TriCounty A third place finish by Illinois Central College in the National Junior College Division II national basketball tournament along with the notching of her 700th career win assured Lorene Ramsey of being honored for the fourth time on the Tri-County sports scene.
A shot at the buzzer gave ICC an 82-80 overtime win in the third place game in Hagerstown, MD., last March to not only give Ramsey her 700th win, but assured her Cougars of a 30-win season in 11 of the last 16 seasons.
One of the nation's most respected coaches in both basketball and softball, Ramsey was named 1992 Coach of the Year after her basketball team won the first of two consecutive National JC Division II titles.
She then was voted Female Coach of the Year the following year when her team repeated as national champions. She also coached ICC to the National Junior College softball crown in Rockford in 1982.
Earlier she was named Sports Figure of the Year for 1979 and was voted into the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame in 1983 for her brilliant softball pitching career with the Pekin Lettes.
A third place finish by Illinois Central College in the National Junior College Division II national basketball tournament along with the notching of her 700th career win assured Lorene Ramsey of being honored for the fourth time on the Tri-County sports scene.
|Ron Dwyer, Sr.|
Ron was an All-Conference, athlete in football, basketball, and baseball at Spalding Institute and achieved All-State honors in basketball. He accepted a full scholarship to Western Illinois University for basketball. After his freshman year he transferred to Bradley University on a baseball scholarship. At BU he played baseball for three years and football for two years. In 1964, he was selected for the All-Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Team. Ron was invited to play on the first Peoria Pacers Baseball Team in the Central Illinois Collegiate League, batting 4th in the lineup and playing 3rd base alongside Don Kessinger, the eventual star shortstop for the Chicago Cubs. After college he shared his sports acumen as an assistant coach for Spalding’s basketball teams that were the state runners-up in 1969 and 1970 Class AA Tournament. He was the pitching coach for the 1974 East Peoria team that placed 2nd in the Class AA Baseball Tournament. Ron was a player/manager in Peoria’s Sunday Morning League for 15 years; for 20 years he served as supervisor of the softball program for the Peoria Park District; for 6 years was active in Little League; and for 2 years helped lead a youth basketball program. He was an umpire/official in baseball, basketball, and football at various levels of competition over 21 seasons.