Meet the All-Area baseball first team

TIMMIE JOHNSON

Champaign Central, Sr., infielder/pitcher

The numbers: The Maroons' top two-way player and All-Big 12 pick hit .373 and led the team with 41 runs scored and 21 stolen bases as a second baseman. Fired a no-hitter earlier in the season and struck out 41 batters in 41 2/3 innings.

Favorite athlete: Shonn Greene

Dream date: Erin Andrews

Whom I'm texting most: My sister

I need concert tickets to: Coldplay

Movie I have to see: "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"

Favorite TV show: "The Office"

With my lottery winnings, I'm buying: New baseball facilities for Central

My role model: Trent Meacham

My least favorite food: Tuna

Three people I'd like to have dinner with: John Staab, the cousins and Virginia Johnson

KURTIS KINYOUN

Tuscola, Sr., catcher

The numbers: Sauk Valley College recruit put the Warriors on his back and led them to a regional crown with his .515 batting average and 52 hits. He led all area sluggers with 51 RBI. On the mound, the right-hander posted a 5-3 record after entering the rotation a month into the season and struck out 67 in 52 1/3 innings.

Favorite athlete: Yadier Molina

Dream date: Taylor Swift

Whom I'm texting most: Friends

I need concert tickets to: Red Hot Chili Peppers

Movie I have to see: "The Hangover"

Favorite TV show: "Rescue Me"

With my lottery winnings, I'm buying: A little bit of everything

My role models: Josh Shelmadine and Ryan Tabeling

My least favorite food: Meatloaf

Three people I'd like to have dinner with: President Barack Obama, Tony La Russa and Dane Cook

DANE KRONE

St. Thomas More, Sr., utility

The numbers: The Sabers' No. 1 pitcher and cleanup hitter did a little bit of everything. As a shortstop, hit .379 with 12 doubles and a pair of homers. On the mound, the Parkland signee went 7-1 with a 2.04 ERA and struck out 50 in 48 innings. He walked 17.

Favorite athlete: Albert Pujols

Dream date: Carrie Underwood

Whom I'm texting most: Tyler Jay Schweighart

I need concert tickets to: Kenny Chesney

Movie I have to see: "Superbad"

Favorite TV show: "SportsCenter"

With my lottery winnings, I'm buying: A house and a yacht in the Caribbean

My role model: Chris Carpenter

My least favorite food: Tuna

Three people I'd like to have dinner with: Megan Fox, Usher and Shelly Schweighart

J.D. LEARNARD

Salt Fork, Sr., pitcher/POY

The numbers: The future Illinois State Redbird did it on the mound and at the plate for the Elite Eight-qualifying Storm. Posted a 10-2 record and struck out an area-best 127 batters in 76 innings. He walked 24 and posted a 2.30 ERA. Also among the team leaders in batting average (.448), RBI (24), hits (39) and runs (33).

Favorite athlete: Chris Carpenter

Dream date: Carrie Underwood

Whom I'm texting most: My girlfriend, Taylor Page

I need concert tickets to: Hootie and the Blowfish

Movie I have to see: "The Hangover"

Favorite TV show: "House"

With my lottery winnings, I'm buying: A Dodge Viper

My role model: My dad, Steve Learnard

My least favorite food: Jell-O

Three people I'd like to have dinner with: Brett Favre, Will Ferrell and Albert Pujols

JOEL LEARNARD

Salt Fork, So., designated hitter/pitcher

The numbers: The 6-foot-6 first baseman paced the Storm with 38 RBI, 34 runs and tied for the team lead with seven homers to go along with a .443 average. Teamed with his cousin to form one of the area's best 1-2 pitching combos, striking out 96 batters in 58 innings.

Favorite athlete: LeBron James

Dream date: Jessica Simpson

Whom I'm texting most: Friends

I need concert tickets to: Lil Wayne

Movie I have to see: "The Hangover"

Favorite TV show: "SportsCenter"

With my lottery winnings, I'm buying: A new car

My role model: Jordan Learnard

My least favorite food: Peas

Three people I'd like to have dinner with: Albert Pujols, LeBron James and Dwight Howard

BRADY LEEMAN

Oakwood, Sr., pitcher

The numbers: The Comets' workhorse was among the area's best this season with a 1.63 ERA. The right-hander, who's headed to Illinois Wesleyan, posted a 6-2 record and struck out 52 in 51 2/3 innings. He walked 12. As a shortstop, hit .317 with 21 RBI, 23 runs and seven stolen bases.

Favorite athlete: Albert Pujols

Dream date: Jessica Alba

Whom I'm texting most: My girlfriend

I need concert tickets to: AC/DC

Movie I have to see: "The Hangover"

Favorite TV show: "SportsCenter"

With my lottery winnings, I'm buying: More lottery tickets

My role model: My parents

My least favorite food: Salad

Three people I'd like to have dinner with: Will Ferrell, LaDainian Tomlinson and Michael Jordan

DON McDUFFEE

Centennial, Sr., outfielder

The numbers: First-year starter in center was among area leaders in hitting (.505 average) for the Chargers. Of his 53 hits, 21 went for extra bases, including 13 doubles and six triples. Scored 44 runs, stole 18 bases and struck out six times in 105 at-bats; walked 15 times.

Favorite athlete: Reed Johnson

Dream date: Kelsey Gray

Whom I'm texting most: My girlfriend and Eric VonQualen

I need concert tickets to: Motion City Soundtrack

Movie I have to see: "The Hangover"

Favorite TV show: "SportsCenter"

With my lottery winnings, I'm buying: An island

My role model: My brother, Nick McDuffee

My least favorite food: Mushrooms

Three people I'd like to have dinner with: Barack Obama, my grandma, Wanda McDaniel, and Nolan Ryan

JOE PARKHILL

St. Thomas More, Sr., outfielder

The numbers: Speedy center fielder was the top offensive player for Sabers, who won their first regional title. Hit .441 with a team-best 13 doubles hitting out of the No. 3 hole. Went 14 for 15 in stolen bases and struck out five times in 93 at-bats.

Favorite athlete: Tiger Woods

Dream date: Heidi Klum or my girlfriend, Morgan Buerkett

Whom I'm texting most: My friends

I need concert tickets to: Toby Keith

Movie I have to see: "The Hangover"

Favorite TV show: "Two and a Half Men"

With my lottery winnings, I'm buying: A Gulfstream 550 private jet

My role model: My dad, Dave Parkhill

My least favorite food: Fish tacos

Three people I'd like to have dinner with: Willie Mays, Warren Buffett and Bob Marley

DYLAN OVERSTREET

Paxton-Buckley-Loda, So., infielder/pitcher

The numbers: Unanimous All-Sangamon Valley pick starred at the plate and on the mound. As a shortstop, hit .386 with 11 doubles, three triples and three homers. Stole 11 bases and scored a team-high 45 runs. Went 7-2 with a 1.79 ERA. Struck out 56 in 55 innings.

Favorite athlete: LeBron James

Dream date: Jessica Alba

Whom I'm texting most: Friends

I need concert tickets to: Lil Wayne, T.I.

Movie I have to see: "The Hangover"

Favorite TV show: "SportsCenter"

With my lottery winnings, I'm buying: A new Bentley

My role model: Tyler Overstreet

My least favorite food: Mashed potatoes

Three people I'd like to have dinner with: Michael Jordan, LeBron James and my grandpa, Gib Coplea

JOSH RAYMOND

Mahomet-Seymour, Jr., infielder

The numbers: Hard-hitting first baseman terrified opposing pitchers in his first varsity campaign, hitting a team-best .500 and driving in 37 runs. Of his 50 hits, 18 went for extra bases, including seven homers and 10 doubles for an .830 slugging percentage. Struck out five times in 100 at-bats.

Favorite athlete: Albert Pujols

Dream date: Kayla Cockerill

Whom I'm texting most: Kayla Cockerill

I need concert tickets to: The Who

Movie I have to see: "Transporter 2"

Favorite TV show: "SportsCenter"

With my lottery winnings, I'm buying: A house in San Diego for my parents

My role model: Jesus Christ

My least favorite food: Mayonnaise

Three people I'd like to have dinner with: Jesus Christ, Keith Pogue and Nic DiFilippo

BOB SCHROEDER

Mahomet-Seymour, Sr., outfielder

The numbers: Hard-working center fielder and leader of the Bulldogs finished with a .468 batting average, with six homers, eight doubles and four triples for the regional champions. Led team with 37 runs scored and drove in 29.

Favorite athlete: Albert Pujols

Dream date: Carly Hampton

Whom I'm texting most: Carly Hampton

I need concert tickets to: Smash Mouth

Movie I have to see: "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"

Favorite TV show: "Ultimate Warrior"

With my lottery winnings, I'm buying: A house, a butler and the Chicago Bears

My role model: Jesus Christ

My least favorite food: Pears

Three people I'd like to have dinner with: Jesus Christ, Keith Pogue and Nic DiFilippo

ERIC VonQUALEN

Centennial, Sr., infielder/pitcher

The numbers: The top two-way player for the regional champion Chargers. At the plate, the shortstop hit .318 for Kyle Herges' squad. Pitched a team-high 52 2/3 innings, striking out 44, walking 16 and recording five wins.

Favorite athlete: Derek Jeter

Dream date: Eva Longoria

Whom I'm texting most: Don McDuffee and Aaron VonQualen

I need concert tickets to: Lil Wayne

Movie I have to see: "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"

Favorite TV show: "SportsCenter"

With my lottery winnings, I'm buying: A Lamborghini

My role model: My older brother

My least favorite food: Mushrooms

Three people I'd like to have dinner with: Aaron VonQualen, Carlos Zambrano and my grandmothers, Joan Masching and Evelyn VonQualen

DREW WATTS

Watseka, Sr., pitcher

The numbers: Hard-throwing right-hander helped the Warriors to a fourth-place finish in Class 2A by winning an area-best 11 games. Had a 1.04 ERA and struck out 124 batters. At the plate, hit .302 with a pair of homers and eight doubles.

Favorite athlete: Tim Lincecum

Dream date: Gotta be my girlfriend

Whom I'm texting most: My girlfriend

I need concert tickets to: Ne-Yo, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban

Movie I have to see: "The Hangover"

Favorite TV show: Cubs baseball

With my lottery winnings, I'm buying: The Cubs and putting myself on the roster and a big house and fancy cars

My role model: My great-grandpa

My least favorite food: Baked beans

Three people I'd like to have dinner with: My great-grandpa, Lou Piniella and Alex Rodriguez

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