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Catching up with ex-area standouts in pro baseball

Contributor Troy Gentle catches up with former area standouts playing in pro baseball:

MAJOR LEAGUES

OF Kevin Kiermaier, ex-Parkland, Rays

Illini Year in Review: Grading the programs

Men's gymnastics: A

Why an A: The Illini won what had been an elusive Big Ten title then followed it up with an individual NCAA champ (Alex Diab on rings) and a third-place national finish as a team.

Illini Year in Review: Moments by the month

A look at the biggest moment of each month from the last year of Illini athletics:

July

Brad Underwood's first July as Illinois basketball coach was almost as busy as his first April with more than a half-dozen new offers for prospective recruits, of which zero picked the Illini.

August

Illini Year in Review: The Lists

Top male athletes

1. Bren Spillane, baseball. The third-round MLB draft pick was one of three position players nationally to earn consensus (all six) All-American honors.

2. Alex Diab, gymnastics. A national championship on rings for the Glen Ellyn native was Illinois' third on the event and 58th total.

Four local notes on the national pastime ahead of Independence Day

Independence Day and baseball go well together. It's the national pastime, after all. Before you fire up the grills and watch the sky light up on Wednesday night, sports editor Matt Daniels takes you around the horn with four items:

Go, Cubs, go

Illini baseball signs Marine

CHAMPAIGN — Josh Harris will arrive at Illinois with just one season of junior college baseball experience. But likely more world experience than many of his future teammates.

Illinois announced Thursday that Harris, a 24-year-old from Beecher, signed with the Illini baseball program on Wednesday after pitching this past spring at Kankakee Community College.

Massey wins Gold Glove

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois second baseman Michael Massey was named the ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner for second base, Rawlings announced Wednesday on Twitter.

Massey edged out three other finalists, including Louisiana's Hunter Kasuls, Oregon State's Nick Madrigal — the fourth-overall pick in this month's MLB Draft by the Chicago White Sox — and Duke's Max Miller.

Build it or 'get lapped'

The night before Friday's Hall of Fame Gala in Chicago, heavyweights from Illinois basketball gathered for a Champions Summit.

The message:

"We need to get busy," senior associate athletic director for development Howard Milton said. "You don't get passed in this, you can get lapped in the Big Ten in terms of facilities."

Oakwood's inaugural Wall of Fame class talk of town at meet and greet

OAKWOOD — It was a challenge for Darrin Fletcher to cast his gaze upon the plaque he received Monday evening.

Pictured on it were the former University of Illinois and major league catcher, along with late grandfather Glen, late father Tom and son Casey. The imagery was a token of appreciation for the first family of Oakwood baseball.

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