Stillman Valley grad Andrew Wilhite learning with the Rivets

LOVES PARK, Ill. (WIFR) The Stateline has been a hot-bed for pro athletes over the last couple of years. However, while Hononegah's Tyler Statler and Boylan's Jake Smolinski chose to turn down the college route, Stillman Valley grad Andrew Wilhite is in no hurry.

The former Cardinal has enjoyed his first summer playing for the Rockford Rivets. So far, Wilhite has appeared in 35 games, batting .258 with one home run and 14 RBI. Defensively, the Stillman product has played pretty much all over the diamond, getting starts at first, third and in the outfield.

Wilhite finished up his freshman season at the Vniversity of Minnesota, where he said he learned a lot playing for a D1 program.

"It was a lot of fun," said Wilhite. "Pretty much the same thing, just getting to know the guys, getting to know the coaches, having a great time playing in the Big Ten, great competition."

"It was a lot of fun and just good experience to get better at baseball. My coaches at Minnesota just wanted me to get experience at multiple positions and be comfortable there and just to get more comfortable everywhere defensively. It was cool to see how they do things there because there's been a lot of success lately. It was just nice to get accustomed to that and just get better from that aspect."