It was a big weekend for high school baseball in the Illinois Valley.
St. Bede Academy Head Baseball Coach Bill Booker was inducted into the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Booker has been on coaching staffs of state finalists at St. Bede, L-P and Putnam County.
Thanks to a state title last spring, Hall Head Baseball Coach Tom Keegan was named the IHSBCA's Class 2A Coach of the Year. One of that team's star players, Brant Vanaman was named Class 2A Player of the Year.
Vanaman now plays Division One baseball at Kent State University.