairie Wolves. Henning enters his senior season with a .293 career batting average. He has 109 career hits and 66 career runs scored, while having 17 doubles, six triples and 11 home runs. Henning has brought in 91 runs.
To be eligible for the CoSIDA Academic All-District and All-America teams, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.3 GPA, be a sophomore or higher and have attended the school for at least a year. Nominees are voted on by Sports Information Directors across the region, based on their academic and athletic accomplishments. First team all-district selections are eligible for the all-American ballot.