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Sycamore High School to retire jersey number of former MLB star Kevin Youkilis

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Posted at 10:13 PM, Mar 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-31 15:29:17-04

Former Major League Baseball player Kevin Youkilis will have his high school jersey number retired at Sycamore High School Saturday afternoon.

Youkilis, Sycamore Class of 1997, wore the No. 13 for the Aviators and was four-year letter winner and a two-time All-Greater Miami Conference (1996 and 1997) and All-City (1996 and 1997) baseball player.

The former University of Cincinnati standout was named all-state and the Team MVP his senior season, where he lead the Aves with a .475 batting average and finished second all time in home runs. Youkilis was inducted into the Sycamore Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.

The University of Cincinnati retired his No. 36 jersey number in May 2015.

The Sycamore Athletic Department and Sycamore Community Schools will host an on-field jersey retirement ceremony at 4 p.m. on the campus of Sycamore High School in conjunction with the inaugural Kevin Youkilis Youth Baseball Camp.

"Kevin Youkilis is a role model for not only Sycamore baseball players but all Sycamore students alike," Sycamore Athletic Director Phil Poggi said. "Though blessed with amazing talent, it was Kevin's work ethic, drive, determination, and will to succeed that propelled him to the pinnacle of the baseball profession earning three All-Star nominations and winning two World Series Championships.

"More importantly, Kevin recently returned to the University of Cincinnati to complete his degree which illustrates the value of education and what we seek to install in our students daily."

The inaugural Kevin Youkilis Youth Baseball Camp will take place Friday to Sunday and is open to all boys and girls in 1st through 8th grades. The camp will feature Youkilis on Saturday and will be staffed by Sycamore coach Pete Muehlenkamp and his staff and current players and coaches from the Sycamore Youth Baseball Organization.