Redbirds looking for their third State Farm Valley Baseball Championship title.
The group represented 13 Redbird sports and 46 competed in the 2011-12 year.
Kenny Long made his 91st appearance in the game, becoming the Redbird career leader in appearances.
Illinois State opens against reigning Ohio Valley Conference champions.
2011: Appeared in 16 games, three as a starter ... hit his first-career home run at Belmont (2/19) ... went 1-for-2 with two RBI versus Chicago State (4/1) ... credited with a walk, a RBI and a run scored against Chicago State (4/2) ...collected a sacrifice RBI at Southern Illinois (5/13) ... finished the season with a .100 batting average.
New Trier High School: Two-year starter in baseball while guiding New Trier to a 64-6-1 record during that time ... hit .335 with three home runs, 30 RBI and 12 doubles ... earned team's gold glove award ... selected to the Central Suburban League All-Star Game ... Chicago Sun Times All-Area honorable mention ... helped New Trier win the Central Suburban League title in 2007 and 2008 ... hit .364 as a junior.
Personal: Born 5-22-90 in Chicago ... son of Edward and Pamela Menaker ... has two sisters, Michelle and Elise, a softball player at Cornell University ... father played baseball in the Baltimore Orioles organization ... uncle Stewart Menaker coached in the Chicago Public League for 30 years and was inducted in the Illinois Coaches Hall of Fame ... major: public relations