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Illinois Basketball Coaches Association
Illinois Basketball Coaches Association

HALL OF FAME
FRIENDS OF BASKETBALL

Name: August Soehlke

Year Inducted: 1975

Category: Friends of Basketball

Biography:
“Guss” Soehlke was an All-State player at Edwardsville during the 1934-35 season. After college, he was still in love with the game when Collinsville coach Jim Fabri asked him to be the team’s scorer. When Vergil Fletcher took the program, Guss stayed as scorekeeper and remained through most of the legendary coach’s tenure at the helm. During that time, Guss scored for 13 State Tournaments in which Collinsville appeared. By trade, Guss was a milk salesman. By avocation, he initiated a basketball program at Collinsville’s St. Peter and Paul Grade School where he also coached the teams from 1945-65.