When folks hear about the Amateur Athletic Union — much more commonly referred to as the AAU — their collective mind often wanders to basketball. But there’s more this association offers for summer activities, including the upcoming AAU Junior Olympic Games.

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When folks hear about the Amateur Athletic Union — much more commonly referred to as the AAU — their collective mind often wanders to basketball. But there’s more this association offers for summer activities, including the upcoming AAU Junior Olympic Games.

When we have local prep athletes fill out All-Area first-team surveys throughout a given academic year, they're asked, among other things, to provide three items on their bucket list.One thing that comes up many times is visiting another country, or traveling the world in some fashion.

Big 12 All-ConferenceFIRST TEAMSENIORS: x-Austin Collinson, Normal West; Noah Diedrich, Richwoods; x-Nick Gilhaus, Normal Community; x-Cody Hardt, Normal West; Ben Hannauer, Centennial; Cole Jones, Central; x-CJ Lewis, Normal West; Brandon Roth, Normal West; Trey Ryan, Centennial; Jack Schirpke, Normal Community.

ALL-AREA FIRST TEAMATHLETE YR. POS. SCHOOLKotah Broeker Sr. 2B/SS Salt ForkCrayton Burnett Soph. P/INF St. Joseph-OgdenNathan Garard Sr. P Gibson City-Melvin-SibleyConnor Milton Jr. CF Champaign CentralLogan Petersen Soph. P/INF LeRoyGage Romack Sr. P/OF Salt ForkAdam Rose Sr. P/OF St. Joseph-Ogden

Why he's Coach of the Year: Taking over for Duff Hoel after a third-place finish in Class 2A, Carver pushed the Warriors to nearly similar heights. Tuscola was the only local team to collect 30 wins, ending its year in a 2A super-sectional game and boasting All-Area Player of the Year Logan …

In a spinoff of our 'UI 150 & Beyond' project, we asked 10 former Illini coaches now living elsewhere to tell us about the first spot (other than a sports facility) or story that comes to mind when they think back to their C-U days.

Batting averagesPlayer, School AB R H RBI AVG.C. Kresin, Tuscl 112 43 57 51 .509M. Miller, AOC 69 34 35 28 .507Jayne, BlRdg 77 21 38 18 .494Atwood, Milfrd 74 24 35 34 .473Marshino, Milfrd 85 26 40 29 .471Schrodt, PBL 73 34 34 19 .466Barney, Milfrd 74 36 34 20 .459Ecker, PBL 84 36 38 23 .452

If you've never been to a Prospect League baseball game, you're missing out.The wood-bat summer league boasts college talent from around the nation, with 12 teams ranging at far east as West Virginia and as far west as Missouri.

A proud UI contingent was on hand Wednesday in Orlando, Fla., as Howard Milton, senior associate athletic director for development, picked up his 'Fundraiser of the Year' award from the National Association of Athletic Development Directors.

Louisville's Luke Smith and Jake Snider are not the only ex-Champaign high school baseball players participating in this year's College World Series. Former Centennial pitcher Brandon Barak is in his first year as Vanderbilt's director of player development.

Illini baseball great Doug Mills will soon have a new trophy to add to his cabinet: The 79-year-old recorded his first hole-in-one last Tuesday, acing No. 3 at the Champaign Country Club.