Stillman Valley’s Andrew Wilhite has earned recognition from the USA TODAY.
He’s been named to the paper’s ALL-USA Illinois Second Team. This past season Wilhite had a .474 batting average for the Cardinals during the regular season. He hit 12 home runs and he drove in more than 50 runs.
Wilhite will play at the University of Minnesota next season.
COACH OF THE YEAR
John Darlington, Plainfield North
The only coach the Tigers have ever known led them to the school’s first team state title in any sport. Darlington, who has amassed 322 wins in 12 years at Plainfield North (450 in his coaching career), guided the Tigers to a 29-7-1 record and a 4-3 win over Huntley in the Class 4A state championship game.
Player of the Year
Alek Thomas, OF, Mt. Carmel (Chicago), 5-11/175, Sr.
Thomas hit .423 as a senior with 10 home runs, 43 RBI and 58 runs scored, while playing brilliant outfield defense. A TCU commit, he instead signed with the Diamondbacks, who drafted him in the second round, 63rd overall.
Jacob Maton, P, Glenwood (Chatham), 6-3/170, Sr.
Riley Gowens, P, Libertyville, 6-3/205, Sr.
Antoine Kelly, P, Maine East (City), 6-5/175, Sr.
Matt McCormick, C, St. Laurence (Burbank), 6-1/195, Jr.
Gavin Doyle, INF, Plainfield North, 6-2/170, Sr.
Branden Comia, INF, Sandburg (Orland Park), 5-11/180, Sr.
Hayden Juenger, INF, O’Fallon, 6-1/175, Sr.
Drake Westcott, INF, Edwardsville, 6-3/225, So.
Brooks Coetzee, OF, Mahomet-Seymour (Mahomet), 6-2/195, Sr.
Zaid Walker, OF, Homewood-Flossmoor (Flossmoor), 6-2/215, Sr.
Brady Miller, P, Plainfield North, 6-4/185, Sr.
James Kulak, P, Neuqua Valley (Naperville), 6-2/175, Sr.
Cole Kirschsieper, P, Lincoln-Way East (Frankfort), 5-11/170, Jr.
Ryan Hampe, C, Sandburg (Orland Park), 6-0/190, Sr.
Andrew Wilhite, INF, Stillman Valley, 6-1/175, Sr.
Mason Hull, INF, Effingham, 6-0/180, Sr.
Jake Kuntzendorf, INF, Aurora Christian, 6-0/180, So.
Cam McDonald, INF, Hall (Spring Valley), 6-4/200, Sr.
Aidan Tyrell, OF, Joliet Catholic, 5-11/155, Sr.
Jason Hodges, OF, Marist (Chicago), 6-3/210, Jr.
Nathan Lavender, OF/P, El Paso-Gridley (El Paso), 6-2/195, Sr.