Central's Milton commits to Illinois baseball

CHAMPAIGN — Connor Milton is officially a trendsetter.

The Champaign Central junior on Monday night verbally committed to Dan Hartleb’s University of Illinois baseball program through a tweet. The decision came two days after the orange and blue offered Milton during an official visit.

Danville ready to prove worth in American Legion tournament

DANVILLE — It's time to move on.

The controversy surrounding American Legion baseball's Illinois state tournament is in the rearview mirror, according to Danville Post 210 Gold coach Allan Shepherd.

Now, Shepherd wants his club to prepare for the Great Lakes Regional and a shot at the Legion national championship.

Bacys has Danville's seal of approval

DANVILLE — For the last 11 years, B.J. Luke sat at the top tier of Danville High School sports.

That changed last week when Luke retired from his role as athletic director. It didn't take him long to espouse the new man in charge.

"He'll do a nice job for us," Luke said. "And he dresses better than I do."

Judah Christian starting anew with Perez

CHAMPAIGN — Adrian Perez never imagined himself becoming a high school athletic director, and his career path to this point didn't really suggest the possibility.

Ex-Illini, ex-area players in pro baseball: July 31, 2018


OF Kevin Kiermaier, ex-Parkland, Rays

Danville vies for state supremacy

DANVILLE — Two wins, two losses.

That's how the Danville Post 210 Gold baseball team began its 2018 American Senior Legion campaign.

It wasn't a picturesque opening for a program that qualified for the Legion state tournament each of the last two seasons.

But it also didn't bother coach Allan Shepherd.

Griffin making most of his summer break before joining Illini

DANVILLE — Caleb Griffin isn't used to having this much downtime.

As a four-year, four-sport athlete at Danville High School, the recent graduate competed in football, soccer, basketball and baseball. That made it easy for Griffin to fill his calendar — on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis.

Now, Griffin is waiting.

News-Gazette All-Area content from 2017-18 school year

We're getting close to starting another school year, which means prep sports are on the horizon. When area golf teams are able to kick off their respective campaigns come Aug. 9, things officially will be in full swing.

Summer lessons prime Dans' Dugas for LSU

DANVILLE — Gavin Dugas has spent the 2018 Prospect League season showing LSU baseball exactly what it's getting when Dugas reports to campus as a freshman later this year.

Tigers coach Paul Mainieri must like what he sees.

Ex-area standouts in pro baseball: July 17, 2018


OF Kevin Kiermaier, ex-Parkland, Rays

Kiermaier went 9 for 33 last week with a home run against Detroit on Wednesday to go with six RBI. He also threw out a runner at home and managed not to get hurt during two bench-clearing brawls against the Twins on Sunday.

RHP Tanner Roark, ex-Illini, Nationals