Meet the first team | 2018 N-G All-Area baseball

Meet the first team | 2018 N-G All-Area baseball

Skylar Bolton | Oakwood, Sr., C/3B

Why he made it: One half of a stellar battery with fellow senior Chase Vinson, the two-time All-Area first-team selection struck for a .471 batting average with four home runs, 35 RBI and 17 stolen bags while catching a perfect game from Vinson.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see G Herbo. ... Before I compete, I eat bananas. ... In my dream career, I would play in MLB. ... My favorite subject to study in school is science. ... My favorite athlete is Yadier Molina. ... My favorite TV show is "Chicago Fire." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Yadier Molina.

Three items on my bucket list: Be in MLB, make a million dollars and drive a Lambo.

Alek Bundy | Monticello, Sr., OF

Why he made it: Bundy collected the area's second-best batting average at .485 while smacking four homers, driving in 30 runs and snagging 21 steals for a 25-5 squad.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Lonzo Ball. ... Before I compete, I eat Subway. ... In my dream career, I would play in MLB. ... My favorite subject to study in school is math. ... My favorite athlete is Russell Westbrook. .... My favorite TV show is "Family Feud." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Lonzo Ball, LeBron James and Reggie Miller.

Three items on my bucket list: Skydiving, scuba diving and bungee jumping.

Austin Cain | St. Joseph-Ogden, Sr., P/INF

Why he made it: Cain proved a strong two-way presence for the Class 2A regional-champion Spartans, hitting .376 with two home runs, 31 RBI and 26 steals on top of a 2.49 ERA and 51 strikeouts on the mound.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Luke Bryan. ... Before I compete, I eat Subway. ... In my dream career, I would be a professional baseball player or bass master. ... My favorite subject to study in school is science. ... My favorite athlete is Javier Baez. ... My favorite TV show is "The Walking Dead." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Javier Baez, Francisco Lindor and Ernie Banks.

Three items on my bucket list: Catch a marlin, go to Rome and get a beach house.

Brooks Coetzee | Mahomet-Seymour, Sr., OF

Why he made it: The future Notre Dame star had another productive campaign with the Bulldogs, compiling a .471 batting average with two homers and 20 RBI on his way to his second All-Area first-team nod.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Post Malone. ... Before I compete, I eat Snickers. ... In my dream career, I would be playing baseball. ... My favorite subject to study in school is science. ... My favorite athlete is Mike Trout. ... My favorite TV show is "New Girl." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Kevin Hart, Will Ferrell and Chris Rock.

Three items on my bucket list: Learn how to surf, fly a plane and go on a mission trip.

Andrew Erickson | Tuscola, Sr., P/C

Why he made it: Handling a majority of the Warriors' behind-the-plate duties, Erickson managed a stable of 12 hurlers — and threw a few innings himself — while posting a .484 batting average with seven home runs and an area-best 58 RBI for Class 2A's third-place team.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Luke Combs. ... Before I compete, I eat a protein shake. ... In my dream career, I would catch for the Cubs. ... My favorite subject to study in school is free period. ... My favorite athlete is Yadier Molina. ... My favorite TV show is "One Tree Hill." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Yadier Molina, Babe Ruth and Selena Gomez.

Three items on my bucket list: Skydive, play in the bigs and basejumping.

Dalton Hoel | Tuscola, Sr., SS

Why he made it: Our Player of the Year exhausted Tuscola's opponents with his leadoff presence, hitting .472 with 26 RBI and 62 stolen bases. The Kaskaskia College signee finished his prep career with 176 stolen bases, good for fourth in IHSA history.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Red Hot Chili Peppers. ... Before I compete, I eat animal crackers. ... In my dream career, I would be a lawyer. ... My favorite subject to study in school is math. ... My favorite athlete is Jose Altuve. ... My favorite TV show is "MLB Tonight." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Theo Epstein, Noah Pierce and Pete Rose.

Three items on my bucket list: Visit every MLB ballpark, bench press 405 pounds and graduate first in my class from law school.

Ben Jarboe | PBL, Jr., P/1B/3B

Why he made it: Jarboe paced an offense that led the Panthers to a 20-10 ledger. The junior hit .403 with 20 RBI, all while posting three pitching wins and 38 strikeouts on the mound.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Zac Brown Band. ... Before I compete, I eat pizza. ... In my dream career, I would be a park ranger. ... My favorite subject to study in school is U.S. history. ... My favorite athlete is Paul DeJong. ... My favorite TV show is "River Monsters." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Thomas Jefferson, Dr. Seuss and Yadier Molina.

Three items on my bucket list: Deep-sea fishing, go to Canada and visit every MLB ballpark.

Luke Jones | Rantoul, Sr., C

Why he made it: Jones was a steady presence for the Eagles amid an up-and-down campaign. The senior hit an even .400 with two home runs and 32 RBI while calling action from behind the plate.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Luke Combs. ... Before I compete, I have a Dr. Pepper. ... In my dream career, I would be working with guns. ... My favorite subject to study in school is agriculture. ... My favorite athlete is Yadier Molina. ... My favorite TV show is "The Office." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Yadier Molina, Selena Gomez and Derek Jeter.

Three items on my bucket list: Blow up a car with a tank, skydive and fly a plane.

Noah Jordan | BHRA, Sr., P/OF

Why he made it: On a balanced squad that surprised by capturing a Class 2A regional crown, Jordan became the leading figure by hitting .406 with 25 RBI in addition to posting five pitching wins, a 2.39 ERA and 74 punchouts on the bump.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see G Herbo. ... Before I compete, I eat granola bars. ... In my dream career, I would own a record label. ... My favorite subject to study in school is calculus. ... My favorite athlete is Deion Sanders. ... My favorite TV show is ESPN's "30 for 30." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Dwight D. Eisenhower, Diddy and Derek Jeter.

An item on my bucket list: Visit all the MLB parks.

Noah Pierce | Tuscola, Sr., P/OF

Why he made it: The left-hander was a dominant presence down the stretch for Tuscola on its run to the Class 2A state semifinals. The Kaskaskia College signee garnered a local-leading 12 pitching wins — including the final one of the year — and an area-best 102 strikeouts to go with a sterling 0.88 ERA.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Post Malone. ... Before I compete, I eat trail mix. ... In my dream career, I would play in MLB. ... My favorite subject to study in school is science. ... My favorite athlete is Clayton Kershaw. ... My favorite TV show is "Criminal Minds." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Dalton Hoel, Tim Tebow and Zach Kibler.

Three items on my bucket list: Buy a yacht with my friends, get drafted by the Cubs and study abroad.

Cam Robinson | Champaign Central, Sr., P/1B/OF

Why he made it: Another of the area's best two-way players, the John A. Logan College signee secured a .333 batting average with 28 RBI while posting a 0.95 ERA with seven wins and 77 strikeouts pitching en route to his second All-Area first-team nod.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Migos. ... Before I compete, I eat a Snickers with a dragonfruit Vitamin Water. ... In my dream career, I would be the closer for the New York Yankees. ... My favorite subject to study in school is sports marketing. ... My favorite athletes are Derek Jeter and LeBron James. ... My favorite TV show is "Chicago P.D." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Jackie Robinson, Dr. Dre and Drake.

Three items on my bucket list: Go scuba diving, visit all the MLB stadiums and watch the Yankees beat the Cubs in a World Series.

Gage Romack | Salt Fork, Jr., P/SS/3B

Why he made it: Romack did it all for this Class 1A regional titlist, hitting .458 with two homers, 24 RBI and 15 steals in addition to collecting six wins and 43 strikeouts on the mound.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Post Malone. ... Before I compete, I eat Arby's. ... In my dream career, I would play baseball. ... My favorite subject to study in school is world history. ... My favorite athlete is Mike Trout. ... My favorite TV show is "That '70s Show." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.

Three items on my bucket list: Play in MLB, pitch a perfect game and meet Steph Curry.

Nick Schurter | St. Thomas More, Sr., P/1B

Why he made it: Schurter was a principal player for a Sabers group that held its own during a challenging regular-season slate. The senior garnered a five pitching victories, a 2.46 ERA and 46 strikeouts while adding 12 RBI as a hitter.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Luke Bryan. ... Before I compete, I eat a peanut toffee CLIF BAR. ... In my dream career, I would be the general manager of the Cardinals. ... My favorite subject to study in school is math. ... My favorite athlete is Luke Stokowski. ... My favorite TV show is "The Office." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Billy DuBois, Joe Immke and Andrew Cotner.

Three items on my bucket list: Visit Thor's Well in Oregon, visit every MLB stadium and watch penguins in Antarctica.

Luke Stokowski | Monticello, Sr., P/OF

Why he made it: The area's best hitter by average at .505, the two-time All-Area first-team selection knocked four home runs, drove in 42 and stole 17 bases for a Sages group that topped most who opposed it.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Drake. ... Before I compete, I eat Subway. ... In my dream career, I would be a deep-sea fisherman. ... My favorite subject to study in school is English. ... My favorite athlete is Albert Pujols. ... My favorite TV show is "Family Guy." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Michael Jordan, Delroy Robinson and Bryce Harper.

Three items on my bucket list: Skydive, go to space and meet LeBron James.

Brayden VonLanken | Tuscola, Jr., P/1B

Why he made it: Another big power source for the Warriors, VonLanken batted .415 with an area-best nine home runs as well as 47 RBI and another 22 strikeouts on the mound. The slugger also stole home during the Class 2A state third-place game.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Lonzo Ball. ... Before I compete, I eat Jimmy John's. ... In my dream career, I would play in the NFL. ... My favorite subject to study in school is science. ... My favorite athlete is Bryce Harper. ... My favorite TV show is "Friends." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Steph Curry, LeBron James and Bryce Harper.

Three items on my bucket list: Skydiving, get on a show with Stephen A. Smith and parasail.

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