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Marion County College Report

Centralia grad Craig Session lives up to his family name

When the name Session is mentioned in Centralia, every Orphan baseball fan or football fan would probably have a story about one or all of the Session boys.

First there was Larry Joe Session, an all-state football player at CHS. His three sons also played football, but were more recognized for baseball. Billy Session and D.J. Session were tremendous baseball players, but the youngest of the siblings, Craig Session, is arguably the best of the three.

"Being a Session was a bit of pressure," Craig said. "My two brothers were awesome baseball and it was tough to fill their shoes. No one was better than my dad. Comparing baseball to football is comparing apples to oranges, but he was a legend at CHS."

The youngest Session boy simply exploded onto the scene as a McKendree freshman. James Boehne, McKendree's head coach, told Session he would get an opportunity to play during his freshman season. Session showed he was up to the task, posting a .392 batting average, while playing in the outfield.

"My freshman year was great, because we had a ton of great players on that team," said Session. "I had a chance to see some great pitchers and hit some great pitches. I loved playing the outfield. It was much easier on my legs."

During his career at McKendree, Craig hit .274 or higher in each of his four years, enabling him to finish with a career average of .320. In 563 trips to the plate, Craig pounded out 180 hits, including 32 doubles and 21 homers. In addition, Craig drove home 124 runs, walked 110 times and scored 89 runs. McKendree posted a 138-81-3 mark during Session's career including a 56-23-1 mark in the American Midwest Conference.

During his senior year, he finished with 29 hits (nine doubles, five homers) over 106 trips to the plate, driving home 29 runs, with 23 walks and 19 runs.

Once again, McKendree finished with a winning record and won both the American Midwest Conference overall title and the conference tournament title. They were 37-21-2 overall and 15-4-1 in the AMC. They advanced to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) World Series and won one contest.

For his play on the field, Craig was named to the American Midwest Conference First Team in 2006. He was also named to the AMC team as a sophomore. He was an honorable mention pick to the conference team in 2007. In 2006, he was named to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Region V All-Region team.

"Any athlete should hit the weight room and make sure you keep your grades up," said Session. Don't spent too much time partying and stay away from the wrong crowd. If you do make a mistake, learn from it. I will miss playing baseball and being part of an organized team."

The son of the late Larry Session and the late Kathy Session of Irvington will earn his degree in sociology in December. He will also have a minor in coaching. He is currently working with All-Pro Outdoor Service, a construction company run by his brothers.

"My parents were great influences in my life and it was tremendously tough losing both of them," said Session. "My uncle (Greg Session) and my aunt (Rita Session) stepped up and took care of me after my parents passed away. They did more than anyone could ask."