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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 Tabeling.

Season highlights: "Our southern trip, one of our goals was to go 3-0 down there. We hadn't done that yet as a program, so that was a big thing. Goreville's a tough opponent. It was good to get a victory against them. Early in the season, a victory against St. Joe, that was a positive. Losing 12-0 to (Champaign) Central and then coming back and beating them later in the year, that was a big highlight for us, especially with an 11-inning win. Winning the conference and going 13-0 was another one. And then the postseason run we made. That win against St. Joe was obviously a pretty big highlight, the way we won that."

A few of my favorites: My favorite food is spaghetti. My future mother-in-law, her homemade spaghetti is pretty good. ... My first car was a gray Ford Fusion. First one was technically a 2007. It got demolished by a hailstorm in Tuscola. So now it's a 2012 Fusion. ... My favorite non-sports hobby is weightlifting. ... My favorite sporting event I've attended live is a 2011 Cardinals-Pirates National League Division Series game. ... My favorite professional sports team is the St. Louis Cardinals. ... My favorite musician is Ed Sheeran. ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Adam Wainwright, Peyton Manning and Abraham Lincoln.

What I enjoy most about coaching: "The relationships you build with players. ... Me being so young, it's more buddy-buddy. You try not to as much as you can. We have fun, and that's the main thing. These kids look up to me, and I try to be that not really father figure, but older brother figure to these guys. ... A lot of these kids made huge strides, not even as just baseball players, just the way they behaved and stuff like that. So kind of molding the lives of these kids."

2019: Adam Carver, Tuscola

2018: Duff Hoel, Tuscola

2017: John Staab, Champaign Central

2016: Josh Haley, St. Joseph-Ogden

2015: Ryan Remole, Centennial

2014: John Staab, Champaign Central

2013: Gary Hansgen, Salt Fork

2012: Duff Hoel, Tuscola

Prep Sports Coordinator

Colin Likas is prep sports coordinator at The News-Gazette. His email is, and you can follow him on Twitter (@clikasNG).